Lake County Divorce Attorneys Explain the Best Options

Tavares Divorce lawyers at CMH Family Law stress the importance of learning as much as you can about Florida divorce laws even if your marriage is ending by mutual consent. Although you and your partner may be determined to make an amicable split, you should still be aware of all the legal implications of the decisions you make. A difficult situation can be made a bit less unpleasant when both parties are fully informed. The divorce lawyers at CMH can help you decide the best way forward. Call (352) 432-8644 for experienced guidance.

Types of Divorces in Florida

In Florida, a divorce is called the “dissolution of marriage.” As a “no-fault” state, there are no requirements for dissolving your relationship other than proving that a marriage exists, that one party has been a Florida resident for six months immediately preceding the filing of the petition, and a declaration that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Simplified Dissolution

If you and your partner have mutually agreed to end the marriage and there are no contested issues, you may be able to file for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. 

The requirements for a Simple Dissolution are:

  • There are have no minor (under 18) or dependent children.
  • Neither party is pregnant.
  • At least one of the parties has lived in Florida for the past six months.
  • The parties agree on a division of assets and debts
  • Neither party is seeking alimony.
  • Both parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Regular Dissolution

There are three kinds of Regular Dissolution of Marriage in Florida:

Contested or Uncontested

Regular Dissolution of Marriage can be either Contested or Uncontested. 

An Uncontested Divorce in Florida is suitable for when both parties agree to the general terms of dissolution but need to negotiate some financial aspects, child custody, or alimony. In this case, you may engage in mediation through the County Domestic Relations office. Although the process can be fairly straight forward, it is still wise to engage a divorce lawyer to protect your interests.

Contested divorces are the most common. They tend to be difficult, highly emotional dramas, which are best handled with an experienced and aggressive attorney. Your lawyer should be a  skilled negotiator who excels in adversarial situations. A tough, seasoned litigator may be able to resolve many critical issues to your satisfaction through mediation while reserving the right to bring the remaining issues before the Court at Final Hearing.

If you have reached the point in your marriage when you are considering a divorce, you’ll want a skilled and compassionate divorce attorney fighting to protect your interests. There’s a lot at stake, including the division of assets and property, child custody, and alimony. 

Start protecting your future now. Contact the Lake County Divorce Attorneys at the CMH Law Offices in Clermont or Tavares by calling (352) 432-8644 or use our online Contact Form. Representing clients throughout Central Florida, including Lake County, Sumter County, Orange County.