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Understanding Contested Divorce in Florida

Some divorces are simple and easy, and both parties fully agree on every matter involved in the process. However, in the majority of divorces, both spouses cannot reach an agreement on their own and must involve the court to divide assets and child custody for them.

A contested divorce occurs when the divorcing couple cannot mutually agree on the terms of the divorce. If you’re going through a contested divorce, hiring a competent divorce attorney is essential to achieve a fair outcome.

Your attorney can help the judge understand your wants and needs in the divorce process and ensure that your voice is heard throughout the proceedings.

How Does a Judge Divide Property in a Contested Divorce in Florida?

In a contested divorce, a judge typically determines the division of property. Florida uses a 50/50 method to divide property in divorce cases, meaning that the judge will seek to assign each spouse equitable portions of the shared assets. This split of assets may not necessarily be equal. Several factors may affect this division, such as:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The financial circumstances of both parties
  • The career and education of each party
  • Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage
  • Any minor children shared by the couple.

How Does a Judge Determine Child Custody in a Contested Divorce in Florida?

Child custody is often an issue that arises in contested divorces, as many divorcing couples cannot mutually agree on issues of custody. In these cases, a judge will need to decide for them.

The judge will consider many factors when determining child custody such as the ages of the children, the residences of the divorcing parents, and the relationships between the children and both parents.

However, all of these factors center around the best interests of the children. The judge will determine a fair agreement that keeps the children’s needs as the focus.  If both parents are fit to continue caring for the child, the judge will also attempt to make this agreement fair for them.

If you are seeking full custody in a contested divorce, you need a qualified attorney on your side to improve your outcomes. Our experienced divorce lawyers are here to assist you with child custody and all other matters involved in your divorce.

What Is a Request for Temporary Relief in a Florida Divorce?

Contested divorces often take many months from beginning to end. Implementing temporary agreements for child custody, time sharing, child support, or alimony during this time can be highly beneficial for divorcing couples with children.

By requesting temporary relief, you may come to a short-term agreement about issues within the divorce proceedings that lasts until the divorce is finalized. This agreement can ensure that both spouses and any children are taken care of during a lengthy divorce process, even before both parties can reach a final decision. It can also help you and your spouse test-drive an agreement that may become permanent once your divorce is finalized.

If you’re considering implementing temporary relief, our experienced Florida divorce attorneys can help. We can walk you through this process and help you and your spouse determine a short-term agreement that works for both of you.

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Why Choose The Family Matters Law Firm ?

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Legal concerns with family can cause intense stress and have far-reaching effects. This can be especially true when children are involved. You also have a lot of financial interests in a family law case, so you must partner with the right attorney. The team at The Family Matters Law Firm is the right choice for these reasons:

  • We understand family. The Family Matters Law Firm offers our clients a family-friendly environment. We understand how delicate legal issues are with spouses, partners, and children.
  • We speak Spanish. Language barriers shouldn’t be a problem when you work with our firm. We speak Spanish and can understand your personal concerns.
  • We have the experience and skills. Family law is not something anyone should take lightly. Our attorneys have been practicing law for more than 20 years. We understand the critical aspects of family law and the essential steps with each case.

Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

If you are going through a contested divorce, having an attorney on your side is essential. Contested divorces can be complicated, time-consuming, and messy. They often involve heated emotions and numerous disagreements between both parties.

However, working with an attorney can take the stress of navigating this process off your shoulders and give you access to professional guidance along the way. Your attorney can:

  • Communicate with your spouse and their lawyer on your behalf
  • Walk you through the steps in the divorce process
  • Help you understand paperwork
  • Help you dictate your wants and needs to the judge
  • Provide legal advice and guidance

How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take?

A contested divorce can take anywhere from three months to two years depending on the complexity of the case. On average, these cases take at least a year.

Numerous factors can affect the speed of the divorce, such as the number of court appearances needed, the number of shared assets, and the willingness of both parties to reach an agreement. Even if you want to complete the divorce quickly, your spouse may have other intentions.

However, working with a qualified attorney can streamline your divorce process. Your attorney can provide guidance to streamline the divorce and avoid additional court hearings.

Contact The Family Matters Law Firm today to schedule your strategy session and discuss priorities for your future and the details of your divorce case.

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