Pets in Divorce in Florida
Yes, you can get a divorce in Florida without an attorney using a mediator. A mediator is a 3rd party neutral professional who can assist you and your spouse with negotiating an agreement that you and your spouse can both live with to successfully un-couple and move on with separate lives. A mediator, may be an attorney, like the mediators in our office, but they do not function as an attorney in the process. It is not the mediator's role to provide legal advice to you or your spouse or to provide you with feedback about whether or not the agreement you are making is in your best interest. The mediators job is to walk you through the necessary proportions of a divorce and to help both of you negotiate an agreement that they can live with and that makes sense to YOUR individual situation. While we draw on our experiences as an attorney to help provide you with options and ideas, we do not provide legal advice. Our office can then provide you with assistance in filing the documents with the Court and proceeding to obtain a divorce without the assistance of a lawyer.
Many people recently are thinking mediation when they begin to think about getting divorced. I find this exciting; it means more and more people are thinking about moving on from their marriage without the destruction and drama of litigation. However, mediation is for a specific purpose and does not meet every divorcing couple's needs. If you're thinking about amicably ending your marriage the first thing to ask yourself is: Do my partner and I both agree to end our marriage amicably? If the answer is yes, then you have a new set of questions to ask:
There are many ways to get divorced in Florida. To get divorced you need a marital settlement agreement (MSA) and a parenting plan or you need a final judgment (an Order from a judge which rules on all of the various aspects of a divorce). An MSA and parenting plan (if there are minor children) are the two documents that will need to be drafted and signed by the parties if they want agree to the terms of their divorce rather than making a Judge decide.
This list is continued from the last post, Florida Divorce Top 10 Vocabulary Words Part 1
In the midst of a divorce there are many words you have not heard before, have heard and not given much thought to or believe you know their definition but in reality do not. Here is a list of our top 10 vocabulary words for Florida Divorces.
Are you trying to file for divorce in Florida, but do not know where your spouse is? This presents a problem if you and your spouse own property together, or if there are monetary rights to be distributed between spouses. Florida law requires the spouse filing for divorce to have the other spouse served with the initial divorce pleadings; in order to have the other spouse served, you must know his or her whereabouts, or be able to show a Judge that you have made a reasonable effort to locate him.
With an increasing number of states allowing same sex marriage and the Supreme Court's recent address of the Defense of Marriage Act and inevitable consequence is that my office and many other law firms are seeing more and more same sex divorce questions and problems.
Valentine's Day is a time for couples to show their affection for one other. It is a day that should be filled with romantic gestures and gifts, but for many, it is instead filled with unreasonable expectations, mounting pressure, and utter disappointment. This Hallmark holiday creates the perfect opportunity for couples to evaluate their relationships- am I happy?, do I see myself with this person in the future?, should I stay in this relationship With its close proximity to New Years, it often prompts change for couples whose relationships are on the rocks, for better or for worse. For some such couples, exchanging a thoughtful token of love, or sharing a memory of happier times shared together, is just what is needed to rekindle their lost love and encourage them to make a fresh start. More frequently, however, Valentine's Day stirs up a cocktail of hopeless thoughts and bitter emotions, which proves lethal to the marriage treading in troubled waters. In fact, studies indicate that Valentine's Day marks the start of the Divorce Season each year, which has come to be termed the "Valentine's Effect". One such study by Avvo, Inc., the largest online legal forum and lawyer directory, reports that in the weeks leading up to, and following February 14, there is a 40% spike in the number of people seeking legal information, advice, and representation regarding divorce, as compared to the 6 months prior.