Some of the significant issues and decisions that need to be addressed in a Divorce are:
To qualify for an Uncontested Divorce in Florida, you must meet the following Conditions:
An uncontested divorce can quickly become contested if a conflict arises. Contested divorces are common due to the complexities of the lifestyles of families today. High-conflict divorces are fundamentally adversarial. When there is a history of domestic violence, a spouse may seek an injunction or “protective” order against the opposing spouse. It is necessary for their safety and the children’s well-being. Domestic abuse will factor into the custody and visitation schedule in the parenting plan. The process of a contested divorce begins when one party files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
There is a period of discovery when both parties gather and submit documentation regarding marital and non-marital assets and debts. Examples are property, income, stocks, business financials, inheritances, and more. Financial disclosure is one of the most critical factors in a divorce. The court will decide on a fair and reasonable distribution of assets, liabilities, and properties from that information.
As experienced family law attorneys, Downer Law can investigate hidden assets and under-reported incomes of the opposing spouse. For high asset marriages, the valuation of assets and debts is critical in settling a divorce. As needed, we have resources such as property appraisers and forensic accountants. While a divorce is pending, we can seek temporary orders from the court for spousal support, child support, custody, and visitation. Temporary support will help the lower-earning spouse to remain financially stable until the divorce is finalized.