IAML Fellow, Lawrence Katz of Florida, USA speaks at the IAML Hague Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2013 on the subject of International Relocations.
Keeping you informed along the way
The divorce process can be overwhelming and confusing. You probably have many questions about your rights and how the process works. You can rely on us to take the time to listen to your concerns, guide you through the process and thoroughly answer any questions you may have along the way. The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. provides knowledgeable, compassionate legal guidance for every step in your divorce.
Filing for divorce in Florida
Fault is not necessary to justify a divorce in Florida any longer, so you must only prove that the marriage exists, that one party has been a Florida resident for six months immediately preceding the filing of the petition, and that the marriage is irretrievably broken or that one spouse is mentally incapacitated.
In the regular dissolution process, one spouse files a petition for dissolution of marriage in the circuit court in the county typically where the couple last lived together as husband and wife. Either spouse can file with or without a divorce lawyer, but an experienced family law attorney is highly recommended if you have children or assets and debts to divide, as these issues are very complex and can have a long-lasting impact.
Responding to divorce papers
The responding spouse must file an answer within 20 days of being served with a copy of the divorce petition. If minor children are involved, each party must provide financial information and submit child support worksheets. If you and your spouse agree on property division, a parenting plan inclusive of time-sharing, child support and other issues, you may enter into a written agreement and present the agreement to the court.
Seeking resolutions through mediation or trial
If parties are not able to reach an agreement, some counties in Florida require mediation before setting a trial date. Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party meets with the spouses, facilitates negotiations and encourages resolution of disputed issues. If mediation is unsuccessful, your case must go to trial, at which time both spouses have an opportunity to present evidence to the court. The judge makes the final decision on all contested issues.
The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. has the experience to competently guide you through the process, no matter how complicated your case. We answer your questions and help you make decisions regarding child custody, time-sharing and child support. We diligently pursue a settlement to resolve your case quickly, but we are prepared to go to court if necessary.
Let our Florida divorce attorney help
The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. is prepared to be your reliable legal counselor. Choosing the right attorney can help ease your stress during the divorce process. We explain the process and work with you to reach the resolution that is best for you and your family. We are available by appointment, so contact us today at 786-991-2629 or online to schedule a consultation.