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Contested Divorce Attorneys in Melbourne, FL

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A contested divorce is filed when both spouses are unable to reach an agreement on the aspects of their divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the proceedings can reach litigation, where a judge makes a ruling. This process takes much longer to be finalized because both parties must present their case in the presence of the court. This is also why a contested divorce is more expensive.

The contested divorce process can be very complex – you will want a skilled attorney by your side to facilitate and represent your best interests. At the Figueroa Law Group, P.A., our contested divorce lawyers in Melbourne, FL have the skill and experience needed to see your case through to a successful conclusion.

We encourage you to request a free 30-minute consultation with our firm. Call (321) 248-1011 or contact us online.

The Divorce Process

First, one spouse must prepare, file, and deliver the petition for divorce. The other spouse will respond to the petition for divorce and may file a counter-petition. Each spouse should retain their own attorney, who can get started on the discovery process. This process involves gathering significant financial information from the spouse and third-party sources.

Issues to Resolve in a Contested Divorce

When filing a contested divorce, you can expect a lot of back and forth as you and your spouse dispute the terms of your separation. Though our Melbourne, FL contested divorce attorneys are always respectful of the other party and their legal representative, we are not afraid to vigorously advocate your legal issues. We are determined to present a compelling case that seeks the results you are seeking. However, results cannot be guaranteed.

Some of the issues that usually need to be resolved by the court in contested cases include:

  • Parental responsibility and parenting plans
  • Amount of child support and the duration, if any
  • Amount of alimony to be paid and the duration, if any
  • Equitable division of assets and property
  • Equitable division of debt
  • Determination as to who is responsible for attorney’s fees

The Divorce Process

First, one spouse must prepare, file, and deliver the petition for divorce to the other spouse. The other spouse will respond to the petition for divorce and may file a counter-petition. Each spouse should retain their own attorney, who can get started on the discovery process. This involves gathering significant financial information from the spouse and from third-party sources.

Private vs. Courthouse Mediation

In Florida, certain divorcing couples will have to complete private mediation while others are allowed to use courthouse mediation. If the couple’s combined gross income is less than $100,000 per year, they will qualify for courthouse mediation, the cost of which is usually shared by the parties. If the couple makes over $100,000 per year, they will require private mediation, the costs of which are usually shared by the parties.

The Litigation Process

When navigating a contested divorce, you can expect to go through pre-trial legal motions and hearings, which may possibly lead to a settlement proposal and negotiations between the attorneys involved. Often, it is necessary to have pre-trial hearing before a judge to compel financial disclosure or to enforce a prior court order.

In the event that a settlement cannot be reached, a trial will be requested. At the end of the court trial, the judge will decide on all the issues that need to be resolved. If there is any dispute over the judge’s decisions, a motion for rehearing may be filed and an appeal can be made.

Retain the Figueroa Law Group, P.A.

Our contested divorce lawyers in Melbourne, FL are eager to serve as your trusted guide through the process ahead. We offer reasonable fees and can help you make objective decisions that are in your best long-term interests.

Schedule your 30-minute consultation with one of our attorneys today by calling (321) 248-1011.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Personalized Service

    No two cases are the same; our approach is personalized to tailor-fit your needs and your specific goals.

  • Experience

    Our attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience in the family law field.

  • Results Driven

    Our mission is your success; we work tirelessly to secure positive results. 

  • Collaborative

    Communication is key and we will keep you informed throughout the entire process.

  • Accessible

    We understand what you're going through; our team is extremely responsive and accessible.

  • Preparation

    Extensive preparation is part of a successful outcome; our clients will always be well prepared whether settlement or court proceeding.

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