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St. Petersburg Divorce Lawyers

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During one of the most difficult and emotional times of your life, it is absolutely imperative that you have an advocate on your side who can provide not only compassionate support but dedicated representation as well. There are many details and life-changing decisions that are covered during a divorce and you need someone to make sure that your rights are upheld and that you are not being taken advantage of.

At Plotnick Law, our skilled St. Petersburg divorce attorneys share 24 years of experience. We are proud to help our clients understand their situations from a legal perspective and overcome the obstacles they face. From start to finish, we provide dedicated support for you and your loved ones.

Begin your case by calling (727) 295-3558. Our firm takes your calls 24/7.

Types of Divorce

Depending on the details and circumstances of the situation, divorce falls into several categories.

There are several types of divorce in Florida:

  • Default: If one spouse files for divorce and the other spouse does not respond in 20 days or less, the spouse who wants a divorce can file to have the divorce proceed without the other party.
  • Uncontested: When both spouses agree on all the terms of the divorce, they may set a final hearing date after all the necessary paperwork has been filed.
  • Simplified dissolution: When both spouses agree to the divorce and the terms of the divorce and there are no children involved, they can proceed with a simplified dissolution. Other requirements are involved for a couple to be able to pursue this option.
  • Contested: When the couple cannot agree on the terms of the divorce, it is referred to as a contested divorce. Often, the court must settle the terms of the divorce.

How Long Must I Have Lived in Florida Before Filing for Divorce?

In order to file for divorce, at least one spouse must have lived in Florida for a minimum of six months before the petition for divorce is filed.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

An increasingly popular way to work through a divorce is via mediation. In mediation, both parties can sit down with an objective, third-party individual to work through all the details of their divorce in advance, without unnecessary influence from the court.

Is Florida a 50 50 State When it Comes to Divorce?

When it comes to divorce Florida is not a 50 50 state. Even though Florida may not be a 50 50 state also known as “community property state”, it still treats marital property to be divided equally; courts can still deviate from the 50 50 formula, based on the circumstances. Couples in Florida can reach their own settlement agreement outside of the court with the help of their attorney. If a couple in Florida can’t reach a settlement, a judge or arbitrator will judge for them.

Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Florida?

Florida is a no-fault state which means that neither spouse is required to prove that their partner did anything wrong to be eligible for a separation. Since Florida is a no-fault state, adultery has no impact on the ability to divorce.

The benefits of divorce mediation include the following:

  • It often takes less time than divorce litigation.
  • It can help reduce the tension between the couple.
  • It often leads to both parties being satisfied with the results.
  • It is a completely private process.

However, if tensions are too high between the couple, mediation may not be the best route.

Contact Plotnick Law Anytime, 24/7.

When you hire Plotnick Law, you can rest assured that all the legal details will be taken care of. We maintain straightforward communication with you throughout your case and work with you to provide a customized solution to your needs.

Contact our firm today to learn more about how we may be able to help you.

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Nothing is more important to our team than providing clients with thorough, knowledgeable, and passionate representation. Find out how our experience and wisdom has helped us secure favorable outcomes for countless clients by reading our testimonials. We are committed to safeguarding your rights and helping you fight for your best interests.
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