Divorce / Dissolution

At Guardline Law, our experienced family law attorneys are committed to guiding clients through the complexities of divorce proceedings in Florida. Whether your case involves uncontested divorce, contested matters, child custody, or alimony, our legal team provides compassionate and strategic representation to help you navigate the challenges of ending a marriage.

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Uncontested Divorces vs. Contested Divorces: Understanding the Difference

Uncontested Divorces: In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on all major issues, including division of assets, child custody, support, and alimony. These cases typically proceed more quickly and with less conflict.

Contested Divorces: Contested divorces occur when spouses cannot reach an agreement on one or more significant issues. This may require litigation, negotiation, or alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation.

Discovery and Mandatory Disclosures in Divorce Cases: Gathering Information

Discovery is the process of obtaining information and evidence relevant to the divorce case. Mandatory disclosures, required by Florida law, ensure that both parties exchange necessary financial information. This includes income, assets, debts, and other relevant financial details.

Equitable Distribution: Fairly Dividing Marital Assets

Florida follows the principle of equitable distribution, meaning that marital assets and debts are divided fairly but not necessarily equally. Our attorneys work to ensure that assets and debts are appropriately distributed, considering factors such as the length of the marriage, contributions of each spouse, and economic circumstances.

Child Custody and Child Support: Protecting Your Children’s Best Interests

Child custody matters are among the most emotionally charged aspects of divorce. Our attorneys help clients navigate custody arrangements, considering factors such as:

  1. Physical Custody: Determining where the child will reside.
  2. Legal Custody: Deciding who will make major decisions for the child.

Child support calculations are based on factors including income, parenting time, and the child’s needs. We advocate for fair and reasonable child support orders.

Alimony in Florida: Types and Definitions

Florida recognizes various types of alimony, each serving different purposes:

  1. Temporary Alimony: Support provided during the divorce process.
  2. Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: Short-term support to assist in the transition to single life.
  3. Rehabilitative Alimony: Support to help the recipient become self-supporting through education or training.
  4. Durational Alimony: A set amount of support for a specific period, usually applicable for shorter marriages.
  5. Permanent Alimony: Long-term support for spouses who lack the ability to meet their needs independently. Florida Law recently eliminated this type of alimony.  

Our attorneys provide comprehensive guidance on alimony issues, advocating for fair and just outcomes.

Common Issues in Divorce Cases: Navigating Challenges

Common issues in divorce cases include:

  1. High-Asset Divorces: Addressing complex financial matters and substantial assets.
  2. Military Divorces: Handling unique challenges related to military service and benefits.
  3. International Divorces: Addressing jurisdictional and cross-border issues.

Our attorneys are experienced in handling diverse divorce cases and finding tailored solutions to unique challenges.

If you are considering or going through a divorce in Florida, contact Guardline Law for a consultation. Our skilled family law attorneys are here to provide the legal support you need during this challenging time, offering personalized guidance and strategic representation.

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