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August 2

What to Expect at the Beginning of the Divorce Process

divorce process tavaresThe divorce process is tense. It is emotional and sometimes combative. Both spouses may feel overwhelmed with feelings of confusion, sadness, anger. It is important from the very beginning of the divorce process to have a good understanding of what to expect.

The most important decision you can make at the beginning of your divorce process is to choose a great attorney who will talk to you realistically about all of your options. A good attorney will explain what the law says and the reasonable expectations for your case.

Although it may be difficult to communicate with your spouse, it is important to remember that the more the two of you can cooperate in divorce matters, the better off you will be in court. Your attorney can help you discuss issues with your spouse regarding bank accounts, credit card debts, the house, retirement accounts and time sharing with your children. Interaction and cooperation from the beginning of the divorce will set the tone for working together as co-parents.

Once the divorce petition is filed, the Respondent is served and has 30 days to answer (respond) to the petition. If no response is filed, the court may award everything to the Petitioner that he or she asked for in the petition. If the Respondent does file an answer the case may proceed to trial. Mediation is usually required prior to trial in an effort to amicably reach an agreement.

It is also a good idea to come to your attorney prepared. You can help your lawyer help you by bringing organized documents including bank accounts, credit card statements, insurance and retirement account information. This will cut down on the time it will take to go over your case and get you fully prepared for court.

You will always be our number one priority. We will always treat you with respect and will always work hard to make sure you understand exactly what we are doing for you. We are dedicated to providing you with the best legal advice and representation available in Central Florida.

Take the first step.

You don’t have to do this alone.

If you need help getting through the divorce, custody or support process, then contact the offices of Benjamin J. Cox and we will be glad to help.

Or, you can call our office at (352) 343-0091.

Or, you can stop by our office in downtown Tavares, just steps from the Lake County Courthouse.

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