Fort Lauderdale

Divorce and Bankruptcy Attorney

Phone

(954) 332-3558

1.Initial Consultation –

We confer with potential clients either over the phone or in person (though in person is preferable). At this meeting you will explain to the attorney what your case is about and what your goals are in the dissolution of your marriage. We provide documents needed for our office to comply with the legal requirements for a Florida Dissolution of Marriage.

2.Drafting of Divorce Pleadings –

a.If you are initiating the divorce, this is when the Petition and its accompanying documents will be drafted,
filed and given to the process serverto be served on your spouse.
b.If you are responding to an already filed Divorce, this is when the Answer to the Petition and Counter-Petition will be filed.
c.If you and your spouse have already come to an agreement, this is when your Settlement Agreement will be drafted and provided to you for your review and approval.

3.Discovery –

a.You and your spouse must exchange financial information (i.e. tax returns, paystubs, retirement account statements, bank statements, credit card statements, loan statements, etc.) and Financial Affidavits
b.If you and your spouse have already reached an agreement and a Settlement Agreement is being drafted this phase can be waived. However, you both will still need to complete Financial Affidavits. If an agreement is finalized the case can move directly to a Final Hearing.

4.Mediation –

After Discovery is completed, Mediation will be scheduled.. Mediation is an attempt to settle with your Spouse. Mediation is informal and NOT in front of the Judge. Though you are encouraged to make a good faith attempt to settle your issues, no one wil force you into signing a settlement agreement.

5.Final Hearing/Trial –

a.If you and your spouse have come to an agreement and have signed a Settlement Agreement, the final step in the divorce process is Final Hearing. You will appear before the Judge, the Judge will ask a few simple questions, and your divorce will be complete.
b.If you and your spouse were unable to come to an agreement, the final step in the divorce is trial. Trial is extremely time consuming and very costly.