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What happens in mediation?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Mediation is required in divorces, before the parties can see a judge. So what happens in mediation? The petitioner will generally state the issues at the mediation, and then the other party lays out his or her issues. The mediator will then take each issue separately and deal with it between the parties to… Read More »

What is an uncontested divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

There are several ways of going about a divorce: One is an uncontested divorce. But what exactly does that mean? A divorce may be uncontested from the very beginning, or it may turn into an uncontested divorce later. But in order to have an uncontested divorce, the parties must agree on all issues involving… Read More »

An important document in divorce: the Financial Affidavit

By Paul E. Riffel |

During a divorce, each party must provide a Financial Affidavit. There are two different forms of this affidavit. One is for people with income less than $50,000 and one is for people in excess of $50,000 per year. A Financial Affidavit provides the court with information about each party’s financial status, including income and… Read More »

Restoring your maiden name

By Paul E. Riffel |

If you are a female navigating divorce, be sure to speak with your counsel if you want to have your former last name restored. If you want to go back to your maiden name, this request must be in the Petition or Counter Petition or the court will not have power to grant it… Read More »

‘Should I file for divorce first?’

By Paul E. Riffel |

“Should I file for divorce first?” is a question many people ask. Many want to know if they should be the one to file divorce. In other words, is there an advantage to being the petitioner or the respondent? Generally, there is no strategic benefit in filing the petition first, other than the ability… Read More »

Fault in Florida divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

In Florida, courts generally do not consider fault in divorce. It’s been a no-fault sate for the past 40 years, so allegations of adultery and abuse are unnecessary. However, there is an exception for fault: if the fault has financial impact upon the parties. In other words, if a party has improperly disposed of… Read More »

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