Orlando Divorce Lawyer
Are you contemplating a much-needed divorce? Have you been served with divorce paperwork and need to file a response or answer? Are you and your spouse in agreement on getting a divorce and need guidance in putting the paperwork in order?
The Donna Hung Law Group can represent you. We handle simplified, uncontested, and complex contested divorce cases.
Florida is a no-fault state. This means that it does not matter whose “fault” the divorce is. However, it may be a factor in the distribution of assets if it can be shown that one party dissipated a marital asset for a non-marital purpose. Additionally, if there are negative reasons or “fault” in a divorce, it may be relevant to a Judge in determining whether or not any alimony is awarded. Generally though, a couple only needs to state that their marriage is irretrievably broken to obtain a divorce. Contact our experienced Orlando divorce lawyers for more information or immediate assistance.
Types of Divorce in Florida
Contested Divorce v. Uncontested Divorce
A contested divorce is a divorce in which the parties do not agree on certain terms of the divorce, whether that be a division of property or custody/visitation of minor children. If a matter is contested, those issues will be presented to a Judge who will decide the distribution of assets/liabilities, payment of alimony, parental responsibility, child support, and custody/visitation of the minor children. Before you get to the Judge however, you will be required to attend mediation. Mediation is a process whereby a neutral third person acts to encourage the resolution of disputes through a non-adversarial process and assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. Additionally, mediation can save the parties money by helping to resolve the disputed issues early while leaving judicial resources available.
An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which the parties agree on all terms of their divorce and have entered into a Marital Settlement Agreement which solemnizes the parties’ agreement with respect to their assets and liabilities, minor children, child support, alimony, etc. The Marital Settlement Agreement will be incorporated into a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage at a Final Judgment Hearing.
Florida has a procedure for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. In order to qualify to use this procedure, the spouses must certify that: (1) there are no minor or dependent children of the spouses and the wife is not pregnant; (2) the spouses have made a satisfactory division of their property and have agreed as to payment of their joint obligations; (3) that one of the spouses has been a resident of Florida for 6 months immediately prior to filing for dissolution of marriage; and (4) that their marriage is irretrievably broken. The spouses must appear in court to testify as to these items and file a Certificate of a Corroborating Witness as to the residency requirement. Each must also attach a financial affidavit to the Simplified Dissolution Petition.
If you are facing a divorce or want more information on filing for a divorce, contact a knowledgeable Orlando Family Law Attorney for immediate legal direction. Do not make the mistake in trying to do it yourself and do not hire an inexperienced family law attorney. The repercussions are great. It is much more difficult to try and modify a final judgment of dissolution of marriage than having it done correctly in the first place by Attorney Hung.
Contact Our Experienced Orlando Divorce Lawyers Today
The Donna Hung Law Group uses an aggressive and practical approach to client representation throughout Orlando and surrounding areas, contact our experienced Orlando divorce lawyers today, we can help.
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