It shouldn’t take too long.

Quick and painless — something divorce is not. Some new divorcees believe that the process won’t take a long time. The trouble is that this is not a realistic expectation. Divorce takes a long time and it is entirely dependent on people and documents outside of your control. From filing to notification and getting served, the process could take a while. You can guarantee that it is going to get difficult, tedious and sometimes stressful. You don’t want to underestimate the time and effort, you will need to expend. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither is a bonafide and legal divorce.

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If I can get married anywhere, can’t I also get divorce anywhere too?

Unfortunately, this is not the case. To start your divorce process, you should make sure that you are filing in the county where you reside and you must be a resident for at least 6 months. In Miami and throughout Florida cause-based divorces don’t exist like they do in other states. In order to get divorced, you would need to prove the destruction of your marriage or that your ex-partner is mentally incapacitated and has been for at least 3 years. How can you prove these things actually happen? Hire a divorce attorney. Simple as that. Hiring a reputable and qualified attorney will be an indispensable to your journey.

Divorce is Divorce.

Property, children or lack thereof, even the need for alimony; all these features could change the type of divorce you are agreeing to. A “simplified dissolution of marriage” is not the same as a “dissolution of marriage”, the court knows the difference and will recognize it as such. Make sure you and the other party have agreed upon the terms of divorce. Otherwise, you could be giving up a few important rights legally indebted to you. Requesting help from a divorce attorney would be the best way to alleviate these issues. Knowing what you expect from them could also help in narrowing down the selection. Knowing what kind of divorce and the specifications of that settlement is just as important as the process of getting divorced.

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All Divorce Lawyers are the same.

All divorce lawyers are not the same. Some are better than others, some have more experience than others and more importantly, some cost more than others. Just because you are getting divorced, don’t think that you have a smorgasbord of viable candidates who are bursting at the seams to take on you case. Choose an attorney that you can afford to pay and one that suits your needs, preferably a divorce attorney with over 25 years of experience in the Miami area. You’ll be spending a lot of time and money with this person. You should make sure that you get along and trust them. Just because they worked well for someone you know, doesn’t mean they’ll work well for you.

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All’s Fair in Love and War

Absolutely not. Especially in divorce. The other party could be out to get you. But it doesn’t have to be an all out war. If you’d prefer a relax, civil and respectful experience you should look into an attorney reputable in that kind of approach. Miami boasts a large number of lawyers, specifically those practicing divorce law. Love is a battlefield, but you can choose how the battle intends to be fought. Find an attorney that has an approach that not only suits you. The more relaxed you can feel in the process, the better you’ll feel after it’s done.

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