What Should You Expect In Divorce?
Divorce can be a long process, and it is not something that will happen
overnight. Unless you and your spouse are able to reach a quick, amicable
settlement, you should expect your divorce to last anywhere from six months
to a year. During that time, you will want an experienced and assertive
divorce lawyer by your side who genuinely cares about your best interests
– one who is compassionate when you experience emotional trauma,
aggressive when the other party tries to violate your rights, and accessible
whenever you call with questions or concerns.
To discuss your case with an experienced divorce attorney, call Anne E.
Raduns, P.A., at (352) 310-8235. With offices in Ocala, we represent
clients throughout Central Florida.
Legal Stages Of Divorce
Divorce is a complex legal procedure. The basic process, however, follows
a relatively rigid, simple structure, as outlined below:
- One spouse files a petition for dissolution of marriage (it doesn’t
matter who files first – there is no advantage either way).
- The other spouse is served with divorce papers and has 20 days to file
- Next is a period of mandatory disclosure, during which both spouses turn
over bank records, tax returns, 401(k)s and other financial statements
so their attorneys can gain a sense of how to fairly divide the marital property.
Meanwhile, there may be a temporary relief hearing where either spouse
can ask for exclusive use and possession of the house as well as temporary
parenting time and
child support arrangements.
After the mandatory disclosure period, the parties go into
mediation, though if they cannot resolve all their issues in mediation, the case
must then go to trial in a contested divorce.
In divorces involving
domestic violence, mediation may be excused and the case would go directly to trial.
Emotional Stages Of Divorce
At some point, you loved your spouse enough to marry him or her, and now
you are filing for divorce. You can expect to experience powerful emotions
as the divorce unfolds.
Handling family law exclusively, the team at Anne E. Raduns, P.A., has
observed that people facing divorce often go through emotional stages
similar to the stages of grieving and usually experience the strong emotions of:
- Anger and frustration
- Remorse and sadness
- Guilt and blame
- Resolution and recovery
- Anticipation for the ability to move on in life
Of course, everyone experiences this process differently, and not every
relationship falls neatly into this pattern. Usually, after a few months,
the divorcing couple is able to communicate effectively again. After seven
to eight months, most divorced individuals have recovered emotionally
enough to stand on their own feet and regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.
This may be a difficult time for you, but help is available at our firm.
Contact us now for an initial case evaluation. Call Anne E. Raduns, P.A.,
at (352) 310-8235. We represent clients in Ocala, The Villages and the