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Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage

If you are considering divorce/dissolution of marriage and want to know your rights or have been served with divorce papers and need to know your options, Carol Joyce Solomon will provide you with efficient and effective legal representation and advice.

At the Law Firm of Carol Joyce Solomon, our goal is to advocate for you and protect your rights, property, and children throughout the divorce process. We are your voice, your protector, and your advocate in the Courtroom. Ms. Solomon will give you a straightforward evaluation of your case and devise a strategy to meet your goals as fully as possible. We review the Court's approach, the law relevant to your case and particular factual situation, and how to position your case for the best possible outcome.

Ms. Solomon's academic and business background allows her to provide guidance in the most difficult of cases. She is knowledgeable in evaluating financial, vocational and psychological professionals as needed for custody, visitation, employment, complex property, and/or spousal support claims.

Ms. Solomon is experienced in retaining the most knowledgeable and effective experts to evaluate small or family-owned businesses as well as large businesses, investments, retirement funds, and pensions.

Contact the law firm of Carol Joyce Solomon, P.A. at 954-255-5333 for a free consultation with an experienced Florida divorce lawyer.

Fair is not always equal in Florida. Each case must be evaluated on its own facts. Did you put separate, non-marital money into a marital asset? Did you inherit property or money? Did you help pay your spouse's separate debts? Did you personally improve property? Did you gift or deed your spouse real estate, or did your spouse do so to you? Did your spouse spend marital money on a lover? All of these issues can have a significant impact on the equitable division of assets in a divorce. Some assets are marital; others are separate property; while still others are a hybrid: part marital and part separate. Did your spouse spend money or incur debts for non-marital purposes? The Court uses more than a mere technical formula to determine and distribute the marital and separate share of assets. Make sure your division of property and debts is fair by utilizing the experienced firm of Carol Joyce Solomon.

Put a skilled, experienced, and aggressive family law attorney with a business background on your side to zealously guard your property and protect your rights.

What grounds for divorce are available in Florida?

Generally, there is only one type of divorce ground in Florida: no-fault, when the marriage is irretrievably broken. Though under some, rare circumstances, annulment and other types of divorce exist such as when a spouse has been adjudicated as incompetent and a certain amount of time has passed since the adjudication, Florida is a no-fault state.

Adultery — Though Florida does not recognize adultery, per se. The Court does consider dissipation of marital assets and income on a lover when calculating the overall equitable distribution scheme. Adultery may also play a role in timesharing, depending on the specific facts of the case as applied to the law.

What is a contested divorce?

In general, a "contested" divorce is any divorce in which there is a disagreement over a significant issue, or significant issues, such as alimony or timesharing. The parties may be filing for a "no-fault" divorce and still be in disagreement about the division of property, custody of the children, spousal support, child support, visitation or a multitude of other issues. If there is any disagreement about these types of matters, the divorce is contested. Often, these issues can be worked out between attorneys, with a marital settlement agreement or in mediation. However, if they are not resolved, the parties generally have a contested divorce that may end in a trial. When a trial is necessary, a divorce will take longer and cost more than an uncontested divorce.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

Generally, an uncontested divorce takes only a few weeks when both parties timely enter into a marital settlement agreement and parenting plan (when children are involved) and complete and execute the necessary Petition, Answer and Waiver, and all other documents, such as financial affidavits, that must be completed and filed prior to the final hearing. The person filing for the divorce (the Petitioner) is often the only party who must be present at the final hearing unless the other spouse is the wife, and she is returning to her maiden or prior married last name, in which case she must be present at the final hearing to give testimony as to the name change.

What is an "Answer" in an Uncontested Divorce case?

An answer is a document that states that the Respondent spouse (the one NOT filing the divorce) agrees with all the statements in the Petition.

What is a "Waiver" in an Uncontested Divorce case?

A waiver is a document that essentially waives the 20 day waiting period provided by Florida law for a spouse to, answer and/or file a Counter Petition to, the dissolution of marriage Petition. In Uncontested Divorce matters, the person signing the waiver agrees to waive the time constraints and service of process so the divorce case can proceed quickly to final hearing.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information on this website is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing of this information does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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Coral Springs, Florida 33071

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