It is wise to consult with an experienced family lawyer when you are getting ready to change your life by divorce.  Questions will arise about how quickly and effectively this life change can occur.  St Petersburg divorce petitions are filed in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in a State of Florida “no fault” action where it is only necessary for one party to say the marriage is “irretrievably broken” without placing blame.  To proceed with a Florida no fault divorce at least one party to the action must be a resident of Florida for six months prior to divorce, and file the paperwork in the county of residency.

Financial matters include:

  • Alimony – financial support to a divorced party from their former spouse, usually the main financial provider of the marriage, made under order of the court.
  • Child Support – financial support based on each parties’ income; child care and insurance costs for the dependents, and how many overnights each parent spends with the child. Child Support Guidelines Worksheets must be completed by both parties and attached to final agreement.
  • Distribution of Marital Assets/Liabilities – distributing the assets and liabilities between the parties to the divorce as directed by the court.
  • Emergency Support – financial support sought after for a separated party before the divorce can be finalized and spousal/child support mandated by the court in the divorce action.

Family matters include:

  • Child Custody – custody that is in the best interests of the child taking into consideration a multitude of factors such as age, parental preference, mental and physical health of parents, child’s community, school and home environment; parental history of violence; Relationship with child and moral standing.
  • Parental Visitation – a schedule to be decided upon in advance when shared custody is agreed upon and ordered by the court.
  • Marital Settlement Agreement – a formal agreement between the divorcing parties spelling out agreed upon terms regarding finances, dependent care, shared visitation, and expenses incurred over child support obligations for dependents.

Divorce action types in Pinellas County, 6th Judicial Circuit include:

  • Simplified dissolution of marriage – can happen on the same day if both parties agree that the marriage cannot be saved, at least one of the parties has been a resident of Pinellas County for six months, the division of property and obligations are handled, there are no children as a result of the marriage (or pending pregnancies), there will be no alimony sought out and both parties are giving up the right to trial or appeal on the matter;
  • Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent Children – Parent education course must be attended by both parties of the marriage with certifications filed in court, marriage must be irretrievably broken, and there must be a child or pregnancy resulting from the marriage, and one of the parties must be a resident of Pinellas County for six months.
  • Dissolution of marriage with no children; Both parties have marital assets and liabilities but there are no dependents resulting from the marriage and the wife is not pregnant, one of the parties must be a resident of Pinellas County for six months.
  • Dissolution of marriage with no children or property; Both parties have no marital assets or liabilities, no minor dependents, the wife is not pregnant and one of the parties must reside in Pinellas County for six months.

Consult with an experienced family law attorney at Yeazell & Sweet in St. Petersburg because divorce is a time consuming, emotional, financial and family upheaval for which you will need a professional to guide you in the right direction for your personal, family and financial future.

The Law Offices of Yeazell & Sweet

76 4th N #2214

St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Office:  727-480-6211