Family law isn’t just estate planning. Sure, your Tampa family lawyers can handle estate planning, and you should definitely contact them about that if you need it, but in addition to estate planning, Tampa family lawyers also cover matters like child custody, and divorce. There are a number of questions that arise when matters of divorces are discussed, and we’d like to take the opportunity to address a few of the more frequently asked ones.
Will I have to go to court?
As with just about any legal matter the answers to these questions may vary by state, so it’s important to keep that in mind. That said, in most cases, even in an uncontested or simplified divorce, you’ll need to appear before a judge in some capacity. Simple divorce proceedings where an agreement has been reached may only require that you or your spouse, or both and in some cases a witness, appear before the judge briefly to ensure that all the proper paperwork has been filed. That’s in the simplest case, so no matter what, be prepared to appear before a judge either in their chambers or in the courtroom for at least a brief time.
What is a collaborative divorce?
Similar to mediation, a collaborative divorce is a form of divorce that attempts to find an amicable resolution to the bonds of marriage. In this kind of divorce, both parties hire a lawyer, who serves as a mediator and agrees not to represent either side in court unless an agreement is reached. In some cases, a third lawyer will work to make sure that both sides agree on whatever resolution is put forth. While this approach to divorce is not accepted in all states, some states have added collaborative divorce statutes and other states are allowing the process informally. Consult your lawyer first before considering this approach to find out if it’s legal in your state.
Divorce can be a tricky thing, but when considering it in Tampa, be sure to seek out a capable lawyer who can help guide you through the process. While the circumstances surrounding it might not be painless, a good lawyer can help make it as painless as possible.