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Contested Divorce Attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida

The path of marital dissolution is never easy, but when agreements cannot be reached, a contested divorce becomes inevitable. While the ideal scenario would involve both parties agreeing on the terms of divorce, it's much more common for dissolving partnerships to involve disagreements and disputes.  

Dealing with any divorce or family law issue in Florida can be overwhelming. If you find yourself approaching a contested divorce, it's essential to understand the challenges ahead and how an experienced law firm can support you through this tumultuous time. 

You're likely filled with "what ifs" and concerns that can manifest in mental health challenges, physical health issues, or inability to navigate daily life. You don't have to go through this alone.  

Choosing to work with my firm, Garth R. Goodman, P.A., means taking a step towards easing that stress. My goal is to help you move forward confidently into the next chapter of your life. 

In St. Petersburg, Florida, my law firm stands ready to protect your rights and advocate for your best resolution. I understand the heightened emotional and financial stresses involved in these proceedings and strive to provide compassionate, efficient representation. 

Understanding Contested Divorce

A contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot come to an agreement on one or more critical issues such as property division, child custody, child support, or alimony. This type of divorce is much more common than uncontested divorce, where both parties can resolve all issues without court intervention. 

In contested divorce cases, it's essential to have a skilled and knowledgeable attorney by your side to advocate for your best interests and protect your rights. 

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The Process and Timeline

Contested divorce proceedings are inherently more complex and time-consuming than uncontested divorces. Couples entering a contested divorce in Florida should expect the process to take nine months to three years.  

The process begins when one spouse files a "Petition for Dissolution of Marriage," alleging reasons why the marriage should be dissolved. The petitioner must then serve these documents to their spouse, initiating the legal process. 

Both parties will then enter a phase of discovery, exchanging financial records, and other pertinent information to fully understand the marriage's assets and liabilities. Mediation is typically encouraged (and sometimes required) to resolve issues without going to trial. 

If mediation does not result in an agreement, the case proceeds to trial, where a judge will make decisions on all unresolved issues. This process can take anywhere from several months to several years, depending on the complexities of the case and the court's schedule. 

How a Divorce Lawyer Can Assist You

Representing yourself in a contested divorce can be incredibly challenging, given the legal complexities and emotional turbulence. An experienced divorce lawyer can offer invaluable assistance by: 

  • Giving you smart advice on your rights and what different choices might mean for you. 

  • Making sure all the important legal paperwork is done right and on time. 

  • Standing up for you in court and always advocating for what's best for you. 

  • Talking things through for you, aiming to get a good deal before things reach trial. 

  • Being there for you, offering support and guidance when things get tough. 

My firm is well-equipped to handle any contested divorce in Florida. As an experienced divorce lawyer, I'm committed to advocating for my clients’ best interests and securing their most favorable outcome while minimizing any emotional and financial impact. 

What Sets My Firm Apart?

For the past 30 years, I've been dedicated to offering strong support and guidance in divorce cases across St. Petersburg, Florida. Having experienced my parents' divorce as a child, I truly understand the emotional and financial impact it can have on a family.  

Throughout my legal career, I've stood by numerous individuals and families, guiding them through sensitive issues like child custody, asset division, alimony, and even post-divorce modifications and enforcements.  

Getting to know you and what you're aiming for is crucial for me. Together, we'll craft a legal strategy that meets your goals, ensuring we maintain open and honest communication every step of the way. With three decades of experience, especially in cases involving child custody and significant assets, I've helped numerous clients find the resolutions they needed. 

If you're in search of an experienced, dedicated family law attorney who's ready to fight for you, don't hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with my firm. Let's work together to tackle your challenges head-on.

Contested Divorce Attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida

If you are bracing for a contested divorce, you do not have to face it alone. My law firm is equipped to handle the most challenging divorce cases, protecting your interests and fighting for a just resolution. Contact my office today in St. Petersburg, Florida, to discuss your case. Together, we can work towards a solution that enables you to move forward into your next chapter with confidence.