You are not required by law to hire a lawyer in order to file for divorce in Fort Myers, Florida. There are, however, particular advantages that you can benefit from if you retain legal representation early in the divorce process—particularly before your divorce papers are filed. Divorce can either be relatively straightforward or extremely complex, depending on the specific issues that the married couple is dealing with.
When children are involved, the process is typically more complicated due to the need to work out arrangements regarding:
These are highly sensitive matters that many spouses disagree upon. Property division and spousal support (or alimony) are also matters that will directly impact each spouse's financial situation. These issues are even more difficult in high net worth divorce cases. Even if you and your spouse initially approached your divorce in an amicable manner, a dispute regarding any one or more of the issues can easily turn things around. These types of matters have the potential to turn a simple divorce into a drawn-out, costly and emotionally-draining legal battle.
Contact our Fort Myers divorce attorneys at Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law.
There are various ways in which a divorce attorney can provide assistance. There are collaborative divorces—through which the divorcing parties and their attorneys agree to resolve their matters without the use of litigation—and then there is divorce that requires litigation (or the filing of a lawsuit). A divorce lawyer can also help individuals who are going through divorce mediation, or a process in which the parties are given a certain amount of time to resolve lingering issues with the help of an objective third party (the mediator).
At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, our Fort Myers divorce attorneys can help you sort through various divorce-related issues in the most efficient way so that you don't have to spend more time working through the process than is necessary. Our goal is to help you protect your rights and the best interests of you and your family through this difficult time.
In 2009, the state of Florida had a marriage rate of 7.5, meaning that there were 7.5 marriages for every 1,000 residents. For the same year, the state had a divorce rate of 4.2. Annulments are included in the divorce rate. (This data was released by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012.) These figures show that more than half of all marriages in the state of Florida ended in divorce or annulment.
Divorce has become a common occurrence of our society today. That, however, does not mean that it is a matter that should be taken lightly. Decisions made during divorce are ones that will likely affect the parties involved and their families for years to come. They can determine what types of responsibilities and decision-making rights each parent will have over their children's lives, they can determine a former spouse's financial stability in the future, and they can determine what will happen to valuable property after the end of a marriage. With such major factors of your future at stake, it is crucial that you obtain the legal assistance you need when you are filing for divorce.
Our legal team at Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law wants to help you ensure that you are not being taken advantage of by the other party and that the best decisions are being made for your future. Because of our many years of experience, you can rest assured that your divorce is being handled correctly when you work with our firm.
To learn more about our services and to get a better idea of what you are dealing with, call our offices or contact us online.