Florida Divorce Lawyers
Divorce Attorneys Serving Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Bradenton Areas
No one gets married to go through a divorce. Despite people’s best intentions, sometimes marriages do not work out, and divorce is necessary. In these instances, there is no reason to let things get ugly or to come out holding the short end of the stick. Instead, hire a Florida divorce lawyer from Luhrsen Goldberg, who will provide you with the representation you need and deserve.
Why Choose Luhrsen Goldberg for a Divorce Case?
Founded in 2016 by Julie S. Luhrsen, Esq. and Christina A. Goldberg, Esq., Luhrsen Goldberg is a woman-owned and led boutique law practice. We are committed to fighting hard for our clients and putting our life experiences, perspectives, and skills to work for you.
Those looking for a divorce attorney in Florida turn to Luhrsen Goldberg because they know we have extensive experience in numerous areas of family law, including the following:
- Divorce/Dissolution Of Marriage
- Parenting & Child Support
- Dividing Up Marital Property — Assets & Debts
- Alimony/Spousal Maintenance
- Same-Sex Marriages
- Tax Considerations
- Enforcement & Modification Of Child Support
- Pre-Nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Estate Planning After A Divorce
Whether you seek a divorce lawyer for a dissolution of marriage, dividing up marital property, alimony, or anything in between, our team of committed professionals welcomes the opportunity to provide you with Law Powered by Women® legal assistance.
Why You Need a Florida Divorce Lawyer
Many couples head into a marriage thinking that if the relationship ever takes a turn for the worse, they will find a way to work things out amicably. The problem with this mindset is that no one can predict the future or how they will think and feel when divorce becomes necessary. During such an emotional moment, the last thing you should be doing is trying to handle a divorce by yourself.
Divorce attorneys are beneficial when trying to navigate the challenges that come with getting divorced in Florida. One minute your spouse is your best friend, and the next, they seek to come out on the winning end of a divorce. You can quickly be taken advantage of during this sensitive time, which is the last thing you want. Divorce lawyers can help lead the way to a happier future if you provide them with the opportunity to do so.
Grounds for Divorce in Florida
No grounds for divorce are needed in Florida because it is a no-fault divorce state. Often referred to as a dissolution of marriage, a divorce in Florida is usually approached in one of two ways. Divorces are typically uncontested or contested.
An uncontested divorce is less expensive, less stressful, and involves less time in court. These types of divorces also conclude much faster than contested ones. What makes a divorce uncontested? The divorce is uncontested when both spouses agree on all the divorce terms (e.g., child custody, child support, alimony, etc.). There is much less back and forth, and both parties are happy with the outcome.
A contested divorce is the opposite of an uncontested divorce. In this situation, the spouses cannot agree on divorce terms. They might disagree on how much time each parent spends with their child, how much alimony is appropriate, who gets the house, or other sensitive topics. A divorce lawyer in Florida can help resolve these issues and keep the divorce moving in the right direction. When spouses are at odds with one another, a Florida divorce attorney is beneficial because they can provide the perspective of someone who is not emotionally blinded by the situation.
In some cases, couples are fortunate to settle their divorce outside the courtroom with the help of divorce attorneys. This is the ideal situation because it helps expedite the process and decrease the chances of decisions being made outside of your control.
Settling Your Divorce Outside of the Courtroom
A tiny percentage of divorces go to trial. The overwhelming majority are settled before reaching a courtroom. One of the biggest reasons for this is that people want to control their future. They do not want to leave important decisions like how much time they spend with their child up to a judge.
Judges do not take the time to get to know spouses personally. The judges will only look at the facts of the case and decide based on this information. A divorce attorney in Florida that you hire will know you much better and grasp what matters to you. Therefore, it is often in your best interest to do what you can to ensure your divorce is settled outside the courtroom. Part of this process is identifying and valuing assets.
Identifying and Valuing Assets in a Florida Divorce
A vital component of any Florida divorce proceeding is identifying and valuing marital assets and deciding how best to split them between the two individuals seeking a divorce. While a person may be tempted to hide assets, that is not a wise move because it could backfire on them if a judge were to find out. For example, if a judge finds out that assets were hidden, additional legal fees may have to be paid, and a higher alimony amount may be granted. A Florida divorce lawyer could try and convince the judge to have leniency on their client if this were to happen. However, honesty is always the best policy.
At the beginning of the divorce, both parties will have to fill out what is called a financial disclosure form. The purpose of this document is to itemize all assets you own. These assets include stocks, bonds, individual retirement accounts, 401ks, savings accounts, checking and savings accounts, real estate, investments, intellectual property, businesses, and more.
The financial disclosure form should include assets in your name and those in your and your spouse’s names. After disclosing everything, the assets are valued based on current markets. Sometimes, a financial expert may have to get involved in assigning a value to certain items where the value is not apparent.
Contact Luhrsen Goldberg for a Florida Divorce Lawyer
Those looking for a Florida divorce lawyer for a dissolution of marriage, turn to Luhrsen Goldberg. Our team of committed divorce attorneys are committed to fighting hard for our clients and putting our life experiences, perspectives, and skills to work for you.
We welcome the opportunity to provide you with Law Powered by Women® legal assistance. Contact us today so we can help you with your case.