Family Law

DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW

Many of our clients are going through the difficult process of a dissolution of marriage (divorce). This is an extremely stressful process for many people, as the process of divorce is an emotional, psychological, and legal process. It is sometimes overwhelming for the parties and their children.

Our goal is to make the divorce process less stressful for you by providing you with the knowledge, advice, and resources you will need to get through all stages of the process with as little conflict and disruption in your life as possible.

We have found that you will more satisfied with the results of your divorce when you have had the opportunity to make your own decisions and compromises, rather than having the Court make those decisions for you. With that in mind, we make every effort to utilize alternative dispute resolution so that at the end of your divorce proceeding, your family will function with minimal conflict and animosity.

When cases are not able to be resolved through a negotiation, we are aggressive and effective advocates for our clients in Court, and work diligently to ensure that all of the important facts of your case are presented to the Judge.

When you retain us to handle your divorce, you will have peace of mind and confidence that your interests and legal rights are being protected by an experienced attorney.

The attorneys at Leifert & Leifert handle all aspects of divorce and family law including:

  1. Alimony Negotiation
  2. Child Custody Procedures
  3. Child Support Services
  4. Child Visitation Procedures
  5. Child Support Enforcement
  6. Child Support Modifications
  7. Collaborative Divorce Proceedings
  8. Custody Modifications
  9. Divorce Mediation
  10. Equitable Distribution Litigation
  11. Joint Custody Negotiation
  12. Marital Settlement Agreement Negotiation
  13. No-Fault Divorce Representation
  14. Property Settlement Negotiation
  15. Pre-Nuptial Agreement Litigation
  16. Post-Nuptial Agreement Litigation
  17. Primary Custody Representation
  18. Sole Custody Representation
  19. Support Unconnected with Divorce
  20. Step-Parent Adoption Litigation
  21. Time-Sharing Negotiating
  22. Uncontested Divorce Representation
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I begin the process of getting a divorce or establishing paternity?

This type of proceeding begins by the filing of a petition. The petition must be served on the opposing party, who then must respond to the Petition by filing an Answer with the Court. Once the Petition, Answer, and the remainder of pleadings have been filed by each party, documents are exchanged to help the parties determine the assets, liabilities, and child-related issues in question. Shortly thereafter, most parties will attend a mediation in an effort to resolve the issues in the case. If you are considering starting this process or were recently served with a Petition, contact one of our attorneys to schedule a consultation to discuss how we can help you proceed.

What is the difference between divorce and legal separation?

In addition to ending your marriage, a divorce (or “dissolution of marriage”) addresses all issues within the marriage, including property, finances, and child-related issues. This is the most common way to deal with marital issues, as Florida does not recognize “legal separation.” However, if you prefer a less permanent route, there are options available to obtain financial support or address concerns related to minor child(ren) without filing for divorce. For example, Florida law allows a married party to pursue an action for support and maintenance without dissolution of marriage. That allows for a time of separation and the chance to consider the circumstance without having to file for divorce. If you would like to discuss these options in more detail, contact one of our attorneys to schedule a consultation in our office.

What is the difference between a contested and uncontested dissolution of marriage (divorce)?

An uncontested dissolution of marriage occurs when the spouses agree on all issues, including timesharing and child support, property distribution, and spousal support. The benefit of an uncontested proceeding is that it minimizes conflict and allows the parties to maintain control over the outcome. However, if the spouses cannot agree on any of these issues, the matter becomes contested and requires the Court to make the decisions for the parties. The Attorneys at Leifert & Leifert have over 50 years of combined experience litigating cases and assisting clients obtain the best possible results.

How long do I need to live in Florida before I can file for divorce here?

A person seeking a divorce in Florida must reside in the state for at least 6 months prior to filing the divorce. This means you must have lived in Florida with the intent to remain here for at least the 6 months leading up to the beginning of your divorce case. If you are unsure about which state has jurisdiction over your divorce case, contact one of our attorneys to discuss this with us.

Our divorce lawyers are committed to protecting your rights by providing ethical and cost-effective representation. Our priority is to obtain the best possible results for the clients we represent. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!

Florida Divorce Lawyer Resources

Florida Divorce Statute: (chapter 61)

Florida Divorce Rules

Florida Rules of Family Law

Florida Rules of Civil Procedure

Florida Rules of Judicial Administration

Palm Beach County Clerk of Court, Family Division

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