Uncooperative Spouse - Have you been served papers?

If a deputy sheriff or process server has served you with divorce papers, it's time to get serious. We can help with your contested divorce.

Your spouse says the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and asks for court action: equitable distribution, alimony, child support and attorney fees. Maybe even to relocate outside the state with your children. YOU NEED TO ACT.

The summons that accompanies the petition for dissolution of marriage was issued by the clerk of court. It is an official court paper and advises you that you must file a response to the law suit within 20 days or risk a default being entered against you. DO NOT IGNORE THE SUMMONS.

If you let the 20 day deadline pass without filing something with the clerk or court, a default may be issued against you.

Our Approach - As aggressive as we need to be

If you have been served with divorce papers, as our client this is how we would approach your case:

  1. We talk to you to understand your situation;
  2. We review the divorce papers. What is your spouse looking for?
  3. We analyze the claim and the applicable law with you and suggest a plan of action;
  4. We prepare and file a formal response with the court;
  5. We look for the shortest distance between two points, meaning, what is the quickest and least expensive way to resolve your divorce case?
    • Being Nasty is Not Helpful.
    • Overreaching is usually Not Advisable.
    • Creating Conflict is Counter-Productive and Only Serves to Make Legal Fees for Lawyers. "Did You See What The Lawyer Said in the Divorce Papers? Is she CRAZY!" We get this all the time. After you read the divorce papers you lose your mind. "Is he nuts?" "What is she talking about?" "I can't afford alimony" You can either respond in kind and ratchet up the emotions and expense, or take a deep breath and bring things back down to earth.

We choose the latter approach. It works. Take the high intensity and emotions out of these cases and treat them in a businesslike manner; oftentimes cases can get resolved quickly and without breaking the bank.

Contact Us right away if you have been served divorce papers.


Do You Need to File and Have Your Spouse Served Papers?

If you have tried being reasonable, tried doing it the easy way and tried to avoid conflict but your spouse is not buying into the program, you will have to file a case and have him/her served if you want your Florida divorce.

Our Approach - As aggressive as we need to be.

  1. We talk to you to understand your situation;
  2. We determine what you want and need;
  3. We analyze your claim and the applicable law with you and suggest a plan of action;
  4. We prepare the petition for dissolution of marriage for filing with the court in addition to other required papers, have the clerk issue a summons and give the papers to the process server to serve your spouse;
  5. We look for the shortest distance between two points, meaning, finding the quickest and least expensive way to resolve your divorce case. We do not look to create conflict; rather, our focus is on resolving your divorce case quickly and affordably.

Once served, your spouse has 20 days to file something with the court in response. Failing that we seek entry of a default from the court and set a final hearing that you will have to attend. Contact Us if you think you need a Florida divorce case filed and your spouse served.

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