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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

How do I know what to do to 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.

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