Expert Divorce Advice

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does divorce take in Florida?

Florida has many waiting periods no divorcing couple can avoid, but the length of a divorce will vary depending on what kind it is. Couples qualifying for a simplified divorce must wait at least 20 days after signing a petition for a hearing at which point the marriage can be dissolved. In an uncontested divorce, the process can take as little as four to five week. When the couple disagrees on issues like child support or alimony, a contested divorce is held, which can take anywhere from four months to over a year.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

How is child support calculated in Florida?

Child support in Florida is a fluid number based upon state guidelines. The court will ultimately decide child support costs on a case by case basis. Some factors are:

 

  • Net income of the non-custodial parent
  • Net income of the custodial parent
  • Number of children
  • Number of days parents will spend with the children
  • Insurance costs
  • The children’s needs

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

What is a no-fault divorce state?

Florida is a no-fault divorce state. which means that a couple can file for a dissolution of marriage. A spouse may file for a divorce without his or her spouse having committed any fault.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

What does dissolution of marriage mean?

Dissolution of marriage is the legal term for divorce in Florida. Instead of filing for a divorce, a petition for dissolution of marriage is needed.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

Will I lose everything?

Divorce is judged and designed to find the best outcome for the children first and then the future of the family unit. Undoubtedly, divorce can cause huge changes in the rest of your life, but the intention is to do what is fair and just for everyone.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

How much are divorce attorney fees in Florida?

Unless you have an uncontested divorce case, Florida divorce attorneys will charge anywhere between $175 to $400 dollars per hour, depending on the lawyer.  Additionally, most lawyers will charge a flat fee for an initial consultation. The exact price depends on the length and complexity of the divorce. At the Divorce & Mediation Center of Florida we aim to keep your legal costs at a minimum so you can put your savings towards your family and lifestyle. 

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

What if we agree on everything?

If both parties have no disagreement with any aspect of the divorce, they can apply for an uncontested divorce. This option is efficient and cost-effective with little need for a lengthy process. In this situation we aim to finalize the divorce within 30 days or less.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

Can my spouse pay my attorney fees?

Yes, Florida allows for courts to order one spouse to pay for the other spouse’s reasonable attorney fees when filing for a divorce. Both parties may request a split payment. Typically, this is based on the finances of each person.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

Do I have to be prepared for a battle?

Divorce is stressful and filled with emotion. With mediation and options like uncontested divorce, the process does not have to be lengthy and drawn out. At The Florida Divorce Center, we do our best to create a fair and civil environment, while focusing on the best solutions for your children and family unit.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

Where do I even start?

In the state of Florida, every year approximately 50,00 couples divorce. The Florida Divorce Center is prepared to help you overcome feeling overwhelmed and to be unaware of the process. Guidance from an experienced attorney is available as you are deciding on the intricacies of your future. Give us a call if you have any questions and we’d be more than happy to help.

 

-Linda Jaffe, P.A.

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