Types of Divorce

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Types of Divorce

Divorce is a time of emotional turmoil. Finances. The kids. The house. The dog. There are so many issues to work through and decisions to be made. Can you and your spouse agree? There are multiple types of divorce. Where does yours fall?

Simple Dissolution of Marriage or Simple Divorce

Divorces in Florida can either be classified as a simple dissolution of marriage or a regular dissolution of marriage. As the name suggests, a simple divorce is less complicated but has certain requirements. There may not be any minor children in the marriage or any currently on the way. Each spouse must complete a financial affidavit and property settlement agreement. Finally both parties must attend the final hearing as petitioners before going on their merry way, or rather unmarried way.

 

Regular Dissolution of Marriage

In a regular dissolution of marriage, the spouse asking for the divorce is the petitioner and the one served is the respondent. From here your divorce can fall into one of two separate categories.

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Why do I need a lawyer?

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Why do I need a lawyer?

You’re an intelligent human being. Your case should be resolved quickly. You don’t need a lawyer. While you may think you can rock the courtroom on your own, there are many aspects you have probably not considered.

Trying to represent yourself can be tricky and overwhelming. You may have to navigate through an intricate web of city, state, and national laws that are always changing. Attorneys spend years in both law school and practice, familiarizing themselves with this material. They know how to handle legal documents properly, get evidence throw out (if possible), find experts to speak on your behalf, interpret the fine print, and get the best settlement. Don’t forget about all the mumbo jumbo legal terms: deposition, arraignment, stipulation, chattel. The list continues. If you choose to represent yourself in court, you will be held to the same standard as a licensed attorney.

Resolving your case without a lawyer can also be stressful especially if the stakes are high. After all of your research, sometimes you may even damage your case without realizing it or make a mistake that could hurt you later on. Cases involving large lawsuits, serious accidents, a messy divorce, or criminal charges can have harsh repercussions if not handled properly. No lawyer could mean hefty fines, a huge loss in assets, and even jail time.

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What to Expect After you Hire a Lawyer

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What to Expect After you Hire a Lawyer

Maybe you are getting a divorce. Maybe you are accused of a crime. Whatever the circumstances, you hired a lawyer. Below are a few answers to some more common questions when it comes to working with an attorney.

 

How long will my case last and what will it cost me?

Every case is different. It is almost impossible for an attorney to predict the exact cost and duration of a case. Although your lawyer may have a general idea, cases can drag on for many reasons. For example, the opposing side may not be on the same page.

 

Nothing big has happened yet. Where is my money going?

Attorneys are paid for their time, knowledge, expertise, and advice. Whether attorneys are drafting a letter or preparing for trial, what matters is their time. Copious amounts of research go into everything your attorney does. If you have not heard from your lawyer recently, it does not mean work isn’t being completed. Before cases may even get to trial, a lot of time is spent preparing and researching to ensure the best outcome for your case.

 

How and how often should I communicate with my lawyer?

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Gray Divorce

Gray Divorce

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What is a gray divorce?

A gray divorce is when couples over the age of 50 get a divorce. Gray divorces can take place with couples who have be married once for many years or couples who are on their second or third marriage. This trend of divorcing at an older age has seen a great increase in more recent years. A study by Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin found that the divorce rate for couples over 50 actually doubled between 1990 and 2010. This means that 1 in 4 divorces are now gray divorces.

Why the growing trend of gray divorces

There are multiple reasons for this growing trend. Second marriages (or third or fourth marriages…) are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. For those people still on their first marriage, increased longevity of life could mean another 30 years in your unhappy marriage. Often times these couples simply fall out of love and grow apart. There is also no longer a need to “stay together for the kids” as the children are usually now full grown.

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What to do in Court

What Not to Do In Court

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What NOT to do in Court

You roll over in bed only to realize you forgot to set an alarm. Oh well. You should still make it on time. There is no chance to shower so you throw on your sleeveless black dress. It is a little more low-cut than you remembered. You put on your favorite gold hoop earrings and your matching bracelet for luck. Your attorney warned you of the court dress code, but how strict could they be?

The advice from your attorney on how to act floats through your head, but you don’t need to listen. You should just be yourself.

You grab breakfast for at the courthouse and you are on your way. There is more traffic than anticipated and you can’t figure out where to park. If you are a few minutes late what is the big deal?

Finally you make it inside and see a tall man trip and knock over a sign. You laugh at his misfortunate, but when he looks up at you for help, you pass him by. You need to find your attorney.

In the courtroom you notice the same tall man sitting near the judge and he shoots you an unfriendly look. You pop in a piece of gum to calm you nerves. Your lawyer reminds you to turn off your phone, but you will just put it on silent. Your friends and family all pile in and call out your name. You return the greetings.

When matters begin, you can’t help but yawn and slouch down in your chair to get comfortable. The whole process is a little dull. When your ex speaks, you cannot believe your ears! With each growing lie you roll your eyes even more. You can’t take it any longer.

“Bull!” You yell out in the middle of your ex’s speech. A few choice words follow as your anger gets the best of you. The judge does not look happy.

Needless to say, matters did not quite work out in your favor. What went wrong?

What you should do in court

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Coping with Divorce

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Coping with Divorce

A man sits alone at a bar in the afternoon asking the bartender for another drink. A woman in sweats gorges on a carton of ice cream while watching a sad chick flick. It’s pop culture’s depiction of a bad break-up and it happens all the time. Learn to cope with your divorce in a healthier manner so you can move forward.

Turning to alcohol or binge eating may momentarily make you feel better, but it can make matters worse. It is important to take care of yourself especially if you have children. Exercise creates endorphins that boost your mood. Eating healthy can also make your body feel better. Do this instead of finishing that bottle of wine or ordering a pizza for one.

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Lawyer Vs. Attorney

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The Difference Between a Lawyer and an Attorney

Although often used interchangeably, the two terms above are not exactly the same. There is a small difference. All attorneys are lawyers but not all lawyers are attorneys. Let me explain.

What is a lawyer?

A lawyer as defined by The Law Insider is “one who is trained in the law.” Lawyer is the more general term of the two. If someone attends law school and graduates with a juris doctor, he/she can be considered a lawyer. Lawyers’ career options at that point are limited as they are not yet allowed to represent a client in court.

What is an attorney?

An attorney is a person who is qualified to provide legal representation for someone in court. Attorneys made it through law school, studied for hours on end, and went one step further by passing the dreaded bar exam. Now they are licensed to act on your behalf in the court of law.

It is that simple; one test makes all the difference. Our offices are comprised of attorneys who can stand up for you in the courtroom (and yes, that means they are all lawyers as well).