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Pinellas County Divorce Lawyers
Deciding to end your marriage is often extremely stressful and difficult. But are you prepared for what happens next? Do you know if you qualify for a Florida divorce? Do you have any idea how to go about the business of dissolving your marriage? Are you familiar with the Pinellas County court system? Hiring a divorce attorney experienced with Florida divorce law and the Pinellas County court system can take some of the uncertainty out of the process.
Florida Divorce Requirements
To be eligible for a Florida divorce, the law requires:
- Six months of Florida residency of one spouse; and
- An irretrievably broken marriage.
In most cases a marriage is deemed irretrievably broken because both spouses have agreed to end it. But if one spouse objects, the process may be delayed while you attend court-ordered marriage counseling with a qualified professional, including a licensed therapist, your preacher, minister or rabbi.
Simple Dissolution of Marriage
If you both agree the marriage is broken and divide any mutual assets, you may be eligible for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. However, if there are minor children resulting from the marriage or you cannot amicably divide your joint assets, you may have to litigate your divorce.
Custody of Minor Children
In Florida child custody is determined under “the best interests of the child” standard. If spouses cannot agree, the court will divide custody on their behalf. A Florida divorce lawyer may be able to help you negotiate a custody arrangement known as a parenting plan that works for your family.
Call Pinellas County divorce attorneys Rechel & Associates today at (813) 931-8111 to discuss your options. We will provide seasoned guidance and counseling through all aspects of your divorce.