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Divorce: The facts of life.

A marriage has a life of its own; sometimes it is a long life, sometimes it’s short. Sometimes it grows in a healthy way; sometimes, it does not.  Sometimes it slowly fades away and sometimes, it stops abruptly.  When one comes to a fork in the road, wise counsel may help smooth out the experience. In Florida, divorce is not connected to the fault of one party or another.  Anyone who wants a divorce will be able to obtain one.  When a divorce is imminent, the primary concerns of the family law court are the various child related issues; educational and health care concerns, access and contact issues, and support concerns.  Where there are significant disparities between the economic prospects of the divorcing couple, the court is willing to consider awarding support also called “alimony” to the party in need.  Such an award may carry with it tax implications.  The paying party may be entitled to a tax deduction and the receiving party may have to pay taxes on an award. However, all eyes are upon Congress to determine if these tax treatments will be changed or not. The court is also concerned with equitable treatment of each spouse in handling issues such as the marital home (and its mortgage), retirements, financial accounts, investments, businesses, and the many other kinds of property acquired during the marriage.  The court must also consider allotment of the marital debts.

Divorce: Contested or Uncontested?

A divorce can be uncontested (sometimes called “non-contested”) or it can be a contested divorce. Uncontested divorces typically arise when the divorcing spouses cooperate to settle all differences between them and jointly request the court enter the final judgment of dissolution of marriage incorporating their agreements.  These legal matters are usually concluded quickly and at a modest expense.  Contested divorces are generally characterized as legal proceedings wherein the divorcing couple will require the decision making process of the circuit court judge to resolve their differences. There are many reasons for involving the circuit judge in the process, but, mediation will likely be required of the parties before the judge will agree to entertain their arguments and make a ruling.

The divorce attorneys at The Reed Law Firm have had the pleasure of helping thousands of clients with divorce and post-divorce matters from all over Clermont, Orlando, and Central Florida. Our divorce attorneys bring considerable experience to advocate for you, to give you a sense of confidence, to make sure your voice will be heard, and your unique concerns will be addressed.  

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