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Dedicated Divorce Assistance for Florida Residents
Divorce is never easy or straightforward, but with the skilled legal assistance of our Panama City Beach divorce attorneys, you may be able to find a better path forward into the future. At the Virga Law Firm, P.A., we have more than 100 years of combined family law experience, and we’re committed to helping you resolve any divorce disputes in a positive and meaningful way. Whether you’re dealing with complex child custody issues or struggling to figure out equitable property distribution, we’ll be here 24/7 to answer your call and protect your interests.
Common Issues in Divorce Cases
Although many U.S. marriages end in divorce, people tend to underestimate how difficult it can be to untangle shared lives and assets during divorce proceedings. Whether you have a high net-worth or not, there are dozens of possible issues that can come up over the course of your divorce. If you and your spouse are unable to find a compromise, these decisions will likely be made by a divorce court judge – and you’ll need a committed divorce lawyer to offer the representation you need.
Some of the most common matters addressed in divorce cases include:
- Child custody and parental responsibility
- Child support
- Alimony or spousal support
- Equitable property division
- Revisiting prenuptial agreements
- Domestic violence
- Enforcing court orders
Defining Fault in Florida Divorces
Because Florida is a “no-fault” state, you do not need to prove that your spouse was guilty of bad behavior in order to file for a divorce. Instead, you can file on the grounds that your marriage is irretrievably broken, meaning that you no longer get along as a married couple. Although fault isn’t necessary for the divorce itself, however, the court may consider fault as a factor in decisions about finances, child rearing, and more, especially if there are allegations of abuse.
Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce
Of course, even if you don’t cite any fault in the marriage dissolution, your soon-to-be ex-spouse may contest the divorce terms. This is called a “contested divorce,” and it can lead to bitter and protracted court battles without the right legal counsel on your side. Our lawyers are well-versed in handling contested divorces, and we can help you draft arrangements that will constitute a solid middle ground for both parties.
Can I Represent Myself In a Divorce, Or Do I Need An Attorney?
While it is possible to represent yourself in a divorce, it's generally not recommended. Even in cases where both parties agree on all of the major issues, it's still a good idea to at least consult with an experienced divorce attorney to ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
Divorce cases can be complex and emotionally charged, and there are many potential pitfalls that could have long-term consequences for you and your family. A knowledgeable divorce lawyer can help guide you through the legal process and help you negotiate a fair settlement with your spouse.
Some of the specific ways that an attorney can assist you in a divorce include:
- Providing legal advice and guidance on your rights and obligations under the law
- Helping you understand the divorce process and what to expect at each stage
- Assisting with the preparation and filing of legal documents
- Negotiating a settlement agreement with your spouse or their attorney
- Representing you in court hearings and advocating on your behalf
- Helping to ensure that any court orders are properly enforced.
In short, while it is possible to represent yourself in a divorce, it's generally a good idea to at least consult with an experienced family law attorney before making a final decision.
Why Choose The Virga Law Firm, P.A.?
Divorce can be deeply overwhelming experience, and may involve some incredibly tough choices. From dividing up assets to re-shaping the structure of your family, your future will be determined by what happens in the confines of divorce court. That’s why it’s always recommended to seek out a compassionate and capable divorce lawyer, rather than attempting to represent yourself in these complex matters.
Here are some of the reasons you should consider hiring our firm:
- Large Florida law firm offering a “small firm” touch
- More than 100+ years of combined experience
- Same-day appointments and 24/7 availability
- Responsive, caring legal service personalized to your needs
- Listed as one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Firms
If you need to speak with one of our family law attorneys, don’t hesitate to call (800) 822-5170 today!
Gerard Virga Founding Attorney
David Lohr Executive Director/Attorney
Chad Self Fort Walton Beach Managing Attorney
Tracie Phillips Orlando Managing Attorney
William West Ritchie Panama City Managing Attorney
Taylor Tippel Panama City Beach Managing Attorney
Andrea Ansley Attorney
Christopher Melendez Attorney
April Hand Operations Manager and Florida Registered Paralegal
Danny Durnbaugh Chief Financial Officer
“I will definitely be recommending to anyone I know that needs a child custody or divorce attorney!” - A Divorce Client
“If you are looking for an attorney who is professional, honest, knowledgeable and responsive to your needs, Gerard Virga meets such requirements.” - A Divorce Client
“He responded to my messages promptly and I never felt rushed when speaking with him in meetings and phone conversations.” - A Divorce Client
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