Divorce Attorneys | Jacksonville FL
Divorce Attorneys Jacksonville FL and Duval County
Jacksonville FL Divorce Attorneys North Florida Law Firm are skilled in working with contested divorce, uncontested divorce and the challenges of Dissolution of Marriage in Florida.
The title of this practice area reflects the end of a marriage. In Florida it is called dissolution of marriage. North Florida Law Firm Jacksonville Divorce lawyers are skilled in working with people who are going through one of the most difficult and stressful periods of their lives, a divorce. Not only sensitive to clients’ needs, our Jacksonville FL Divorce lawyers are effective in achieving results for our clients through a variety of techniques.
A spouse can file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Florida if either party has been a resident for a period of six (6) months prior to filing the petition. In Florida, as in most states, a person wishing to obtain a divorce from his or her spouse does not have to prove that the divorce is due to the misconduct or fault of the other during the marriage. This is commonly known as “no fault,” and the party seeking to dissolve the marriage must merely allege that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” A judge will make a finding that a marriage is “irretrievably broken” if one party testifies that no manner of counseling can repair the marriage. Based upon that evidence alone, a judge will dissolve the marriage. Of course that is the easiest part of the process. The more difficult issues to resolve generally include child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of marital assets and debts.
Is your divorce contested or uncontested?
There are two types of divorces: a contested divorce (aka “the hard way”) and an uncontested divorce (a.k.a. “the easy way”). These are also known as the expensive divorce and the cheaper divorce, respectively. An uncontested divorce can be completed in a few weeks, while a contested divorce will take at least six (6) months. An uncontested divorce means that both parties have completely resolved every single issue of the marriage. A contested divorce is inevitable if the parties cannot negotiate a complete resolution of all issues. While you may think you have an impossible situation, an experienced Jacksonville FL divorce lawyer can often develop creative solutions that are acceptable to both parties..
Our firm typically charges a flat rate of $1,500.00 (this does not include costs like filing fees and service of process fees) for an uncontested divorce. A contested divorce is billed at an hourly rate and can run as low as $2,500.00 or much higher depending upon the amount of time needed to complete the process. For example, a contested divorce with children is typically more expensive than without children. A husband and wife should use the expense of a contested divorce as a motivation to work toward an amicable dissolution.
If the parties agree on every issue, they can typically use just one law firm to prepare the paperwork. Keep in mind that the spouse that retains the law firm is the client. For a nominal fee (about $200.00), the other spouse can hire another law firm to review the uncontested divorce documents.
Schedule a confidential consultation with one of our experienced Jacksonville FL divorce attorneys by calling 904-230-0778 or filling out the form on our Contact page.
North Florida Law Firm
150 Warren Circle Suite C
Jacksonville, FL 32259
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