Miami Legal Separation Lawyer
Legal Separation vs. Annullment
In Florida, legal separation, or divorce, is termed dissolution of marriage. Believe it or not, it can be difficult to secure a certificate of dissolution of marriage as you must provide legal evidence in a circuit court that the marriage is irrevocably broken.
First, either the husband or wife files a petition for dissolution of marriage in whatever county the couple last lived together. The petitioner on his/her part must claim that the marriage is impossible to salvage. This petition is like a list of wishes presented to the court. It also sets the entire process in motion, obligating the spouse to give an answer within 20 days of the petition. If the spouse desires, he or she can submit a counter-petition to address other concerns that the original petition may not have attended to.
What To Expect During a Dissolution
Most people do not know their rights and obligations when entering a dissolution of marriage. This is why it is absolutely imperative to consult with an experienced legal separation attorney before entering into the process of marriage dissolution. It can be a complicated, lengthy, and extremely painful process without proper preparation.
For example, when it comes to financial responsibility for the family’s dependents, a divorce can get very complicated. Florida has a set of laws and regulations governing alimony, which is a monthly taxable stipend from one spouse to the other (sometimes called “spousal support”), while child support is untaxed, and is specifically for the purpose of raising children. Distinctions like this are incredibly important in Florida legal separation petitions, which is why having professional counsel is essential in dissolution cases.
Dedicated Dissolution of Marriage Attorney
Although all cases are different, if you take the steps needed to prepare, you can smooth the process and make the dissolution of marriage as painless as possible. This can mean the difference between emotional salvation and devastation for more fragile members of the family, like children. Legal separation is considered one of the most stressful and debilitating life events that can befall anyone. According to the Holmes and Rahe stress scale, divorce outranks imprisonment, the death of a close family member, and serious personal injury or illness.
Don’t go through a legal separation alone. Contact the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield in Miami, FL. Family law and divorce attorney Theodore Enfield has more than 35 years of experience helping couples come to an agreement in divorce, dissolution of marriage, child custody and support issues. Contact our office today for a consultation.