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Divorce is not something anyone plans for when they get married, yet every day married couples choose to end their relationship for any number of reasons. With modern no-fault divorce laws, dissolving a marriage is not a particularly difficult matter. However, in any marriage of virtually any length, there are important issues to consider when divorcing. The decisions made by a judge when granting a divorce are for the most part final and can continue to have effects on the former couple for years and decades into the future. Crystal Collins Spencer and the attorneys and staff at Spencer Law, PA. are here to make sure that you are well-represented in your divorce.
A Look at Florida Divorce Laws, and Important Issues to Consider
Florida has done away with the grounds for divorce that require one spouse to prove that the other spouse was somehow at fault in causing the marriage to break up. To file for divorce in Florida, it is only necessary that one spouse has established residency in the state for at least six months, and that the papers filed show that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
While the reason for the divorce does not come into play in establishing the “no-fault” ground for divorce, it may have some impact on other issues in the divorce, such as the parenting plan, spousal support, or the property division. Spencer Law, P.A. provides strong, effective representation in all of these areas. See below for a brief overview of each issue, or click on the topic for a more in-depth discussion of the law in this area and how our office can help.
Child Custody and Support – Known in Florida as timesharing, child custody can be granted solely to one parent or shared between the two, often with one parent taking on the role as the primary custodial parent. When custody is disputed, proving the facts needed to make your case requires the help of a strong, experienced litigator. The determination of child support, while mostly made according to statutory guidelines and formulas, requires the help of a lawyer knowledgeable in the law who can make sure the correct amount is calculated.
Spousal Support – Spousal support or alimony is not granted in every divorce. If one party is seeking spousal support and the other party is contesting it, there are many factors which must be proven before the judge decides whether to grant alimony, how much, and for how long.
Property Division – Florida law does not require an equal split of marital property, but it must be fair. This decision takes into account a whole host of factors, many of which are subjective and should be presented to the court by a thorough, thoughtful and assertive attorney on your behalf. Spencer Law, P.A. can help even in divorces involving high net worth or complex assets.
Modification & Enforcement – Spencer Law, P.A. helps individuals post-divorce when a change in circumstances requires a modification of court orders regarding timesharing, child support or spousal support. Attorney Crystal Collins Spencer is a known voice in the area of parental relocation who has argued a seminal case on the matter in the Florida Supreme Court. Our office can also assist in seeking or challenging enforcement of orders regarding custody and support.
Help is Available with Divorce in Pensacola, Destin and Panama City
If you are contemplating filing for divorce, or if you have been served with divorce papers in Escambia, Bay or Okaloosa County, contact Spencer Law, P.A. to discuss the matter with a knowledgeable and effective Florida family law attorney.