The decision of whether or not to seek a divorce is never easy. However, should you be contemplating filing for divorce then it is important to consult with a lawyer so that you will know what rights you have as a spouse and as a parent.
Florida is a "no fault" state. The only element that must be established in order to be granted a divorce is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. It sounds simple enough, but when it comes to the division of assets, alimony, time-sharing of children, parental responsibility, and child support it can become a complicated and highly contested situation.
Family law, however, is not restricted to just married couples. Many times a man and woman were never married but have a child in common. In such situations it may be necessary to establish paternity and time-sharing, or to modify an existing court order. Unfortunately, such scenarios can be just as complicated as a standard divorce.
Many people can resolve there issues very quickly, while others must attend court ordered mediation before reaching any settlement agreements. Some parties can never agree on anything and must let the Judge decide in a contested trial.
From the filing of the initial petitions, to mediations, and final hearings, divorce and custody proceedings can be complicated and overwhelming. Call the Law Office of James Janousek, P.A. to discuss your rights and options.