Any legal issue can be stressful, but divorce can be especially challenging. Divorce can be an emotional and painful experience even with the best circumstances. The decisions you make may change the life of you and your loved ones – forever. This can be particularly true when children are involved.
A divorce can be “uncontested” or “contested.” For an uncontested divorce, both parties have a mutual agreement on the details of splitting their items between them. These items include their assets, debts, real property, time-sharing with the children, child support, etc. A contested divorce involves parties that cannot agree and essentially ask the Court to decide how to address specific items. Some of these items include dividing their assets/liabilities and determining issues related to any children involved.
Initially, a contested divorce is an “adversarial” type of proceeding in which the parties are legally terminating their marriage. When the Court becomes involved with the marital termination, the party’s assets/debts are reviewed by the Court and parties. Assets include separate, gifted, inherited, pre-marital, and marital assets as well as debts. The Court will divide and assign marital assets and debts to the parties. Marital termination also involves issues relating to any of the parties’ minor children. Such issues involving the children include the future residence(s), the parents’ involvement in decision-making, support, medical insurance, and the use of dependency exemptions. Marital termination may also involve issues concerning the support of the former Husband or Wife.
The parties may “settle” the pending issues after filing for a divorce. Settling enables both parties to avoid the time/expense invested in having the Court handle those issues. If they decide to settle, the parties and attorneys will draw up and sign an agreement. A final hearing before the Court will approve the agreement and divorce the parties.
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Are you contemplating a divorce or in need of legal counsel for another family law issue? Are you located in Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach, or anywhere else in Brevard County, FL? I stand ready to assist you. Call my office at (321) 728-2311 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation. I look forward to meeting you.