Fort Lauderdale Divorce Lawyer
Are you thinking about the possibility of divorce? An experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer at The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A. can discuss your case with you today. Many different kinds of legal issues can arise in a Fort Lauderdale divorce, and it is important to be prepared. We can represent your interests every step of the way, from the initial stages of filing your petition for the dissolution of marriage to seeking a modification after you have experienced a substantial change in circumstances.
How Do I File for Divorce in Fort Lauderdale?
The process of filing for divorce in Florida will begin with a petition for the dissolution of marriage. To be eligible to file for divorce, either you or your spouse must have lived in Florida for at least six months prior to filing.
When you file your petition for the dissolution of marriage, you only need to plead that your marriage is “irretrievably broken” in order to be eligible for divorce. Given that Florida is a no-fault divorce state, parties seeking to dissolve their marriages should not allege fault at the time of filing.
Common Issues in a Fort Lauderdale, FL Divorce
If you are filing for divorce in the near future, you should expect that some or all of the following issues will arise in your Fort Lauderdale divorce case:
- Equitable division of marital property;
- Complex property division;
- Alimony or spousal maintenance;
- Child support; and
- Child custody, including parenting and time-sharing.
Some divorces are known as “uncontested” divorces, which means the spouses have reached an agreement about all legal matters in the divorce case, from marital property distribution to issues of child custody if they share minor children from their marriage. Uncontested divorces tend to be much quicker than “contested” divorces, which are divorces in which the parties cannot reach an agreement about one or more issues. In a contested divorce, the court must hear a disputed issue and reach a decision, such as how marital assets should be divided or how the parties will have time-sharing with their children.
Property Division in Your Fort Lauderdale Divorce
Florida is an equitable distribution state. Accordingly, all marital assets and debts will need to be classified and divided in a manner that the court decides is fair to both spouses. Courts can look at many different factors in determining what is fair or equitable to both spouses, taking into account issues like each spouse’s contribution to the marriage (financial and otherwise).
Contact a Fort Lauderdale Divorce Attorney
If you are thinking about filing for divorce in Fort Lauderdale, or if you are currently in the early stages of a Fort Lauderdale divorce case, it is essential to seek representation from one of our experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyers. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm to learn more about how we can help with your divorce. Contact The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A. today to learn more about the services we provide to clients in South Florida divorces.