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Divorce Process

The Divorce Process: What to Expect

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While every circuit of counties in Florida has certain specific requirements for filing for divorce, there are certain procedures you can expect. It is still wise to consult with a Palm Beach divorce attorney if you are served with papers or are considering filing for divorce yourself so as to ensure your rights are ensured.

With more than a decade of legal experience, the Law Offices of Carol D. Ellis, P.A. can advise you regarding any family law matter. We understand the sensitive and often contentious nature of issues like divorce and child custody which is why we provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal advocacy and advice from a third party perspective. Trust our firm to work towards the best outcome for your unique situation.

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First, you will be filing forms in whatever county you live in so long as you have been a resident for at least six months prior. Your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage will need to include all issues you would like addressed including dividing your property, child custody, child support, and alimony.

You will also turn over a financial affidavit to your spouse within 45 days which includes your:

  • Income
  • Tax returns
  • Assets
  • Personal financial statements
  • Bank statements
  • Debts
  • Credit card statements

On the other hand, if you and your spouse have no children under 18, neither of you are asking for alimony, and all property has been divided agreeably, you may be able to file a “simplified dissolution of marriage” which takes less time.

Serving & Filing Your Papers

You will need to serve your spouse a copy of your filed petition for dissolution. If they agree to the terms of the divorce, they can file an “Answer and Waiver of Service.”

Your petition for dissolution will need to be filed with your county clerk after it has been notarized. The clerk will then give you a copy with a date stamp and proof that it has been filed. Make sure you make a copy of the petition for your own record and to provide another copy for your spouse.

This is a much simplified overview, and speaking with our dedicated Palm Beach divorce lawyer is the best way of proceeding correctly to save as much time and money as possible. Look to our firm to protect your rights during a divorce.

To discuss your divorce in detail, call today for a free consultation—(561) 513-5809!

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