Divorce Lawyers in Tampa
Helping You Navigate the Divorce Process in Florida
As the saying goes, “divorce is never easy,” which is why Four Rivers Law Firm takes a different approach to help you navigate what can be a stressful, expensive, and time-consuming process. We offer a unique choice for the representation of your divorce, one that is designed to match your individual needs and objectives. No two cases are ever alike and, in the matter of divorce, strong emotion can add even more complication to an already difficult process.
The Tampa divorce attorneys at Four Rivers Law Firm strive to take the emotion out of the equation by having both sides cooperate as much as possible. We prefer to work with your spouse’s lawyer in a reasoned approach to settling your divorce as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Whether your divorce is simple or complex due to high assets, we offer menu-based prices and either limited or full representation. We also provide alternative dispute resolution methods to help you and your spouse come to an agreement.
Divorce in Florida
Divorce in Florida is called no-fault, which means you do not need to prove to the court that your spouse damaged the marriage through some misconduct. Rather, either spouse can seek a divorce based on the marriage being “irretrievably broken.” While this simplifies the divorce process, the issues in any divorce that need to be resolved can be complicated.
Untangling a relationship that involves finances, children, family homes, pets, debts, other assets, and more can be difficult. You and your spouse will have to come up with a settlement agreement that is acceptable or put your case before the court so that a judge can decide.
The basic divorce issues that must be resolved to finalize the process include:
- Child custody, or what is referred to as a parenting plan
- Child support
- The division of marital property, assets, and debts, which must be fair and equitable
Divorce Mediation in Tampa
You can come to a divorce agreement through negotiation or mediation which can then be submitted to the court for approval. This is a less costly, less time-consuming, and less public method in which you can retain control of these important decisions.
How Long Do You Have to Be Separated to Get a Divorce in Florida?
Since Florida is a no-fault divorce state, you do not have to live separately for a specified of time before you can file for a divorce. You can file for divorce at any time, married or separated, as long as you believe that your marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
Is Florida a 50/50 State When it Comes to Divorce?
Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means that marital property is not necessarily divided 50/50. Instead, it is divided "equitably" based on what the court decides is fair. This is why it is so important to have a divorce attorney during the equitable distribution process in Florida.
Contact Four Rivers Law Firm Today
The team of attorneys at Four Rivers Law Firm can provide the guidance and assistance you need in a divorce.