Dade City Divorce Attorney
Especially if the marriage lasted more than a few years, marriage dissolution is almost always an emotionally-wrenching experience. Various legal issues, such as property and debt division, spousal support, and child custody, make the experience even more intense. In times like these, you need an experienced and aggressive advocate who not only understands what you are going through, but also has the skills to protect your legal and financial rights.
That’s the kind of advocate you will find at HD Law Partners. Over the years, our Dade City divorce attorneys have developed proven methods in Florida divorce cases. We infuse these strategies with old-fashioned hard work. Our simple promise to you is that we will give our best effort every day, in matters big and small. Finally, we keep the lines of communication open, so you are never in the dark.
Components of a Dade City Divorce Case
In the early 1970s, the no-fault divorce revolution turned things upside-down. Florida has joined a few other states in completing the revolution California Governor Ronald Reagan began in 1969. Now, only no-fault divorce is permitted in the Sunshine State.
That change helps deal with some of divorce’s emotional fallout. Instead of airing their “dirty laundry” for everyone to see, divorce litigants may focus on the children and other important issues. Martial misbehavior, like family violence or adultery, may still be relevant in other phases of the case.
No-fault divorce may have eased the emotional burden, but it did very little to change the legal complexion of these cases. Some key components include:
- Debt and Property Division: Florida law dictates that these items be divided equitably. That’s not necessarily the same thing as an “equal” division. Further complicating matters, debt and property often become commingled, especially after lengthy marriages.
- Alimony: Spousal support is a closely related area. Essentially, a proper alimony award should ensure that the divorce is not an unfair financial burden for either party.
- Parenting Plan: Typically, it is in the best interests of the children for them to have consistent and meaningful contact with both parents. At HD Law Partners, we help parents set up a number of innovative plans that maximize this contact and minimize disruption.
- Child Support: Florida is an income shares state. To determine a support obligation, the court considers the income of both parents and then divides the obligation proportionally between them. So, in theory, child support is based on what the family would have earned had there been no divorce.
Typically, any of these items can be modified based on changed circumstances. Because life changes happen so frequently, most people usually need to have their divorce decrees legally modified at least once every three or four years.
Resolving a Dade City Marriage Dissolution Case
A few divorce cases go to trial. Some people need the emotional closure that only a trial brings. Other times, the parties are too far apart to resolve the case amicably. However, trials are also very risky, emotionally-charged, and expensive.
So, most Dade City divorce cases are resolved through informal or formal mediation. The attorneys for each side, in consultation with their clients, often conduct settlement negotiations on and off during the process. Formal mediation, in which a neutral third party tries to guide the parties to a settlement, is at least partially successful about 70 percent of the time.
Reach Out to Aggressive Dade City Divorce Attorneys
When it comes to divorce cases, we have a plan, and we execute that plan. For a free consultation with an experienced Dade City divorce attorney, contact HD Law Partners. After-hours consultations are available.