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Jacksonville Florida Divorce FAQs

Divorce proceedings tend to be complex not just because of the legal issues involved, but also the emotional rollercoaster ride it can prove to be for all involved. At the conclusion of a divorce case, there is a court order dissolving the marriage, dividing the assets and the call for a plan to share custody and expenses for the children. However, the proceedings are not always fair and equitable as they should be.

The skilled and knowledgeable family law attorneys at Farah & Farah understand and respect the complexity of divorce proceedings. Our attorneys can provide you with the comprehensive information so you can make the decision that is right for you and your family. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.

Here are answers to some of the most common divorce-related questions our clients ask us:

– What is the first step towards getting a divorce in Florida?

– Does it matter who files first?

– How long does a divorce take?

– What can I do to simplify the divorce proceedings?

– What if we cannot come to an agreement?

– What if my spouse is harassing me?

– Do I need a lawyer?

– Can I get a divorce if I can’t find my spouse?

Q: What is the first step towards getting a divorce in Florida?

A: If your marriage is irretrievably broken, you can fill out a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document initiates the legal divorce proceedings. It will outline any claims you have regarding time-sharing, child support, alimony and division of property. Once a process server delivers this document to the other party, the court rules and procedures will begin.

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Q: Does it matter who files first?

A: There is no advantage or disadvantage of filing for a divorce first.

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Q: How long does a divorce take?

A: The quickest divorce proceedings are uncontested. This means that both parties agree on absolutely everything from child support, to timesharing, division of property and alimony. Even in an uncontested divorce, it may take over a month to complete the process. When matters are contested, the court may need to step in to make difficult decisions. It often takes more than four months to secure a court date, so the divorce proceedings may not conclude for several months or even a year.

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Q: What can I do to simplify the divorce proceedings?

A: You are bound to have disagreements during the proceedings, but if you can come to agreements without involving the court, it will save you a lot of time and money. The most important issues to resolve without the court includes how your properties will be divided, who will be left with debt, who is responsible for alimony and what the time-sharing schedule will be for the children. If you successfully come to an agreement on these issues, you can have a lawyer draw up a settlement agreement and avoid court time.

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Q: What if we cannot come to an agreement?

A: When you cannot agree on major issues, a judge will have to decide for you. You may need to set up multiple meetings or even set up a court date to have the details worked out.

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Q: What if my spouse is harassing me?

A: All divorce proceedings have the potential to be stressful and upsetting. If an argument escalates and you are in danger, make sure you notify the police. If you continue to feel threatened, you may want to consider getting a restraining order.

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Q: Do I need a lawyer?

A: The outcome of the divorce proceedings will have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. Even if you have years of legal training, it is not advisable to represent yourself because your divorce will be emotional and stressful. When mistakes are made, you may end up losing more than necessary during the divorce. Remember, there is legal aid representation available, and in some cases, it is even possible to have your spouse pay your attorney fees.

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Q: Can I get a divorce if I can’t find my spouse?

A: You are required by law to make a good faith attempt to track down and notify your spouse. You are allowed to file for divorce without notifying your spouse, but you must first make a reasonable effort. You will have to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles that he or she is missing. You will have to publish the matter in an appropriate newspaper as well. Once you have contacted your spouse’s family and have researched his or her whereabouts, then you may file for divorce. You will not, however, be able to determine alimony or division of property until your spouse is found and served.

If a divorce or separation is imminent in your life, it is important that you contact an experienced Jacksonville divorce lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights. Untangling the life of two adults can become messy and complicated. When children are involved, it gets more complex. If you are going through divorce proceedings, please contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Farah & Farah at (904) 263-4610 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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