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Divorce Timeline

Divorce Timeline

Palm Beach Divorce Attorney

Like every state, Florida has certain regulations governing the divorce process and including deadlines which must be met. Paying close attention to when specific papers must be filed and fees paid is crucial to having your divorce processed in a timely and effective manner. Speaking with a reliable Palm Beach divorce lawyer can help you make sense of the entire process and ensure your divorce is filed correctly.

At the Law Offices of Carol D. Ellis, P.A. you have access to a professional legal team with more than 10 years of experience and numerous successes in handling complex divorce cases. We have a deep understanding of Florida’s divorce and family law statutes, making us a powerful advocate for those struggling with family law matters.

Take Action & Understand the Process

The following is a basic outline of the flow of the divorce process. Your divorce is unique and speaking with our firm is the best means of knowing what needs to be done and when.

The divorce process includes:

  • Filing the petition—you (or your spouse) will need to first file your petition for dissolution of marriage with the county family law court
  • Petition response—after filing, the other spouse has 20 days to prepare and file a response which either accepts the terms in the petition or challenges them with counter-claims
  • Temporary hearings—after the 20 days, either spouse can file a motion for temporary relief to obtain an order or injunction regarding the dissipation of finances, possession of the home, alimony, custody, etc.
  • Exchanging financial information—next comes a mandatory disclosure of your finances where spouses exchange bank records, tax returns, and 401(k)s
  • Alternative dispute resolution—you and your spouse may be required to attend mediation to reach an agreement on contested issues with the help of a neutral third party who facilitates discussion
  • Litigation—if mediation fails, you will need to go before a judge where you and your spouse will present evidence to try and convince the judge to rule in their favor

Consulting with our dedicated Palm Beach divorce attorney beforehand is the best way of understanding all your options and obligations if you are involved in a divorce.

Reach out to the Law Offices of Carol D. Ellis, P.A. and set up your free consultation—(561) 513-5809!

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