The Divorce Process in Tampa, FL
Steps Involved in a Divorce
divorce is unique. Some couples are able to agree on the main terms of their divorce
uncontested divorce, while other couples may require further legal assistance and even the
need to go to court in a contested divorce. The process of actually filing
and carrying out a divorce can be complex whether you are the individual
that is doing the filing or you have been served with divorce papers by
your spouse. There are many steps to take and documents that will need
to be submitted, and any errors during these procedures can set you back.
It is important to be as thorough as possible since errors can cost both
time and money, and make an already difficult situation dragged out. Make
sure you are well informed and represented by a Tampa divorce lawyer that
understands what to prepare for.
The divorce process in the state of Florida is comprised of several steps.
These steps include:
- Filing a petition for divorce with the court. After one spouse has filed,
the other spouse must be officially served with the petition, and will
have 20 days to respond.
- A case management conference is then scheduled by the court within 90 days
of the petition being filed. This conference is mandatory, and requires
that the involved parties file certain pleadings, such as a financial
affidavit, completion of a parenting class and child support guidelines
worksheet, and completion of financial disclosure.
- Once the initial paperwork has been filed, the process of financial discovery
begins. This involves the two parties obtaining and providing their financial
information to one another, including their income, assets, and debts.
Should minor children be involved, issues related to the
custody of the children and
visitation rights for the other party must be addressed and resolved. Other issues, such
as child support, child care, and medical/dental expenses may also need
to be addressed as well.
- Following financial discovery, a mediation conference is held. Most divorce
cases settle during mediation, with an agreement drafted and signed.
- If an agreement is not reached through mediation, a temporary relief hearing
is held to address immediate issues such as alimony, child custody, visitation,
and attorney fees.
- If the judge must decide the final outcome of the divorce, a pretrial conference
is held, followed by a final hearing one month later. In the final hearing,
all matters related to the divorce will be decided upon by the judge.
Retain a Compassionate Lawyer
For further information about the divorce process, contact a Tampa divorce
attorney from our firm who is available to provide you with caring and
attentive help and information. Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo has been
assisting individuals in their divorce cases for well over 15 years. Our
legal team possesses the skill and wherewithal to obtain successful outcomes
on behalf of our clients, and ensures that those clients' needs are
being met while doing so. If you are considering divorce,
contact our offices today.
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