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Pinellas County Divorce Attorneys

Family Law Attorneys Serving with Compassion & Professionalism

Getting a divorce can be one of the most emotional and traumatic experiences a person can go through. No one gets married anticipating a divorce, and most times, a dissolution of marriage gives rise to a range of concerns regarding child custody, support, alimony, and property division, to name a few. With so much on the line and many interests involved, you would benefit from an experienced team of divorce lawyers, such as our very own.

At George & French, Attorneys at Law, we are devoted solely to the practice of family law. When you retain our firm, you will work one-on-one with a skilled and caring professional who is committed to helping you navigate the storm of all family law matters, including divorce, collaborative law, post-judgment modifications, paternity, and appeals. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality service with confidentiality, compassion, and confidence. Our Pinellas County divorce attorneys remain honest and provide straightforward advice without relying on legal jargon. Instead, you’ll receive clear and comprehensive advice that has been tailored to your unique situation.

Contact us at (727) 877-1088 to get started! Every step of the way, we will be by your side delivering the respectful guidance you need to resolve your case and move onto the next chapter of your life.

Florida Divorce Process

The steps in a divorce depend on your unique situation. If you and your spouse are able to work things out together and efficiently reach agreements, the divorce process may be much more straightforward than it would in a contested divorce, where both sides cannot see eye-to-eye and are unable to reach agreements as a result. Generally, however, the Florida divorce typically goes as follows:

  • Step 1: The divorce process begins when you or your spouse files a Petition for a Dissolution of Marriage with the Circuit Court in the county where either party resides. Florida is a no-fault divorce state, meaning, you or your spouse only have to allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken. You do not have to explain why.
  • Step 2: Once the petition is filed, the other spouse must be “served.” If you filed the divorce petition, a sheriff or certified court processer will serve the divorce papers for you. From there, your spouse must file an answer within 20 days of being served. Their answer must address the matters outlined in the original petition and may or may not include a counter-petition consisting of additional issues that your spouse wants to address. If your spouse agrees to all the matters in the divorce papers, then the divorce is “uncontested.” However, the divorce will be “contested” if your spouse does not agree to all the matters in the divorce papers.
  • Step 3: Both parties must provide certain financial documents, including a Financial Affidavit, to each other. This is because financial disclosure is key to helping the Court and spouses address matters such as child support, alimony, and more.
  • Step 4: Mediation is a popular alternative to litigation, as it allows spouses to reach agreements on their terms rather than letting a judge decide. Mediation is a cost-effective, expedited, and effective way of resolving divorce matters such as child support, visitation, and property division. However, mediation is not for everyone. Spouses who get along and respect one another would benefit from mediation more than spouses who are resentful and uncooperative.
  • Step 5: The Collaborative Law approach, each spouse hires his or her own lawyer, and the lawyers work with each other and the spouses to draft an amicable agreement for everyone. It is best suited for parties who are willing to work together and are open to compromise but who need help and guidance along the way.
  • Step 6: In an uncontested divorce, both spouses must draft and sign a written agreement and present it to the Court. A judge can then finalize the divorce in a short amount of time. On the other hand, a contested divorce will look a little different at this stage. If you and your spouse cannot agree on all issues, you will both attend a final hearing, where both parties will present evidence and testimony to the judge. From there, the judge will make a decision on the contested issues.

How Long Does a Divorce Take in Florida?

It depends. If your divorce is contested, the process could take anywhere from 6 weeks to several months and even years if circumstances call for it. An uncontested divorce in Florida generally takes a shorter amount of time to obtain, typically, between 4 and 6 weeks after the petition has been filed. Remember, though, that the divorce timeline in Florida ultimately depends on the contested issues in your divorce and the ability of you and your spouse to reach timely resolutions.

Retaining a skilled and knowledgeable divorce attorney could help ease the burdens of your situation. They can help expedite the process and offer effective solutions that help you and your spouse reach mutually beneficial agreements without going to Court. That said, we strongly encourage you to get trustworthy and honest legal representation from our divorce attorneys George & French, Attorneys at Law. We are just a phone call away!

Is Going to Court the Only Way?

No! If you and your spouse are on relatively good terms, you can opt for the collaborative law approach. This is a process where the terms of your divorce settlement are negotiated outside of the courtroom, potentially saving time and legal fees.

With collaborative divorce, each spouse hires an attorney to represent them, but everyone works together to reach an agreement on property division, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other issues pertinent to the divorce.

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To Complex Family Law Cases in Pinellas County

At George & French, Attorneys at Law, we realize that resolving family law matters can be stressful and emotional. We strive to make your experience as informative and pleasant as possible during what is sure to be a difficult time.

We also realize that many of our clients have no experience with legal processes and may have never stepped foot inside a negotiating room or a courtroom. Our firm goes to great lengths to educate our clients regarding the judicial process and procedures to ensure that they know what to expect throughout their case.

The strength of our firm is not only our extensive legal skills and qualifications but our ability to guide clients through particularly difficult and emotional legal disputes. We understand that each case and each client is different – and we take pride in our ability to provide individualized attention to our clients and address their specific needs and concerns.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many courts are holding virtual hearings on Zoom and other programs. If you are concerned about your virtual hearing, our team is here to help.

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  • We are available to help you prepare for virtual hearings via Zoom and other digital platforms to accommodate changes.
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