Divorce

Florida is a no fault state, which means you do not need a reason or consent from your spouse to get divorced.  As long as you or your spouse has been a resident of the State of Florida for at least six (6) months prior to filing for divorce and your marriage is irretrievably broken, you can get a divorce in Florida.  Your divorce may be either uncontested or contested.  Uncontested means you and your spouse agree on all the terms of your divorce.  Contested means you and your spouse are in disagreement on the terms of your divorce and litigation may become necessary for the court to determine those issues.

Many divorce cases involve issues of time sharing and co-parenting of the children, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, and attorneys' fees.  Our goal is to resolve your case without causing you to lose all of your money and assets, while retaining your dignity and sanity.

Florida law requires that the division of assets and liabilities in a divorce case is equitable (fair) in value.  Accumulated real, tangible and intangible property (such as a house, retirement accounts, art collection, stocks) and debts (such as a mortgage, taxes, credit cards) must be divided between the parties so that each person receives an equitable (fair) value of the marital estate.

The first step in equitable distribution is to identify the value of each asset and each debt.  We may be required to use a forensic accountant or property appraiser to provide actual values of the assets and liabilities.  Once we know the actual value of the assets and liabilities that you and your spouse accumulated during the marriage, then we discuss your "wish list" of preferred assets and liabilities to receive in your divorce. Our goal is to allow you to keep those assets and not have to liquidate them to pay attorney's fees and costs of litigation.

The attorneys of Christy L. Hertz, P.A., have represented numerous clients in South Florida in their divorce proceedings.  As client of ours, we will consult with you about each proceeding in your case.  We will provide you with each and every document and letter that is created in your case so you will always know the status of your divorce proceeding. 

You have options when it comes to managing and resolving your divorce, including mediation and litigation.  We want you to be able to get through your divorce in a way that allows you and your children to recover and start a new life as soon as possible.  Please contact us either online or by telephone at 305.444.3324 to schedule a consultation.

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