Navigating Divorce with Compassion, Ensuring a New Beginning Full of Hope
Divorce is a difficult decision and can be legally and emotionally challenging. It is important you feel comfortable and have confidence in your attorney. The Carroll Law Firm provides compassionate legal service throughout the process with twenty-five years of experience and knowledge.
Florida is a “no fault” state, and either party can file to end a marriage stating, “the marriage is irretrievably broken” without stating fault. Divorces are either contested, meaning the parties cannot come to an agreement on their own, or uncontested, often referred to as a simple divorce. An uncontested divorce happens when the parties agree on all issues required to dissolve the marriage. Even when filing an uncontested divorce, there are technicalities and procedures that can prolong a divorce or even have the court dismiss the matter. Our law firm will help from filing to final hearing that your uncontested divorce is completed without those issues.
Contested divorces are more complicated due to the number of issues the parties cannot come to an agreement on. The issues most contested are regarding the children, division of assets, debts, and alimony. We have twenty-five years of experience assisting clients through all of these matters.
To file for divorce in Florida, the following requirements must be met:
- At least one spouse needs to have been a Florida resident for no less than six months.
- Proof of residency with a Florida driver's license or a notarized affidavit.
- If you have relocated within the last six month outside of Florida, you may file for divorce in the state.
Here are the two most common questions clients ask us regarding divorce:
How long will this take? The duration of divorce proceedings can vary widely, often depending on factors like the complexity of the case, the level of agreement between parties, and the specific legal requirements of your jurisdiction. Generally, it can range from a few months for uncontested cases to a couple of years for more complex situations.
How much will this cost? The cost of divorce proceedings varies based on factors such as complexity, legal representation, and negotiations. It's advisable to consult with our team at The Carroll Law Firm to discuss your specific situation and gain a clearer understanding of potential costs.
The Legal Process
Here's a general overview of the steps involved in navigating a divorce with us. From initial consultations to final agreements, we break down each stage, providing clarity and guidance to help you understand what to expect. Our aim is to make the legal journey as smooth and informed as possible, ensuring you feel supported at every turn.
Initial Consultation: During the initial consultation, we take the time to understand your unique situation and objectives. This first meeting is about listening to your concerns, discussing the legal framework of divorce, and outlining potential strategies tailored to your case. Our goal is to provide clear guidance, answer your questions, and establish a foundation for a supportive and effective attorney-client relationship.
Legal Strategy Development: Based on the initial consultation, we'll devise a tailored legal strategy, advising on the best course of action, whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation.
Representation & Advocacy: We'll represent your interests throughout the divorce process, from filing legal documents and negotiating with the opposing party to advocating in court, if necessary, ensuring your rights are protected and objectives pursued.