When you think about divorce, you probably imagine a couple fighting over assets in a courtroom, in front of a judge. However, what if there was another option? Keep reading to learn about some of the most common types of divorces offered in the state of Florida here.
Before discussing the divorce process in Florida, you have to understand no-fault vs. fault-based divorces. There are some states where couples can file for a fault-based divorce, which is when one spouse legally blames the others for the split. Some of the most common causes of this include abuse, impotence, and adultery.
In Florida, though, fault-based divorces aren’t allowed, making it a no-fault divorce sate.
With a no-fault divorce, one spouse files for the divorce based on a marriage that is “irretrievably broken.” With this type of divorce, neither of the people are blamed for the marriage’s breakdown. There are several benefits of this option, which is why all divorces in Florida are no-fault divorces.
Mediation is one method for getting a divorce in Florida. In mediation, the couple decides where and when they will discuss the situation. There aren’t any court dates, just meetings that are agreed on together.
Also, with mediation, there’s no judge until everything is ready to be finalized and signed. This option is popular because it allows the couple to have control over the outcome.
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There are some couples that are unable to come to agreements. In this case, using the traditional divorce process is best. With a conventional divorce, each spouse will have an Divorce attorney and a judge will be present during the case’s duration.
With this option, the judge has the final say about the couple’s divorce, who gets what, child support, child custody, alimony, and more. The changes are unable to be altered unless there is a change of circumstances.
What some people don’t understand is that it’s possible to use mediation and a traditional divorce process together. Using these methods together will help a spouse save both money and time with their divorce.
By using the mixed approach, the couple can begin the process through mediation. This is the most affordable option and it allows couples to iron out the details they can agree on. Also, the mediation time can be spent to figure out the pain points. Knowing what these are can help each person prepare for the traditional divorce process. By doing this, the couple can reduce the total amount of time that the traditional divorce process takes helping them both save money.
After mediation is complete, they can take everything they have agreed on to the judge. The judge will then only focus on the areas where an agreement could not be reached.
If you are going through a divorce, there is no question it can be a challenging and stressful situation. However, you do have options and one of these options is to choose the type of divorce you will have. If you still need help with this legal matter, our attorneys at Lewert Law, LLC can help. Call us today at (561) 544-6861 for help and information.
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