Guiding Clients Through The Contested Divorce Process In St. Johns County
Society and entertainment media portray divorce as a challenging time where spouses go toe-to-toe with one another to end their marriage on their terms. For the most part, the picture is accurate. All divorces stem from some form of contention—if they did not, the divorce would not be happening—and that can escalate to heated arguments that can only be resolved in court. When this occurs, it is known as a contested divorce.
If couples cannot agree on one or more of the following issues, the divorce is contested:
Does it seem that your divorce is going to be contested? Call Taylor & Waldrop Attorneys today at (904) 204-6499 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our St. Augustine contested divorce lawyer.
How To Prepare For a Contested Divorce
Unlike an uncontested divorce that begins and ends with no obstacles or a collaborative divorce that actually encourages divorcing spouses to work together to come to an agreement, a contested divorce can get complicated quickly. Communicating with an uncooperative spouse not only adds more steps to the whole procedure, but also slows it down.
If you are expecting a contested divorce, make certain you prepare beforehand with an attorney who can help you with the key stages:
- Creation of divorce petition
- Serving divorce petition or responding
- Divorce discovery process
- Hearings before the actual trial
- Settlements or mediation
- Courtroom procession
- Possible appeal
How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take in Florida?
A contested divorce in Florida could take as little as two to three months or as long as several years, depending based on how complicated the issues at hand are. The process of contested divorce starts with one spouse filing for a dissolution of marriage with the clerk's office in their county of residency. The filing will then be served to the other spouse, and if they reject the filing of divorce, then the court will hold hearings so both parties can present their evidence and arguments related to the particular case. After the hearings are finalized and the judge has examined all evidence presented, they will then issue an order determining the terms of alimony, property division, child custody, and other family law matters applicable to the case.
Contact Our Contested Divorce Lawyer Today
No matter how commonplace contested divorces may become in our society, no two will ever be identical. At Taylor & Waldrop Attorneys, our contested divorce attorneys in St. Augustine understand that a premanufactured, impersonal solution to your contested divorce simply will not do when real attention and care can bring you far greater results.
Contact Taylor & Waldrop Attorneys today to get started with our contested divorce attorney in St. Augustine.
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