When I sat down to write today, I wanted to speak to those of you contemplating handling your own divorce. I set out to give helpful advice on how you might go about handling matters on your own. At least, I could help point the way for those who stubbornly insist on making themselves divorce experts. Maybe you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse are not contesting any assets. Maybe you simply and amicably agree on everything, including the fact that you cannot salvage your relationship together. So, if you are not disagreeing on anything, and the courts provide you with all of the documentation you need to handle things yourself, why should you spend any of your hard earned income hiring a Florida family law attorney specializing in divorce?
I strived to create a short, simple bullet point outline trying to point you in the right direction and my frantic scribbles quickly became a 3 page manifesto that did not even begin to scratch the surface of all of the documentation you would need, let alone addressing the different contingencies involved based on your personal situation. If I can’t make an amicable divorce a simple process, then you simply cannot teach yourself all of the necessary items you need to consider when filing for your divorce, including the tax nightmare after your divorce has been finalized! So, here are a few quick statistics you need to consider before you step before a judge or general magistrate on your own.
- There are 30 different forms that may or may not apply to your specific situation that are necessary to review, listed as Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Forms.
- These 30 different forms do not include supporting documentation or other forms you may need to file in conjunction with the initial 30 procedural forms. There are 28 supporting documents for these initial 30 forms that will also need your review based on your own personal situation.
- Of course, you’ll need to study and understand the definitions issued by the courts on all of the verbiage in these documents to clarify exactly what each document is discussing.
That is the closest I can come to a simple outline of what you’ll need to consider when deciding if contacting a divorce attorney is right for you. Obviously, I know there is one place to turn that has the experience to tailor these court procedural demands into concise actions that you have the potential to correctly complete. Anton Legal Group. Please, help me help you!
David Anton is a third generation Tampa Bay attorney who has handled all aspects of dissolution actions since 1985.
FOR FAMILY LAW LEGAL ADVICE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT DAVID ANTON OF THE ANTON LEGAL GROUP AT (813) 443-5249.
For more information on the forms mentioned above, please visit the Florida Bar at http://www.floridabar.org/TFB/TFBResources.nsf/Attachments/416879C4A88CBF0485256B29004BFAF8/$FILE/311%20Family%20Law.pdf?OpenElement
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