Divorce Process

If you are facing a possible divorce, you likely want to know what to expect. While each divorce case is different, there is a general process that cases will follow. Discuss your specific situation with a Boca Raton divorce lawyer right away.

Filing the Petition

One spouse must file a divorce petition. Florida is a no-fault state, so the filing spouse does not have to state a specific reason other than the marriage is irretrievably broken. The other spouse has a limited time to file a response.

Negotiating Issues

You need to resolve issues such as property division, child-related and parenting matters, and financial support. Your attorney will negotiate with your spouse’s attorney to see if you can reach an agreement on all of these issues. If you cannot agree on one or more things, the case might head to mediation.

In mediation, you and your spouse discuss unresolved issues with a neutral mediator. Always have your lawyer’s guidance during this process. If you can reach agreements, your lawyer can draft a mediation agreement.

Litigation

If mediation and negotiations are both unsuccessful, unresolved issues will need to go before the family court. Your attorney will present your case to the judge, who will decide how to resolve the matters.

Court Orders

Whether your case ends through negotiation or litigation, the court will issue final divorce orders. These will govern how you divide your property, provide or receive support, and share parenting time and responsibilities. This order ends your marriage, and you are free to remarry.

Speak with a Boca Raton Divorce Attorney

The law office of Juliana Gaita, PA represents clients in the divorce process in the Boca area. You want the right legal representation and advice when filing for divorce. Contact us for a consultation and more information today.