At Florida Law Advisers, P.A., we understand that when you said “I do,” you never envisioned having to face the emotional turmoil and uncertainty of a contested divorce. The stress and strain of dealing with disputes over important issues such as asset division, child custody, alimony, and child support can be overwhelming and disheartening.
A compassionate and dedicated Tampa contested divorce lawyer is ready to provide the personalized guidance, emotional support, and skilled legal representation you need and deserve. We want you to know that you’re not alone in this challenging journey.
We believe that empathy and open communication are essential for navigating a contested divorce. We will make sure you understand your rights, options, and the implications of each decision. While we try to resolve disputes through negotiation and settlement whenever possible, we are also prepared to stand up for you and fiercely represent your interests in court if necessary. Our divorce attorneys have a proven track record of success in contested divorce cases, so you can rest easier knowing you have skilled and aggressive representation on your side.
What Is a Contested Divorce?
A divorce may become contested when the spouses cannot agree on one or more crucial issues. These unresolved matters might require court intervention to settle disputes and finalize decisions.
Contested divorces are generally more complex, time-consuming, and costly compared to uncontested divorces, where both parties are able to reach an agreement on all issues without needing the court’s intervention. Some of the most common issues in contested divorces include the following:
Division of Property
Under Florida law, your marital property must be divided equitably. Marital property includes any assets or debts acquired during your marriage. However, exceptions exist, such as inheritances or gifts given to one spouse. Equitable distribution means fair, not equal. As a result, you might not receive a 50/50 split of your marital property.
Spousal support is a payment made to provide financial support to one spouse after the divorce. In Florida, there are several types of alimony, including temporary, rehabilitative, durational, bridge-the-gap, and permanent. To determine whether you will receive or pay spousal support and how much, the court may consider the duration of the marriage, your financial resources, and the standard of living during the marriage.
Florida’s child support law requires the court to look at the income of both parents, the number of children, and the amount of time you each usually spend with the children. These payments are generally made until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever happens later.
There are two types of custody, legal and physical, which can be jointly or solely held. To determine the time-sharing arrangement, the court may look at various factors, such as the child’s age and each parent’s ability to provide for the child. Florida’s child custody laws were established to ensure that both parents have frequent contact with their children unless it is not in the child’s best interest.
To determine the non-custodial parent’s visitation rights, the court will examine the same factors used to determine the custody arrangement. In addition, blood relatives other than the child’s parent can also seek visitation rights under certain circumstances. For example, if a grandparent can show that it’s in the child’s best interest to have visitation with them after their parent’s divorce, the court could award the child’s grandparents’ visitation rights.
Get Legal Help from Our Contested Divorce Lawyers in Tampa
Facing a contested divorce can be a daunting and emotionally charged experience. At Florida Law Advisers, P.A. in Tampa, FL, our seasoned divorce attorneys understand the complexities and challenges of contested divorce cases. We are dedicated to fighting tirelessly for your rights, ensuring your voice is heard, and striving for the best possible outcome. Don’t navigate this difficult time alone—contact us today for a confidential consultation and secure the aggressive representation you need. With Florida Law Advisers, P.A., you have a trusted advocate on your side, committed to safeguarding your interests throughout the contested divorce process.