Contested Divorce and
Uncontested Divorce in Florida
Choosing a Divorce Attorney
A divorce, in Florida, is not termed divorce, but is officially called "dissolution of marriage." But regardless of the terms you use, divorce is never an easy process. Divorce is, of course, a legal proceeding, but it is also a very emotional event and is often cited as one of the ten most stressful periods in a person's life. Choosing the right Florida divorce lawyer is an important part of minimizing the emotional and financial hardship associated with such a life-changing event. The Rosenthal Law Group is a Florida family law firm committed to protecting the children, assets, and lifestyles of families in the Tampa Bay area during this stressful and difficult period, allowing you to focus on the more positive aspects of life. We have offices conveniently located in St. Petersburg, and are here to serve you.
Florida is one of many states that does not consider "fault" as grounds for divorce; however, there are times when the actions of a spouse may be considered in awarding alimony, assets, liabilities, and child custody. There is essentially only one requirement for ending a marriage in Florida: that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Either spouse may file for a divorce in Florida, based on jurisdictional requirements. To determine whether or not you meet the jurisdictional requirements, contact one of our Florida family law attorneys to schedule a consultation.
An Uncontested divorce is where both spouses agree on every issue, and the terms of the dissolution. Florida's uncontested dissolution process is not complex; however, the parties may still require the assistance of an attorney. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, issues may include property distribution, debts, assets, child custody, time-sharing, and child support. Uncontested divorces are usually less stressful and can be processed more quickly than contested divorces. Unfortunately, many divorces that begin amicably degenerate into contested divorces, so it is essential that you protect your rights at each stage of the process.
Contested divorce is one in which each spouse does not agree on the terms of the dissolution. Even the most reasonable adults, in such an emotionally charged situation, often have difficulty coming to an agreement on major issues such as the value of family assets, business valuations, child custody, timesharing, child support, and alimony. In these cases, it sometimes takes months (or even years) for spouses to come to an agreement on such important, life-changing issues.
Regardless of whether you file for a contested divorce or uncontested divorce in the State of Florida, it's essential that you find a Florida divorce attorney who can help ensure your rights are protected and advise you of the many alternatives available. The Rosenthal Law Group, P.A. has the experience necessary to assist you in all of your family law needs. Please call us at (727) 456-9221 to speak directly with one of our attorneys. We will be glad to discuss your case and schedule an initial consultation.