Divorce Lawyer in Jacksonville, Florida

If you are considering  getting a divorce, or if you were recently served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, you need to think about the long term as well as the immediate future. If you have children you need to consider child support and timesharing.   For dependable advice that addresses both your future and current situations contact Lauren Kingry.

  • Temporary alimony, child support, and timesharing.
  • Visitation and parenting classes
  • Disclosure of income and assets
  • Property division negotiations or litigation
  • Mediation
  • Planning a move to another state or a distant city in Florida
  • Enforcing your rights

At Lauren Kingry Law, we work with you so that you know what you can expect during and following the divorce. We will help you with your immediate concerns and help with what  might be the long term  outcome for yourself and your children. We will make sure that you have a realistic understanding of your rights and responsibilities under Florida law.

Divorce Agreements and Modifications

While a lot of issues that come up in a Florida divorce can be worked out by agreement of the parties, my experience with divorce litigation means that your interests are protected and  in court whenever necessary, if the facts and the law can  be argued in support of your position.

Lauren Kingry is also very experienced with resolving the issues that can come up in military divorces, or when one spouse is a veteran with significant military retirement benefits.

What is the difference between a contested divorce and an uncontested divorce in Florida?

A divorce in Florida can be contested, uncontested, or semi-contested.

Contested Divorce

If a divorce is contested, that means that the parties are unable to resolve any of the issues arising from their dissolution of your marriage. It is very common for cases to start out this way at the beginning, as emotions are high, trust is gone, and the unknown is right around the corner. Generally though, as the litigation process continues, emotions are less likely to drive the case, and the common goal of reaching a solution drives the parties to find some sort of common ground, thus resolving some of the once contested issues.

Semi-contested Divorce

A divorcing Husband and Wife may agree on a timesharing plan regarding the minor children, but are unable to reach an agreement on equitable distribution or alimony. Or, in another example, the Husband and Wife may agree on all issues except the fair market value of a personal or business asset. In that scenario, the parties would enter into a Partial Marital Settlement Agreement and leave the remaining issue to be decided by the judge. These examples illustrate semi-contented divorces. A semi-contested divorce is where the parties are able to resolve some, but not all of the issues. This is an extremely common type of situation. In Florida, the parties are permitted to settle as many issues as they are able to settle and leave the remaining issues to be tried by a Court of Law.

Uncontested Divorce

Another type of divorce is referred to as an uncontested divorce. An divorce is considered uncontested when the parties agree on all issues arising from their dissolution of marriage. In other words, there are no issues to be contested. Uncontested divorces are common when the parties don’t have children and have only been married a couple years. When there are no children or assets and liabilities to contest, the process is streamlined to simply dissolving the parties marriage. Mediation is not required in an uncontested divorce as there are no issues to be resolved.
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Settlement Negotiations During a Dissolution of Marriage | Mediation

Settlement negotiations occur generally at several stages in the case. The formal venue for settling a case is mediation. Typically in family law cases, a judge orders the parties to attend mediation prior to attending trial. Both parties and counsel for each party attend the mediation. A mediator is a neutral third party used to assist the parties in reaching a settlement. A mediation conducted with a skillful mediator is essential for working with the parties to attempt to resolve their dissolution without the financial and emotional expense associated with trial.

Please note, all information herein is provided for general informational purposes only. The information herein is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Different factual scenarios may yield different results. In addition, several other factors must be considered in each individual case, and those factors can only be ascertained by speaking directly to an attorney.

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How does the length of my marriage determine what kind of alimony I will have to pay or receive?

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