How do I Start a Divorce Case?
The short answer is by filing a petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
According to the Dissolution of Marriage Law, which was enacted by the Florida Legislature in 1971, a spouse does not need to prove fault to seek out a dissolution of their marriage. This “no-fault” law seeks to allow both parties to end their marriage on peaceful terms in a private manner if the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
A divorce can be either contested or uncontested. An contested divorce is one in which parties do not have an agreement on all issues, such as property, children and other assets. An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree on all issues.
To begin a divorce case, the husband or wife must file a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.” The petition states what the filing party seeks from the divorce such as property, money, children, etc. The Petition is then filed and “served” to the other party. The party who has been “served” with the Petition for divorce must then file an “answer” within a time period of 20 days. Failure to “answer” to the Petition risks allowing the serving party to get everything they have requested for in their Petition by “default.” It is important that once you are served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that you seek legal assistance from a divorce attorney immediately to avoid this “default”.
If you have recently been served a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or are ready to start filing for divorce, contact Hardesty, Tyde, Green, Ashton & Clifton today or call us at 904-414-4906 to schedule a consultation with one of our veteran Jacksonville divorce attorneys.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)