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The divorce process in Florida and Fort Lauderdale

To begin the Fort Lauderdale divorce process, one spouse must file a petition for the dissolution of marriage with the circuit court. The other spouse then has a maximum of twenty days to file an answer, responding to the issues raised in the initial petition and adding any others that he or she wishes to include. When filing for divorce in Fort Lauderdale, each party must have a separate attorney, even if they agree on all terms of the divorce. 

If the parties agree on all issues related to property division, child custody, and other relevant matters, the divorce is considered uncontested. The parties and their lawyers draft and sign a settlement agreement, file it with the court, and the divorce can be finalized.

If the parties do not agree on one or more issues related to the divorce, they will have opportunities to try to come to an agreement outside of court-often through the mediation process. If the parties are ultimately unable to reach an agreement and any issues are still contested, the case proceeds to trial. The judge then makes the final determination on any contested issues. 

The role of an attorney

While it is possible to obtain a divorce in Fort Lauderdale without a lawyer, the first thing you should do when considering a divorce is speak to an experienced family law attorney. Even if a divorce is uncontested, a Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer can help you through each step of the process, ensure that all paperwork is filed correctly with the court, and that all legal bases are covered so that you are protected against future litigation or a settlement that is not equitable. 

Simplified dissolution of marriage

It is possible to file for divorce in Fort Lauderdale by way of a simplified legal procedure that does not necessarily require an attorney. This is only possible under very specific circumstances that include the following:

  • The couple must have no minor or dependent children
  • Both parties must agree on the division of all property
  • Neither party will be able to receive support from the other 

Couples wishing to learn more about this process may contact the clerk of the circuit court. 

If you are considering divorcing in Fort Lauderdale, you should consider that without the help of an attorney, you will not have professional assistance in filing legal paperwork and may not have the opportunity to appeal if you end up dissatisfied with the outcome. It is always advisable to consult a qualified Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney before getting too involved in the legal process to ensure that you are protected and following the proper procedures.

Contact us

If you are seeking divorce help in Fort Lauderdale, contact the skilled divorce lawyers of Braverman & Hymowitz today.

Braverman & Hymowitz
625 Northeast Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
(954) 524-0505

 

If the parties agree on all issues related to property division, child custody, and other relevant matters, the divorce is considered uncontested. The parties and their lawyers draft and sign a settlement agreement, file it with the court, and the divorce can be finalized.

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