Divorce FAQ’s

Can my spouse pay my divorce attorney fees in Florida?

Yes, in Florida, the courts may order one spouse to pay the other spouse’s attorney fees but the award is based upon a series of factors.

How is child support  calculated?

In Florida, the income of both parents and the amount of overnights each has with the children are the two largest factor considered when determining how much child support should be paid, but other factors are also considered.

Is mediation legally required? 

In Florida, attempting divorce mediation before trial is legally required. 

Is Florida a no-fault divorce state? What does this mean?

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means fault for ending the marriage is not assigned to either spouse during the divorce. This also means either spouse can decide to end the marriage if it is “irretrievably broken.”

What does dissolution of marriage mean?

Dissolution of marriage is the legal term for a divorce in Florida. 

What are the legally recognized grounds for a Divorce in Florida?

The most recognized ground for divorce in Florida is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. 

Do I need to hire a Florida divorce attorney?

Legally, you are not required to retain the services of a divorce attorney, but it is in your best interest to do so. An experienced divorce attorney will help you throughout the divorce process. Additionally, your divorce attorney will help keep your goals in mind throughout the divorce to protect and fight for what you are entitled to. 

Can I settle my divorce outside of court?

Yes, you can settle your divorce in mediation or through informal settlement negotiations. In fact, if you are filing for a divorce in Florida, then you are legally required to attempt to settle your divorce in mediation before litigation.

During the divorce process or before, is it possible to relocate out of state with my kids?

If you are moving 50 miles or more away from your current residence with your children, you are required to receive permission from the other parent, or request permission from the Court.

My spouse refuses to get a divorce. What can I do?

If your spouse refuses to get a divorce or to respond to the divorce petition after receiving it, the best thing to do is to speak with a divorce attorney to help the process move forward. The good news is in Florida, you can still get a divorce even if your spouse refuses to cooperate.

Since Florida is a no-fault divorce state, you simply have to allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken, and one spouse can prove this. 

What is the difference between uncontested and contested divorce?

In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on every major issue,.  

Alternatively, in a contested divorce, the spouses disagree on the major issues. Contested divorces tend to rely heavily on the court to make decisions. 

Do I have to disclose my finances during a divorce? 

Yes, each spouse is required to take part in a mandatory disclosure process whereby both spouses exchange legal financial documents to the other. 

Does your firm represent more women than men? 

Great question. We are pretty evenly split down the middle. We do not solely represent one side more than the other in a divorce.