Clearwater Contested Divorce Attorney
Helping Families in the Clearwater Area
Many divorces end up being contested divorces. Contested only means a couple can’t agree to the terms of the divorce, or they are in a circumstance that doesn’t allow for a simplified divorce process. If you and your spouse are heading toward a contested divorce, you should be fully prepared for the proceedings. Talk to one of our skilled Clearwater divorce attorneys about your case today.
Call us at (727) 245-9009 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today!
Factors in a Contested Divorce
Even couples who agree on most of the divorce proceeding will need to seek a contested divorce. This means they can’t pursue a simplified dissolution of marriage because of their circumstances. For example, couples who have children under the age of 18 aren’t eligible for a simplified divorce. Likewise, if a couple can’t agree on spousal support or property division, this will need to be decided through mediation or by a judge.
How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take in Florida?
The average time of a contested divorce in Florida takes at least 12 months. However, typically a divorce may vary over time, pending all of the factors in your case. Contested or uncontested, divorce can take anywhere between 3 and 24 months.
Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). ADR allows couples to pursue a divorce without the hassle and significant expenses that come with a court proceeding. If you and your spouse drag everything into the courtroom, you would both be wasting a significant amount of time and money by doing so. Mediation is done by an impartial third party who can help you and your spouse come to an agreement on most of the important factors in a divorce, including the following:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Property & debt division
Mediation is also less formal, so it allows you to have more of a conversation with your spouse and his or her legal representative.
Call Us to Discuss Your Case Today!
If you and your spouse need help navigating the contested divorce route, don’t hesitate to call us. Our experienced Clearwater family law attorneys would be happy to take a look at your case and recommend the best course of action. Visit our Divorce FAQ page for more information. However, to best address your questions and concerns, you can speak with us in a case consultation. The lawyers at Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A. understand this may be a hard time for you and your family. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we keep the lines of communication open throughout the entire process, so you are never left out in the dark. Let us see what we can do for you.