Family Law

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ST. PETERSBURG DIVORCE ATTORNEY

DIVORCE

As a person reading this article, you didn’t want to find this page in your life. You put on the tuxedo or white dress and walked down the aisle with a lifetime of bliss lying before you. But somewhere along the way, bliss has turned into a nightmare. Everything that was once cute and funny is now infuriating. This time in your life is an emotional one. It’s emotional and it’s scary. It also can be liberating and a time to find yourself again. Growing up Attorney Derek Bernstein has seen his father married and divorced three times and his mother twice. He is familiar and not only sympathetic to what you are going through, but empathetic as someone who has seen the ups and downs of divorce. Trust that when you employ Attorney Bernstein to your divorce that you will have a highly skilled attorney who will not just treat you like another invoice to be billed.

In divorce there are two main types of divorce Contested and Uncontested divorce.

Uncontested Divorce
This type of divorce is what most people think they can get done. This type of divorce is where both parties agree to the terms of the divorce before filing. It requires very few court appearances, costs a smaller amount of money and is over pretty quickly. However, as Attorney Bernstein always tells clients “If you could agree on things, you probably wouldn’t be filing for divorce”. While some parties are able to file uncontested divorces, communication usually breaks down when we start talking money, dividing assets, child support, alimony, etc. If one partner is hiring an attorney, the other needs to as well, because it probably won’t be an uncontested divorce.

Contested Divorce

The more common type of divorce happens when both sides do not agree on how to split assets, child custody, alimony, etc. The process starts when one party files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, and serves their spouse. When served with a Petition, the other party then has 20 days to respond to said Petition. It is important if you are served with a Petition, you should reach out to Bernstein Law immediately to start preparing your response and counter petition.

Parts of a Divorce proceeding

  • Parenting Plans and Time-Sharing Schedules (If you have children together)
  • Equitable Distribution of Assets and Liabilities (bills/debts)
  • Alimony
  • Child Support (If you have children together)
  • Military Issues (if applicable)
  • Attorney’s Fees

Using Experts

Sometimes cases become complicated and need the use of experts in their fields. Depending on the needs of the case it may be prudent to employ forensic accountants, appraisers, private investigators, parent coordinators, therapists, and other experts in their fields. All experts will be discussed with clients prior to ever hiring one for the case.

If you need more information or are ready to file for divorce

If you are considering divorce need to speak to an attorney for a free consultation please reach out to Attorney Derek Bernstein via email at dbernsteinlaw@gmail.com or by calling his cellphone at 407-405-4684 to schedule an appointment.

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