How to File for Divorce in Florida
Board Certified Divorce Attorney in Clearwater with 20+ Years of Experience
The Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. helps spouses file divorce in Clearwater, Palm Harbor, and surrounding communities in the region. Our attorneys realize that a divorce can be one of the most emotionally trying times in a person's life. We deliver personal attention to each of our clients and do the background work to help ensure a quick and satisfactory settlement. When you retain a lawyer from the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A., you can feel confident that your interests are going to be strongly defended, whether in negotiations with your spouse or in the courtroom.
The Florida Divorce Process: What to Expect
Florida is a no-fault divorce state. This means that a spouse does not have to provide a concrete reason for filing a divorce. Rather, one party can simply testify that the marriage was "irretrievably broken." The main requirement for filing divorce is that the party initiating the divorce be a resident of Florida for at least six months prior to filing the divorce petition.
Divorces in Florida involve several steps, which can be complicated by spouses who are unable to reach an agreement:
- Filling out a petition and submitting it to the county court
- Delivering the petition to the non-filing spouse and waiting for a response (up to 20 days)
- The divorce terms can either be agreed upon or contested
- Spouses may wish to pursue divorce mediation in order to reach an agreement outside of court
- If negotiations and mediation fail to bring an agreement, the divorce will go to court and the terms will be decided by a judge
Contact K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. for a Consultation
If you need a true advocate to defend your interests in negotiations and at trial, contact a Clearwater divorce lawyer at K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. Our attorneys have experience handling complicated issues of deep personal importance, such as child custody, property division, and alimony. Our firm serves clients from our convenient offices located in Florida.
K. Dean Kantaras is board certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar. Call us at (727) 939-6113 to reach a lawyer or fill out our online web form.
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