When You Are Served with a Divorce Petition
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Being served with Divorce Papers (known officially as a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage) is one of the singular most unsettling events in a person’s life. Since Florida has abolished fault as a ground, the Petition the Court sees does not usually contain any reference to the reason for the divorce. Florida Law only requires that the person filing the Petition state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” Many of our clients disagree with their spouse filing a Petition for Dissolution and want to try to stop the divorce. Some clients want to try to have their spouse agree to go to counseling instead of proceeding with the divorce.
It is important to note that, once the Petition is served, there is a deadline to respond. Failure to provide an appropriate response can mean loss of money, property, and rights to time with children. Often our clients find that they are so offended and troubled about the situation they are facing, they find it hard to know what they should do next. Catherine has the compassion and experience to guide clients through the initial shock of being served with a Divorce Petition, and to provide them with the information, resources, and options to help them make decisions for their family’s personal and economic future.
CHOOSE AN EXPERIENCED AND COMPASSIONATE BOCA RATON & FORT LAUDERDALE DIVORCE ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT YOU WHEN YOU ARE SERVED WITH A DIVORCE PETITION.
Contact Boca Raton, Delray Beach, & Fort Lauderdale Family Law Attorney Catherine I. Favitta to schedule a consultation regarding your divorce, paternity case, domestic violence case, or other family law matter, to discuss your situation, receive information to help you analyze your next steps, and find out how a thorough financial assessment of your monetary situation may help you preserve your financial resources, give you a secure economic future, and make every effort to successfully resolve your case without going to Court.