Divorce Attorneys in Tampa
Offering Sound Legal Guidance & Counsel
In Florida, divorce changes a person’s legal status from married to unmarried and resolves issues like alimony, property division, and child custody. Our team at the Devolder Law Firm works to provide efficient, compassionate divorce representation for clients in Tampa.
For detailed information on how we can help you with your case, call our office at (813) 773-8233 directly.
Grounds for a Florida Divorce
Florida is a no-fault divorce state. There are only two grounds for divorce in Florida: irreconcilable differences and mental incompetence lasting for a period of three years or more. Most couples who successfully divorce in Florida do so based on the grounds of irreconcilable difference. The spouse who files the petition for divorce will allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken, but the spouse who responds can deny this claim. In response, the court may order counseling or allow some time (up to 3 months) for a reconciliation.
Devolder Law Firm works with counselors and related businesses to allow for the possibility of reconciliation, and to minimize any period of tumultuous indecision. We never feel disappointed when a client decides not to move forward with a divorce case — we strive to give our clients the information they need to make the best decision for themselves and their family and then we support them throughout the entire process, no matter what they ultimately decide. If divorce turns out to be the answer, we protect our client and their interests with great care.
The Divorce Process
The standard process to get divorced begins when one spouse files a petition for dissolution of marriage. In this document, the petitioner alleges that the marriage is irretrievably broken and sets out what they want from the court. The other spouse — who is called the respondent — must file an answer within 20 days of being served. This document needs to address all the allegations from the initial petition and, if necessary, raise any additional issues the respondent wants the court to address in a counter-petition.
If either party seeks financial relief, the court requires that each party provide a complete financial affidavit either within 45 days of the service of the petition or several days before any temporary hearing, whichever comes first. If a party fails to provide this affidavit, the court may dismiss the case or refuse to consider that party’s requests.
Additionally, either party must reside in Florida for the 6 months leading up to the filing of the petition.
Note that residence in Florida refers to your primary place of residence (or as the court calls it, your domicile). To reside here, you must be physically present in the state, and you must have the intent to make a home here or to live here permanently or indefinitely. If you leave the state, Florida remains your residence as long as you intended to return here and, despite a temporary absence, you had no present purpose to leave the state permanently (this means that even if you travel up North every year for three months, Florida remains your state of residence — assuming you always return to your home here afterward).
Neither the parties involved, nor the court, can waive any of these divorce requirements.
For Skilled & Compassionate Legal Services, Contact Our Office Today
Whether you are considering filing a petition or you have been served with divorce papers, Devolder Law Firm’s Tampa divorce lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and assist you in choosing the best timeframe and method for moving forward. As a law firm that strives to meet all the legal needs that suburban families face, we’re also able to handle many of the related matters that divorce tends to bring up, including selling your marital home.
Our firm acknowledges clients concerns about paying for an attorney. We keep hourly fees reasonable for the average suburban family.
Our firm is conveniently located in a suburban first-floor office building with easy-access parking, less than 5 minutes from i-75.
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