Divorce is the legal process by which a married couple may end their marriage. Florida is a “no-fault” dissolution state which means you do not have to allege bad conduct by one party such as adultery, to be entitled to a divorce. Also, the mere fact that your spouse committed adultery may not give you any advantage in a divorce proceeding. While divorce is a legal proceeding, it is also a very emotional process and you need an attorney that can properly guide you through the legal issues while providing the compassion and understanding to get you through this life changing event.
Among the issues that need to be addressed in the process is a determination of assets and their value, the division of those assets and the determination of child support, alimony and a parenting plan that addresses the best interests of your children regarding where they live, go to school and visitation rights of the non-custodial parent.
Each couples divorce is unique as each family is unique and has its own issues to address. While some divorces are contested, others may be uncontested and require the agreements of the parties to be properly documented for future enforcement if necessary.
Another form of divorce proceeding is a “collaborative divorce” where the parties and their attorneys work together along with possible other experts, in a collaborative, non-litigation process to reach an agreement. Once an agreement is reached, then the parties would present it to the judge for entry as a final judgment of divorce. The advantages of an uncontested divorce or a collaborative divorce is that it gives you control of the process so that you are not at the mercy of the determination of third party judge and his or her rulings. It is also a way to keep costs and legal fees under control.
Of course, in those circumstances where the parties cannot work together to reach an agreement, Icard Merrill’s attorneys are ready to put their years of experience to work for you to aggressively protect your rights and get the best results possible for you and your children under the law. Also, when necessary such as in complex asset situations, our Florida divorce lawyers work closely with experts, including appraisers, forensic accountants, business evaluators, and others to ensure that the valuation of assets is performed completely and accurately.