Contested Dissolution of Marriage:
The regular contested dissolution process begins with a petition for dissolution of marriage, filed with the circuit court, in the county where you last lived together as husband and wife. Either the husband or wife may file for dissolution of marriage and the petitioner must allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken. The petition sets out what the person wants from the Family Law Court. The other spouse must file an answer within 20 days of being served, addressing the matters in the initial petition and, if he or she wishes, including a counter-petition for dissolution of marriage raising any additional issues the answering party requests the Family Law Court to address.
In Hillsborough County, the Court requires most parties to attend mediation before the scheduling of any contested hearing(s), with a few minor exceptions. Mediation is a procedure to assist you and your spouse in working out an arrangement for reaching agreement without a protracted process or a trial. Its purpose is not to save a marriage, but to help divorcing couples reach a solution and arrive at agreeable terms without the cost of extensive litigation. Settlement and mediation are the most cost efficient ways to resolve a contested dissolution of marriage.
In those rare cases where the opposing side is unwilling to resolve the case equitably, Ms. Palma’s 18 years of litigation experience are utilized to protect the best interests of her clients and their children.
Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage:
Filing for a Dissolution of Marriage in Florida can sometimes be a long and expensive process. However, if you and your spouse are eligible for an uncontested divorce it can significantly reduce your costs and the length of the litigation process. Unfortunately, not all divorce cases are eligible for an uncontested divorce. If you are considering filing for an uncontested divorce you should speak with a divorce lawyer before taking any legal action. A divorce attorney can explain all the possible advantages and disadvantages to filing for an uncontested dissolution of marriage in Florida and help you decide the right course of action based on your specific case.
In order to be eligible for an uncontested divorce with our law firm, the parties must be in complete agreement about the following issues:
- Division of assets and liabilities;
- Time-sharing of the minor children;
- Child Support;
- All other matter related to the dissolution of marriage.
Uncontested Divorce in the Tampa Bay Area
The Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A.., offers a flat fee option for uncontested dissolution of marriage cases. The flat fee for divorce will vary based on the circumstances of each case. Potential clients should be aware that Florida will also charge filing fees for the divorce. Filing fees are separate and in addition to any fee for legal services paid to an attorney. Filing fees are charged by the court and paid directly to the Clerk of Court. The filing fee for an uncontested dissolution of marriage in Florida is approximately $410.
In most instances, filing for uncontested divorce will be a lot less expensive and less time consuming than a traditional divorce. Most divorce attorneys in the Tampa Bay Area charge $250 – $450 per hour. The more time spent having to negotiate with the other side, attend court hearings, and file documents with the court the more it will cost for legal services. Filing for simplified or uncontested divorce can eliminate the need for all of these extra costs. Additionally, it will streamline the divorce process and allow the court to enter the dissolution of marriage much sooner.
If you are considering filing for divorce in Florida, feel free to contact Patricia Palma, owner of The Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A. to discuss the details of your case.