Experienced South Florida Attorney Dealing with Complex Divorce Proceedings
Hollywood, Florida law firm guiding you through your dissolution of marriage
Once you have made the difficult decision to dissolve your marriage, your next step is to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can provide you with the legal advocacy and emotional support you need. Divorce often poses unique issues and challenges for all parties, especially if there are minor children involved. At Law Office of Pamela M. Gordon P.A., we understand the stress of divorce. We are there for you through every step of the process, keeping you informed and fighting for your best interests. We are committed to helping you through this difficult time.
Grounds for divorce in Florida
In Florida, divorce is legally known as “dissolution of marriage.” It is also a “no fault” divorce state. This means that you do not have to establish fault in order to dissolve your marriage. The spouse seeking a divorce simply needs to state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
Residency requirement for obtaining a divorce in Florida
Before you can file for the dissolution of your marriage in Florida, you must make sure that you meet the residency requirements. One of the parties in the marriage must have resided in the state for six months or more prior to filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
Full-service family law firm handling all divorce-related issues
Every divorce is different and requires a personalized legal strategy. We always consider your goals while we work with you to resolve conflicts related to:
- Property division. Florida is an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital property must be divided fairly between spouses. While equitable mostly means equal, that is not always the case. A judge will consider the length of the marriage, each spouse’s economic circumstances, each spouse’s contributions to the marriage, and other factors when determining property division. We can help uncover the truth when your spouse has hidden assets or manipulated the records to conceal a fraudulent activity.
- Alimony. The amount of alimony that is awarded depends on many factors, including the standard of living established while married, the length of the marriage, the age and health of each party, the contribution of each party to the marriage, and more. The court may award permanent alimony, which lasts until the death of either party or the remarriage of the recipient. Temporary alimony lasts for the duration of the divorce proceedings.
- Child support. The Florida Child Support Guidelines help judges determine the appropriate amount of child support, which is usually based on the number of children and the parents’ combined net income. If paternity is called into question, a paternity action must be filed to get a DNA test to determine the identity of the father.
- Child custody. In Florida, child custody is called “time-sharing.” The court determines a time-sharing schedule that is in the best interests of the children, looking at the child’s health and safety, emotional and developmental needs, the parents’ moral fitness and more.
When it comes to the ancillary issues involved in your dissolution of marriage, you need to be represented by a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney. We have an extensive understanding of child time-sharing and support issues and can assist you in establishing a legal right to maintain a harmonious and good relationship with your minor child or children.
Contact our established Florida family law firm today.
It is important to find the right attorney to manage your divorce. At the Law Office of Pamela M. Gordon, P.A., we care about your future. Call us at 954.987.0824 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. From our Hollywood office, we represent clients in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County.