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Divorce FAQ

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At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., our team of seasoned legal professionals understand how hard it can be to navigate the divorce process alone. This is why our lawyers are here to handle every aspect of your divorce to ensure you obtain a fair case result. Below, we answer some of the common questions our clients ask us about getting divorced.

Question: How should I prepare for my divorce?

A: Once you know you want to leave your spouse, you need to start setting money aside. The first thing you should do is open a separate bank account, this way your ex won’t be able to access your money. If you have any joint accounts with your ex, make sure you close them. Create a spreadsheet to track your finances and make copies of important financial documents, such as credit card statements, pay stubs, and tax returns.

Question: Is there a difference between legal separation and divorce?

A: When a couple legally separates, they are still married under the law, but live in separate households. The couple still goes through the formal process of determining child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support arrangements if they decide to separate. Couples who have legally separated can choose to get divorced at a later time.

Question: What should I do if my spouse doesn’t pay child support or alimony?

A: If your spouse is refusing to pay child support or alimony, you can petition the court for back child support that will be taken directly from the paying parent’s wages. Our attorneys can help you obtain a wage withholding order from the court or child support enforcement agency.

Question: Is the divorce process different for same-sex divorces?

A: In 2015, Florida courts ruled that a refusal to acknowledge same-sex divorce requests is a violation of equal protection provisions contained in the U.S. Constitution.

Question: What should I do if I’m being harassed by my spouse?

A: If your ex’s actions are violent or extreme, you need to immediately call the police. In the state of Florida, there is a process to obtain a restraining order without notifying your spouse of your efforts.

Speak to a Destin Family Law Attorney

Do you need help with your divorce case? Stop by our office today to discuss your situation with our skilled legal team. We can build a strong legal strategy to protect your interests, and we will fight to make sure your divorce agreement is fair. Our attorneys are prepared to get to work for you.

Call (800) 822-5170 to get more answers to your divorce questions from one of our lawyers in Destin.