Contested Divorce in Florida Overview

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What to Expect in a Contested Divorce in Pasco County, FL and Surrounding Areas

In Florida, there are two types of divorces, contested divorce or uncontested divorce. Contested divorces mean that the parties have not agreed upon matters that must be settled according to the Florida Family Law Divorce Statutes. These matters are as follows:

  • Equitable Distribution
  • Alimony
  • Custody, Time Sharing
  • Child Support

When contested divorces end up in trial, it is important that your divorce lawyer is seasoned as a trial lawyer. It is always beneficial to try to negotiate and mediate to reach a settlement whenever possible and Attorney Doyle-Palumbo strives to do so. However, high net worth divorces or divorces where high conflict is a factor that requires skill, knowledge, and calm professionalism — as well as tenacity. If you are divorcing and you’re anticipating a bumpy road in a contested divorce you’ll need the best divorce lawyer for you, one who will work to achieve your goals.

Have You Received a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage?

Have you been served with a petition for dissolution of marriage? If so, it is important that you speak with a divorce attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the last minute to do so as you only have 20 days to file your answers with the courts. Attorney Doyle-Palumbo can be reached at 727-824-5727 or you can email our family law firm below with your questions or concerns.

Filing for a Contested Divorce

If you would like to file a petition for dissolution of marriage in a contested divorce, please remember that Florida law is specific about the rules of procedure. Divorce is a highly emotional time and hiring an inexperienced family law attorney or going it alone is never a good idea. Schedule a consultation at our Hudson Florida Family Law Firm.

Wendy Doyle-Palumbo represents both men and women in contested divorce cases. Compassionate, yet aggressive, her approach to divorce and family law matters have helped many families move forward to the next chapter in their lives.

Contested Divorce Process in Florida

In a contested divorce in Florida your attorney will be handling a variety of matters for you;

Obtaining information pertaining to your marriage including financials, witness statements, depositions, and interrogatories is called “discovery.” This process can be limited or in high conflict or high net worth divorce cases where property and business financials are applicable or where alimony is a concern, it can be a lengthy process. As noted below if the parties cannot agree, the judge will refer you to mediation. If mediation and negotiations fail, a trial will pursue which means a judge will decide the outcome of your case.

NOTE: In all contested divorce cases in Florida, mediation and parenting classes are required.

Petitioning the Courts for Temporary Relief in Florida Divorces – Either spouse in a contested divorce or when unmarried couples have children in paternity lawsuits may petition the courts to award temporary relief for the following:

  • Temporary Relief for Child Custody & Time Sharing
  • Temporary Relief for Alimony
  • Temporary Relief for Child Support

Wendy Doyle-Palumbo represents divorcing couples in contested divorces in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus County Florida from our offices in Hudson, Florida. If you are divorcing in Pinellas County, you can consult with Attorney Doyle at our Pinellas Park location.

High Conflict, High Assets, Child Custody in Contested Divorces

Contested divorces in Florida, especially when it is high-conflict occasionally cannot be resolved through mediation or negotiations. Contested divorces can end up being a challenging, lengthy and emotional process. My job is to minimize the disputes using my negotiation skills and experience and bring calm to difficult situations. High asset divorces, child custody, and time-sharing disputes must be handled by a seasoned Suncoast divorce attorney. Wendy Doyle-Palumbo is a skilled negotiator and trial lawyer which is important should your contested divorce end up in court.

Post Judgement Matters in Contested Divorces

If your final judgment in a contested divorce ended unfavorably, you may be able to file for a re-hearing. If this is denied either party can file a notice of appeal with the courts. If this appeal is granted or if the judgment in your case is reversed, the parties will go back to trial. Most often the original final orders will stand however, each case is highly unique. A case review will help me to determine what is in your best interest.

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Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq.

Serving Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties, Florida

I’m Wendy – a personal injury lawyer proudly helping victims in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties earn justice for their suffering due to the negligence of another person or entity. I’ve been fighting cases under Florida law since 2004 with a dedication to earning the biggest payouts for clients.

Over the years, I’ve earned a reputation for two things: I don’t take shortcuts and I don’t mince words. I look at each case from every angle imaginable and develop a plan to reach

the best possible outcome. When you work with me, you’re guaranteed a compassionate, aggressive, and relentless fight to win your case.