Divorce and Legal Separation

Divorce and legal separation can be messy, but proper legal help can put your mind at ease and protect your rights.

Filing for a Divorce

To file for a divorce in Florida, you must prove the marriage is irretrievably broken. After you file a petition for dissolution of marriage, the other party will have a 20-day window in which to respond with an answer. In addition to raising new concerns, this answer can either confirm or deny the claims made in your petition.

Once the divorce is in motion, both parties will need to present financial documents and file a financial affidavit. The only case in which this isn’t necessary is when each party has complete knowledge of the other party’s financial situation, including assets, debts, income and expenses.

To Settle or Not to Settle

Deciding which party gets which possession can be a difficult process, but it’s nothing compared to working out a custody agreement that works for both parties. If both parties are interested in working to decide upon a mutual settlement, a material settlement can be written and signed by both of them. When both parties settle in this manner, a divorce can be finalized as soon as 20 days after the filing date. If an agreement cannot be reached, a judge will rule on disputes made by each party.

Let Us Help You

If you’re going through a divorce, it’s important that you protect your rights during each stage of the process. During times of emotional distress, it can be difficult to think clearly and make the best decisions for yourself. Having legal help to ease the burden of dealing with paperwork and stressful disputes ensures you get what you deserve. The divorce and legal separation attorneys at BCN Law can help you understand and protect your rights and collect the compensation you deserve. BCN Law strives to consistently deliver an excellent client experience and tangible results. To schedule a free consultation*, call 855-LAW-2020.