At Philpott Law, we understand that when you need a divorce attorney in DeLand, FL, to handle your dissolution of marriage, it can be a complex and emotional issue. This issue becomes even more complicated when you are seeking child custody and child support. That's why it is essential to consult with an experienced and compassionate divorce lawyer that will help you achieve the most desirable and economic outcome. Our firm serves clients in Daytona Beach, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Lake Helen, Orange City, and Volusia County, FL.
In Florida, divorce is legally known as 'dissolution of marriage’. A spouse doesn't need grounds to dissolve the marriage, simply declaring that the marriage is irretrievably broken is sufficient enough to obtain a legal divorce. However, before a spouse can file a petition for Dissolution of Marriage, they must have been a Florida resident for at least six months.
Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means Volusia County Family Court will try to split marital assets like automobiles, bank accounts, stocks, jewelry and real estate so that each spouse gets 50 percent. However, distribution of assets gets rather complicated when marital property includes complex properties like family heirlooms, investments, a business, or other assets that one of the spouses may want to keep control of. Therefore, it is best to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer in DeLand, as soon as the dissolution of marriage has been filed, to ensure your rights are protected during the divorce proceedings.
Florida courts believe that it is in the child's best interest for each parent to equally participate in the emotional, financial, and health decisions of raising their minor child(ren), regardless of who has primary custody. Therefore, the family court will require each parent to complete a Parenting Plan, a legally binding agreement that includes visitation, child custody, and child support. The family court may also require each parent to attend parenting classes before approving the plan. In many cases, mediation can also help spouses reach an equitable marital settlement agreement without the time and expense of going to Family Court.
If you are contemplating a divorce in Volusia County, contact Philpot Law at (386) 873-2884 for a free initial consultation with an experienced divorce attorney in DeLand, FL, today!