Divorce is never an easy thing to go through. It’s a time of big life changes for both spouses, and any children they may have. Changes are emotional, parental, financial, practical, and legal. With so many changes happening at the same time, navigating the legal aspect of your divorce can be difficult, but you do not have to go through it alone. Marisol Cruz helps her clients through this difficult time with compassion and personalized attention, making sure to explain the law in an easily understandable way while advocating for her client’s rights.
In Florida Divorce is known as Dissolution of Marriage. Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means either party can seek a divorce without proving the reason for wanting it. Although you do not need a reason for wanting a divorce, there are still many legal aspects that need to be addressed when getting a divorce.
If the spouses have children in common, the things that they must decide on are Parental Responsibility (commonly known as custody), decision-making authority, Time-sharing (commonly known as visitation), and each parent’s rights and responsibilities as it relates to the minor children. If the parties cannot agree what these things should be, then the Court makes a decision based on the “best interests” of the children.
As it relates to the things spouses own, the money they have, and the debts they owe, in Florida these things (known as assets and liabilities) are equitably distributed between the spouses. This means that everything is fairly divided between the spouses (known as Equitable Distribution). Generally speaking, assets and liabilities belong to both spouses (known as marital), but sometimes the assets and liabilities only belong to one spouse (known as non-marital). If spouses cannot agree on what is marital and what is non-marital, then the Court will identify the marital and non-marital assets and liabilities and then fairly divide them (equitably distribute) between the spouses.
Another important aspect of the financial issues that may exist between the spouses is whether or not a spouse is requesting alimony (spousal support). There are many statutory factors that the Court considers when determining whether or not alimony should be awarded, but most importantly is the need of the spouse requesting alimony and the ability the other spouse has to pay.
Hiring a lawyer is an important decision. The lawyer you hire should be someone you trust, someone who helps you understand the law, your rights, and responsibilities, all while fighting for you every step of the way. Your divorce case is unique and you can trust Marisol Cruz will tailor her legal representation based on your circumstances, zealously advocate for you. We look forward to helping you.