Emerald Coast Divorce Lawyers
Get the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about the divorce process? You’re not alone.
Many people who are facing the possibility of going through this process
often find themselves confused and intimidated and don’t know where
to begin. Whenever you feel overwhelmed your first step should be to turn
to an Emerald Coast divorce attorney from Chesser & Barr, P.A., where
our team has the experience and skill you need on your side to help you
obtain a satisfying resolution to your case.
Frequently Asked Divorce Questions
How long will my divorce take?
The answer to this question will depend entirely on the path your divorce
takes and how willing and capable you and your spouse are to work with
each other. An uncontested divorce can take as little as about a month,
but a contested case can take six months or longer depending on how much
you have to take to trial.
Do I have to prove my spouse is at fault?
Florida does take fault into consideration in divorce cases, but neither
spouse is required to prove any sort of fault in order to pursue a divorce.
So long as one spouse states that the marriage is “irretrievably
broken,” the case will be allowed to proceed.
Will I have to pay alimony?
This answer depends entirely on the circumstances of your divorce. Judges
use a long list of factors to determine if alimony is appropriate, and
if so, how much to award. Generally, younger couples without children
and with good employment prospects are less likely to have alimony awarded,
but an older couple where one spouse has been out of the workforce for
many years will be very likely to receive an alimony award.
Who will get custody of our children?
When determining what kind of child custody order to give, the court will
consider the ability of both spouses to raise their children, and make
the decision based on their children’s best interests. If both spouses
are capable of raising their children in a positive, growth-encouraging
environment, then it’s very likely that both spouses will be awarded
What is the first step in the process?
In order to begin filing your divorce, you will be required to file a
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, which outlines claims for things
like child support, custody, alimony, and property division. However,
before this step, you should have an attorney on your side to help you
ensure you navigate the process without any errors or issues that could
potentially jeopardize your case.
Don’t see the answer to your question on this page? Don’t hesitate to
contact Chasser & Barr, P.A. at (850) 610-7471 to get the information you