Lawyers across the country predict an increase in divorce rates following “self-imposed confinement.” Restricting the independence of attending school, working, meeting family and friends and socializing are detrimental to a person’s mental and physical well-being. These restrictions have increased frustrations across the U.S., not only from the confined group stress, but because of added financial stress and concerns about the future impacts to the outside world caused by the pandemic.  Divorce lawyers say they have received more calls inquiring about the initial process toward divorce  action, once the stay-at-home orders are lifted.  Many couples realize they have nothing in common, but for the children and are getting glimpses of what their futures may be after the children have gone their own way.  Couples who have a lot of assets are also thinking about getting out of the marriage before their wealth is de-valued due to current economic changes across the board, or the decrease in a family’s revenue if jobs are in danger.

Divorce can be a positive experience with the right legal counsel.

Florida divorce proceedings are based on a “no-fault” platform where it is not necessary to prove infidelity or abuse.  It is best to avoid any actions that can affect your rights before seeking legal counsel. Most often, divorce actions move along more smoothly with better outcomes when professional legal counsel take the reins.  Be prepared for your initial meeting and make sure to ask the right questions, including:

  • What type of experience the attorney has, including memberships to peer associations and success rates for divorce actions and family law matters.
  • How long the divorce process will take to avoid frustrations and limitations to future goals.
  • What kind of availability and access you have to reach legal counsel and if calls can be made randomly, or if they need to be pre-scheduled.
  • How much money it will cost from retaining legal services through the final divorce order, including filing fees, hourly fees, or retainer agreements and rates so that you can budget your finances appropriately.
  • If the attorney finds any value in mediation and settlement agreements.

Objectivity is the key to moving through child custody and property division with a clear focus and is better handled with the help of legal counsel who can reduce conflict as a marriage comes to an end. Seek assistance in the preparation of all Clearwater divorce petitions and supporting documents filed in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in the State of Florida.  It is only necessary for one party to say the marriage is “irretrievably broken” without placing blame.  The Law Offices of Yeazell & Sweet in Clearwater  offer free consultation when individuals realize that divorce is the only option

The Law Offices of Yeazell & Sweet

1901 Ulmerton Road Suite 435
Clearwater, FL 33762
Main: 727-851-9555

Office: 727-480-6211



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