The Divorce Process in Orlando, Florida
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Facing a divorce is one of the most stressful and challenging decisions you may have to make. For many people, divorce means drastic life changes, and these adjustments can be very uncomfortable or emotional. Moving, finding a new job, scheduling time with your children, and other new experiences can be distinctly different hurdles to face.
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., our attorneys are deeply familiar with what you may be experiencing during this time, which is why we are dedicated to providing the support and guidance you need to make this situation far less overwhelming. It can be surprising to learn what you’re in for when you file for a divorce, but our team is here to help you better understand the divorce process in Florida.
Step 1. Retain Legal Counsel & File Your Divorce Petition
The very first step of the divorce process is to contact an attorney and file your divorce petition. Your lawyer can help you prepare your petition and file it with the correct court to start the divorce process. Florida is a “no-fault” state, which means it isn’t necessary to prove that your marriage failed due to circumstances such as abuse or infidelity. You will simply need to show that your marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This means it can be far simpler and less challenging to file for a divorce, but it still is wise to seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney.
Step 2. Determine If Your Divorce Is Contested or Uncontested
You will need to determine if your divorce is contested or uncontested before you proceed any further. Commonly, divorces are considered contested—meaning that the spouses do not agree on the terms of their divorce and will need to come to an agreement or face litigation to resolve their divorce. This is costly, time-consuming, and highly stressful. Because of the financially and emotionally draining process of a contested divorce, many courts will encourage couples to work together to resolve their issues together and come to an amicable agreement about how their divorce will be settled.
You will have the option to file for one of two divorce option:
- Uncontested dissolution of marriage: This option is for couples who are in agreement about issues such as child custody, equitable distribution, alimony, and more. This is generally the faster, less expensive divorce option.
- Regular dissolution of marriage: This option is the traditional divorce route, which often leads to litigation to resolve the issues of the divorce mentioned above.
No matter how different your divorce may seem, our lawyers can help you by providing knowledgeable legal counsel, communicating with your spouse’s attorney, and more. If you find yourself facing divorce court, we will work tirelessly to protect your best interests and rights. We stand firmly behind our dedication to excellent advocacy, and our commitment is the reason our founder was selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers!
Step 3. Resolving the Issues of Your Divorce
When you work with our team, we will do everything in our power to help you end your marriage with the most favorable outcome possible. We can help you fight to keep the family home, receive alimony, or gain physical custody of our children if that is what you are seeking in your divorce. We will help you make rational and well-informed decisions throughout the process. Whether you are working with your spouse to resolve your divorce or you are facing litigation, you can count on our lawyers to be in your corner.
We know it can be daunting to face all the changes that come with a divorce. At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we’re ready to help you through this trying time with our supportive and compassionate legal services. We will be with you every step of the way, so you don’t have to deal with facing these difficulties on your own.
Contact our attorneys to request a consultation. Call 407-512-0887.