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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 »

The discovery process in divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

After the initial divorce petitions are filed, the parties then start a process called “discovery.” During discovery, each spouse must disclose certain evidence, called mandatory disclosure. This includes things such as a financial affidavit, income tax returns, pay stubs, loan applications and deeds, bank statements and more. In addition, one can request other items… 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 »

Grounds for divorce in Florida

By Paul E. Riffel |

Florida only recognizes two reasons for divorce. The most common reason is that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” The only other reason is that the spouse has been legally incapacitated for at least three years. This legal incapacity must be court-ordered from the Guardianship Court. The concept behind these two grounds for divorce is… Read More »

Collaborative divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

A new type of process in divorce is called “collaborative law.” In such a case, the parties enter into a Collaborative Law Agreement prior to any filing of divorce. The agreement indicates that the parties will cooperate in providing discovery without the need for any court orders and that they will be forthcoming on… Read More »

Why is mediation important in a divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Mediation is required in divorce, but why is it important? Mediation is highly successful and should be used in good faith. No one is in a better position to settle his or her case than the parties themselves. Therefore, mediation is a very important aspect of the case. Even if a total agreement cannot… Read More »

Florida’s “parents and divorce” course

By Paul E. Riffel |

During a divorce, all parties with minor children are required to attend a “parents and divorce” course approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families before entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. I recommend that you take this course as quickly as possible because it will help you navigate through… Read More »

Temporary relief: Getting action quick during a divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

Sometimes one of the parties needs the court to order something before the final judgment. This is called “temporary relief,” and it can include alimony, child support, attorney’s fees, suit money and costs, determination of parental responsibility, orders regarding use and possession of marital assets (including the marital home), and payment of marital liabilities…. Read More »

Grounds for divorce in Florida

By Paul E. Riffel |

Florida only recognizes two reasons for divorce. The most common reason is that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” The only other reason is that the spouse has been legally incapacitated for at least three years. This legal incapacity must be court-ordered from the Guardianship Court. The concept behind these two grounds for divorce is… Read More »

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