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Divorce 101

Divorce 101

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Divorce 101

Central Florida Family Law Attorney Joe Knape is a Florida Divorce Lawyer also based in Orlando. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services available as a Divorce Attorney, Child Support Attorney and Domestic Violence Lawyer. Joe Knape believes it is important to be informed before entering into any action.


Divorce is an emotionally trying time for both parties. Dealing with an attorney, like Orlando Divorce Lawyer Joe Knape, puts an advocate on your side who will approach the situation in a business-like manner free of the stress caused by the upheaval caused by the divorce.


Divorce, or Dissolution of Marriage, in Florida can take as little as four to five weeks, if the divorce is non-contested and both parties agree to things like alimony, child support and the property settlement. If, on the other hand, there is dissention and things are contested, the divorce can take much longer, stretching into months.


After consulting an attorney, the process starts with the filing of a document called the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This documents lays the groundwork for the divorce, and specifies claims that you may have for things like custody of your children, how much is going to be paid in child support and by whom, if there is any alimony, how the marital property will be divided and what will happen to the debts incurred during the marriage.


Once one of the parties files the Petition, the other party in the divorce must be notified. This is generally done by a process server who personally takes all the papers to the other spouse. It there are children involved, by Florida Law, both parents must attend a seminar on children and divorce. It is not necessary that spouses attend this seminar together.


If you are thinking of getting a divorce, consult Central Florida Divorce Lawyer Joe Knape. The initial consultation is free of charge. Payment plans are available, and Joe Knape accepts all major credit cards.


Call Orlando Divorce Lawyer Joe Knape at 850-225-5563 or fill out the contact form at

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