Divorce Mediation Lawyer Serving all of Florida
Attorney Sara J. Singer provides comprehensive yet aggressive legal representation.
Regardless of the reason, a divorce is devasting for everyone involved. No two divorces are the same – every divorce has its own unique set of variables. In addition to the tremendous emotional strain a divorce creates, those involved must consider the ramifications the divorce will have on any assets, properties, children, and even pets involved.
At the Law Offices of Sara J. Singer, P.A., we handle a vast array of family law matters, including every aspect of a divorce and even more complex high net worth divorces.
We keep your goals in sight every step of the way throughout your divorce.
Your goals are our goals. We will fiercely fight for you to help provide you with the legal representation you deserve throughout the divorce process. Our entire family law team is highly experienced and respected in the industry. Attorney Sara J. Singer has successfully represented hundreds of clients throughout her career.
Our office is well known for strategically and creatively developing winning strategies for clients.
Choosing an experienced attorney to have by your side is invaluable.
Divorces can be emotional and complicated ordeals, but having an experienced family law attorney on your side can prove to be an invaluable investment. More often than not, those involved in a divorce are placed in situations where they must make complicated decisions regarding assets, children, pets, and properties.
A great family law attorney can predict the actions the opposing attorney will take and create a strategic response accordingly. Attorney Sara J. Singer and her entire legal team are 100% committed to helping protect your interests and fighting for your goals
Standard divorce process
- After deciding to move forward with a divorce, selecting the right Fort Lauderdale divorce layer is the next critical step.
This step marks the beginning of the divorce process and is often one of the hardest steps to take. A divorce is usually never the first option in someone’s mind when a marriage begins to show signs of failure. In this stage of the divorce process, each spouse usually selects a divorce attorney to handle their case.
- Filing of the petition.
Legally, this is the step that begins the case for a divorce (dissolution of marriage).
- Your spouse is served.
Your spouse is presented with the petition by a process service or the sheriff.
- A response to the petition is filed.
After receiving the petition, the respondent has up to 20 days to respond.
- The mandatory disclosure process commences.
During this step, each party submits a series of financial documents disclosing their assets and liabilities to the other party.
- A legally required divorce mediation is scheduled.
About 90% of all divorce cases settle during mediation. An impartial certified mediator is chosen to help each side negotiate a resolution.. Topics discussed include timesharing, child support, alimony, custody, and equitable distribution of assets. If neither side can come to a decision during mediation, then the case moves to trial. Attempting to finalize an agreement during mediation before going to trial is required in the State of Florida.
- If the parties cannot reach a resolution t mediation, then the case goes to trial.
Divorce cases only move to trial if mediation is deemed unsuccessful. Once a trial has been elected as the next step, each attorney prepares for the trial, which usually involves extensive preparation.
- Trial starts.
Once the trial starts, it’s hard to predict how long it will take. The complexity of the divorce and the assets involved can lengthen the case. Some trials are just a few hours long, while others can take days to complete. In a divorce trial, the judge makes the decision on every matter involved, and what the judge decides is legally binding and enforceable.
- A final judgment is entered.
After the judge issues a ruling, it is formalized in a final judgment , which finalizes the divorce.
- Post-judgment modifications
When situations or circumstances change, filing for a post-judgment modification is possible. Common causes for a post-judgment modification include income changes in one or both former spouses, or a parent’s ability to care for the child has changed.
Getting a divorce in Florida
Florida is considered a “no-fault” state, meaning the Court does not make a decision on which spouse is at fault for ending the marriage. As a no-fault state, to petition for a divorce in Florida, one party just has to prove the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
In Florida, a spouse can also file for a divorce without the other spouse committing any fault.
The legal term for a divorce is “dissolution of marriage,” and this is the name of the legal process to file for a divorce in Florida.
Attorney Sara J. Singer has nearly 10 years of family law experience and has successfully represented hundreds of clients in various family law matters. If you would like to speak to our office or you are ready to schedule your consultation, we invite you to book an appointment online or by calling us at 954-527-2855.