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Collaborative Divorce: Is it the Way of the Future?

Divorce can undoubtedly bring out the worst in people. Today, one modern development in family law is the collaborative divorce process. Collaborative divorce is known as the kinder, gentler way to divorce. It is a process that encourages communication around difficult issues, allows each side to hear the others' perspective in a safe environment, and uses mental health and financial professionals, as well as attorneys, to guide the parties towards a settlement that addresses their concerns. The collaborative process recognizes that divorce is not just a legal matter, but also a financial and emotional matter. Rather than spending attorneys’ time and...

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Top 10 Common Divorce Related Questions

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1. How is a divorce case started? One party must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage to start the divorce proceedings. Once the Petition is filed, the other spouse is served with a copy of the divorce petition by a process server. The spouse that was served then has 20 days to file an answer to the divorce petition. Once an answer is filed the parties have 45 days to exchange mandatory disclosure, which includes financial information such as bank statements and tax returns. Once mandatory disclosure is exchanged, the parties typically attend mediation. 2. Do I gain an advantage if...

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Top 5 Common Mistakes Doctors Make During a Divorce

At the DeWitt Law Firm, we understand that starting over is expensive. Not many life events impact your finances and family like a divorce. However, having an experienced divorce attorney can help to protect your interests and your assets. When representing doctors, physicians, and medical professionals, there are certain considerations to evaluate. Below is a list of the top 5 mistakes we see doctors, physicians, and medical professionals routinely make during a divorce. In order to avoid these mistakes and other pitfalls, be sure to consult with a divorce professional who has the experience necessary to properly represent your interests. 1....

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Orlando Divorce Attorney Discusses Five Things to Do Before Filing for Divorce

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Divorce is a difficult and emotional decision. If you’re contemplating a divorce, there are a few things that you should consider doing prior to filing for divorce to make sure that you are protected while going through the process. Below are five steps that you should consider before filing for a divorce. While these steps do not apply to all individuals, it is a good idea to consider them and review your own situation to help protect your rights. 1. Be Sure you Want a Divorce Experienced divorce attorneys want to ensure that their clients are committed to the divorce process before...

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How do I make sure my prenuptial agreement will stand up in Court?

When looking to hire an Orlando family law attorney to draft your prenuptial agreement, it is important that your lawyer is familiar with legal arguments often used to challenge the validity of a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements are often challenged as part of a subsequent divorce. However, by including specific provisions in the agreement, you can help ensure that the prenuptial agreement will be upheld in court. Here are some of the most common issues that should be addressed when entering into a prenuptial agreement. 1. Give a full and complete disclosure of the assets. A prenuptial agreement is only valid if...

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