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Before either spouse initiates an Orlando divorce, they should be certain that they have pursued all means to save the marriage. You may wish to consult with a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person.
In Orlando, the official term for Divorce is "Dissolution of Marriage." The process begins when one spouse files a complaint which is called a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. In Orlando, this would be filed at the courthouse. The Petition sets forth what the filing spouse is seeking from the Court, i.e. child custody, child support, property distribution, alimony and their divorce attorney fees. All that is required is that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and that at least one spouse must have been a Florida resident for six months or more before the case is filed.
Once the other spouse is served with the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, they will have 20 days in which to file an answer. In the Answer, they will have the opportunity to agree or disagree with some or all of the terms set out in the Petition. The answering party will also have an opportunity to raise their own issues.
Often times, the parties will agree on all of the terms raised in the Petition. In this case, the Orlando divorce is considered uncontested. If such a situation should arise, the parties can enter into a written agreement called a Marital Settlement Agreement. In such an uncontested case, a divorce can become final in a matter of a few weeks.
In those situations in which the parties cannot reach an agreement, the divorce is considered contested. In these situtations, the parties will be required to exchange documentation referred to as Mandatory Disclosures. Such disclosures will include tax returns, pay stubs, financial statements, list of assets and liabilities, etc. Our Divorce Lawyers in Orlando will assist you in preparing the necessary documents.
Once the parties have exchanged their mandatory disclosures, they will meet in a process referred to as Orlando Divorce Mediation. The purpose of Orlando Divorce Mediation is to assist you and your spouse in working out an arrangement for reaching an agreement without a protracted process.
Finally, some parties may not be able to reach an agreement at Mediation. In this case, the matter will be set for a trial. The trial will take place before a Judge and each party will have an opportunity to present their case. A Judge will then make a final decision on the contested issues. Naturally, every divorce in Orlando will be a little different. For specific information about our Divorce Lawyers in Orlando, please visit our About Us page and our Orlando Family Law Blog. Detailed information about our legal services can also be found on our Orlando Divorce Resource Page, our Child Dependency Information Page, our Child Support Advice Page as well as our Child Custody & Visitation Help Page. Specific questions are gladly answered if you'd like to Contact Us.
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