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Are You Facing Divorce? Protecting Your Rights Through a Personalized Approach

Miami Divorce Lawyers

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If your life and future have been turned upside down by the prospect of a divorce, you need legal counsel that you can trust. At Mitchell & West LLC, we have the dedication and skill to protect you and your loved ones' interests in custody disputes, a complicated divorce, and post-divorce matters.

Why Call Our Miami Divorce Attorneys?

  • Included in Super Lawyers® (top 5% of FL attorneys)
  • Legal Services in English & Spanish
  • Passionate, trial-ready family law representation
  • Collaborative approach of our whole team

We devote our entire practice to the pursuit of justice for our clients. We are ready to assert your legal rights, guard your child’s best interests, and help you craft the next chapter of your life. We recognize that your case is unique, and we will provide the individual attention you deserve.

Know your rights and legal options! Contact us at (305) 783-3301 to set up an appointment.

Guidance for Every Type & Aspect of Divorce

While we are trial-tested advocates, we are committed to helping our clients achieve fair results through a non-adversarial approach. This is in everyone’s best interests, as it can enable you to quickly move forward by saving yourself from needless stress, legal costs, and wasted time. Let our divorce attorneys help you reach a brighter future through as hassle-free a divorce as possible.

Our attorneys offer proven representation for matters such as:

What Type of Divorce Is Right for You?

The state of Florida recognizes three types of divorce. If you and your spouse decide that staying together is no longer viable, you may wish to discuss your case with a Miami divorce attorney and find out what type of divorce is right for you.

Making the right choice is important for helping you reach a solution that is satisfactory and mutually beneficial for you and your spouse.

  1. Simplified Dissolution of Marriage - This is a unique form of divorce that only a select few people qualify for. If you have no children from the marriage (and are not pregnant), and agree on all basic aspects of your divorce, both spouses can complete a financial affidavit and property settlement agreement forms then skip straight to the final divorce hearing. You may not even need a divorce attorney in Miami to file for this type of divorce.
  2. Contested Divorce - This is the most common type of divorce. A contested divorce requires both spouses to appear before a judge multiple times to plead their case, and a judge will give orders and rulings based on established formulas, procedures, and presented evidence. This will ultimately end the marriage but often leaves a lot of risk on the table and could wind up creating an unsatisfying conclusion.
  3. Uncontested Divorce - This is similar to a simplified dissolution of marriage, but requires negotiation and careful crafting of a final divorce agreement without a judge being involved. Any couple can file for an uncontested divorce, but both spouses must be able to work together. If they cannot agree on even a single provision, they will have to file a contested divorce and a judge will need to get involved.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Miami?

Since the state of Florida is "no-fault", couples are required to go through a separation period of at least six months before filing for divorce. The only requirement for this phase is that at least one of the spouses is a permanent resident of Florida or a member of the U.S. armed forces who is currently stationed in the state.

In the ideal world, your divorce would be uncontested and only take three weeks upon filing the paperwork. However, many divorces don't agree on every term and will need to resolve it through mediation or with a contested divorce. Contested divorces may take months, even years, to complete. Since every case is unique, there is no clear-cut answer as to how long a divorce will take you.

Is My Spouse Entitled to 401-k in Divorce?

Any amount of funds inside a 401-K is supposed to be divided between each spouse during the property division phase of a divorce. Since Florida utilizes equitable distribution, all funds will be dispersed in a fair and reasonable way. If you are aware of any funds being taken out of your 401-K, or vice versa, contact the plan's sponsor immediately to flag the actions and see if the plan allows for a stoppage.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Divorce can be frustrating and emotionally draining for all parties involved. Many cases which are hotly contested end up undergoing court litigation, which can be both lengthy and expensive.

Fortunately, there is another way to resolve the differences you have with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. If both parties are able to determine a divorce agreement on amicable and respectful terms, mediation can be a viable option. It involves a third-party mediator to help both spouses decide the outcome of the divorce. The mediator is often a family law attorney, therapist, or family counselor.

Benefits of divorce mediation include the following:

  1. Faster process compared to court litigation. Waiting for a verdict in court can take months or even years. On the other hand, you can work out the terms of your divorce through mediation in just a few sessions that fit your schedule, without the need to schedule and wait for court dates.
  2. Less costly. Whether it is court fees or attorney fees, there are many costs associated with court litigation. If a divorce goes to court, the cost may be three times as high compared to mediation.
  3. Keeps details confidential. Any documents, notes, or disclosures that occur during the mediation process remains private, while court litigation makes the divorce agreement public record.
  4. The method is a collaborative process. The goal of the mediator is the help parties find common solutions which can benefit both of them, which is considered a “win-win” resolution. When a couple goes through the courts, it often results in a “win-lose” situation.
  5. Enables couples to work together. Since many of our divorce clients have children, they need to learn how to cooperate after divorce in order to raise their kids. During the mediation process, both parties learn how to communicate better with one another.

Get Family Law Help from Our Miami Divorce Lawyers

In order to qualify for divorce in Florida:

  • You and your spouse must be legally married
  • Either you or your spouse must live in Florida for at least six months before filing
  • Your marriage must be irretrievably broken

At Mitchell & West, LLC, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal process with ease and confidence. We understand that nobody ever really wants to have to contact a lawyer for help, but sometimes it cannot be avoided.

For this reason, we make client service and communication one of our most important priorities. We believe everyone deserves high-quality representation.

Are you ready to start the divorce process? Call (305) 783-3301 or contact us online to begin discussing your legal options.

About Mitchell & West

  • In Super Lawyers®

    No more than 5% of Florida attorneys are included in Super Lawyers®. It takes significant experience, results, reputation, and many other qualifications to pass the rigorous, patented selection process.

  • Dedicated to the Community

    In addition to providing sterling legal representation, which includes pro bono services to indigent clients, we also strive to be active in the local community, generous with our time and other resources.

  • Trial-Tested Advocacy

    We are true trial lawyers, ready for any and all challenges of litigation. No matter how complex your case is, we have the resources and insight to protect your rights in the toughest legal arenas.

  • Known for Personalized Service

    We understand that each case is unique, and every client deserves individualized attention. We commit to provide one-on-one counsel so we can create a legal strategy that is tailored to your needs and goals.