Divorce

Divorce Decree

Divorce can be a very trying and difficult time in someones life, at the Law Office of Leonard S. Villafranco P.A. we take the time to listen to our clients to understand what are the most important issues and concerns involved with their divorce.

In Stuart and Port St. Lucie Florida, the divorce process begins when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the Family Division of the Martin or Saint Lucie County Circuit Court. Depending on the circumstances and issues related to the divorce, other forms might be necessary.

  • If you have minor children, a Uniform Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Affidavit will need to be filed with a Child Support Guideline Worksheet and a Family Law Financial Affidavit.
  • If you are seeking alimony you must also file a Petition for Support.
  • Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course (required for parents filing for divorce in Florida)

The other spouse is then served with the paperwork and given time to respond. I know this sounds very confusing. This is why an experienced attorney is so important. Even if the parties are in agreement about property and debt disbursement, as well as child custody and child support matters, you should still hire an attorney just to make sure the paperwork is filled out and filed correctly. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, then mediation is required. And you need an experienced and caring attorney like Mr. Villafranco to represent your legal rights.

Like most states in the Unites States Florida is a “no fault” divorce state. No fault divorce means neither spouse is required to prove “fault” or marital misconduct on either party. One party must merely show that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” or that the other party has been mentally incapacitated for the past 3 years.

Give us a call at our Stuart Office at (772) 288-7338 or our Port St. Lucie Office at (772) 871-6441. We will be more that happy to go over all your legal options.