Divorce Overview

Getting divorced is a legally and emotionally difficult process. Prior to filing for divorce it is important to be sure there are no other possible options that could make the marriage work. Marriage and family therapists, psychologists, or other qualified counselors may be of help. In addition to private therapists, many religious organizations also offer counseling to couples and families contemplating divorce. Only when all other options have been tried and the marriage is truly “irretrievably broken” should you file for divorce.

In the event that you have decided to move forward with a dissolution of marriage (divorce), it is essential to hire a skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney to help you through the process. Since Florida is a no-fault state, there is no need to cite a specific reason for the breakdown of the marriage. Instead, in Florida, it has to be alleged that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Fault may be taken into consideration in certain situations when determining alimony or timesharing of minor children.

The purpose in any divorce is to decide the issues in the marriage; which may include spousal support, equitable distribution of the assets and liabilities, child custody and timesharing, child support and any other matters that may be specific to your marriage. These issues can be settled through negotiation, mediation or trial.

Because getting divorced is a very challenging process both emotionally and legally, you may not be fully knowledgeable of all of your rights. Court employees may be able to answer some of your more basic inquiries and point you in the direction of basic forms, however, they are not allowed to give legal advice. At Winston Law, P.A., we can assess your specific needs, advise you of your rights, answer your questions, and help you to make decisions in the best interests of your family.

If you or a loved one are thinking of divorce or are interested in more information, contact Winston Law, P.A. at susan@winstonlawpa.com or (561) 670-9375.