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Contested divorce

A contested divorce is one in which the divorcing parties are not in agreement on all of the issues at the time the divorce is filed.

Kristina Elizabeth Feher | Jun 27, 2019

What options do I have if I don’t have the money for a lawyer?

CLERK’S WEBSITE: Believe it or not, the website for the Clerk of Court for the county your case is in can be a big help. In Pinellas County, Florida, our clerk’s website includes information for the Clerk’s Self-Help Center and a link to forms for a variety of civil and family law cases. https://www.mypinellasclerk.org/Self-Help COURT’S WEBSITE: Also, there is often a separate website for the Court system for the county your case is in. In Pinellas County, Florida, the court website for the Sixth Judicial Circuit provides information on representing yourself in court, including forms, additional resources, frequently asked questions, and more. http://www.jud6.org/GeneralPublic/RepresentingYourselfInCourt.html FORMS: Many forms can be found online. **Note: Forms are only a starting point. You should make sure to include the specifics to your case. **Note: Make sure your forms come from a reputable source, such as the Clerk’s website or the Court’s website. Bonus – the Florida Family Law Forms online also have instruction pages available that explain to you what the form is for and how to complete it. LEGAL AID SOCIETIES: Most towns have a legal aid societies. Each of them usually handle their own types of cases – some handle immigration, some do landlord/tenant work, some help with bankruptcy. Find the legal aid society in your area and see if they handle the type of case you seek help with. **Note: In order to get assistance from a Legal Aid Society, often your income must not exceed 125% of the national poverty line, which is currently set at $16,910 for a 2-person household and $25,750 for a 4-person household. VOLUNTEER LAWYER PROJECT/PRO BONO PROJECT/FREE LEGAL WORKSHOPS: A local bar association (a club for lawyers) often hosts a volunteer lawyer project, or a pro bono project, or a free legal workshop to assist individuals with their cases. Most of the time these events are free and are done year-round. LAW CLINICS: If you have a law school in your area, the local law school may provide a free legal clinic where law students provide legal help. The law students are supervised by attorneys and law professors and receive class credit for their legal help.

Yazan Rantisi | May 24, 2019

How to get divorced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - A step-by-step guide

Filing The process formally begins the filing of a petition for divorce in with the clerk of court. An experienced family law attorney can assist with drafting this document, or you can use the forms made available by The East Baton Rouge Family Court. Once the documents have been properly completed and notarized, they must then be filed with the clerk of court and the required filing fee must be provided. Service Your spouse must then be served. This is typically requested at the end of the petition for divorce or waived by both you and your spouse when filing. If service has not been waived, the sheriff will then give your spouse notice of your filing. Your spouse then as 15 days from the date of service to respond. You may call the clerk of court a few weeks after filing to find out if your spouse has been served. Discovery This part of the process is typically best handled by an attorney, but it is often not needed if the spouses agree to the terms of divorce or their are no significantly complications or disputes as to the facts of the case. Settlement, Negotiations, and Meditation Following discovery, the parties will have the opportunity to settle their disagreements through negotiations between themselves, with the assistance of lawyers, or by using a professional mediator. Like discovery, this aspect of the process is not needed if the divorce in uncontested. Trial You will need to contact the judge’s office to schedule a court date a few weeks after service or after the discovery period. A date will then be set and you will need to appear at the court on the assisted day and time to finalize your divorce or have your disputes heard by a judge. Judgement of Divorce At the conclusion of your trial, the judge will likely grant the divorce and sign a judgement of divorce. This may have been included in your filing or you may need to send this shortly after the trial. Once this document is signed, your are officially divorced.

Harry N. Konst | Dec 1, 2018

Uncontested Divorce

The differences between Uncontesed and Contested Divorces in New York Uncontested Divorces - Harry Konst Law Offices in Buffalo and New York City. Marriages are like business partnerships. Creating one is easy, but dissolving it later can become one of the worst experiences and very expensive. However, in New York State if the two spouses can agree beforehand, you might be eligible for an Uncontested Divorce. An UnContested Divorce is the "mere filing of forms." Advantages: 1. The parties need not attend court. 2. Forms are filled out and the papers are signed. 3. The forms are filed with the court clerk. 4. The time frame is much shorter. 5. Attorney arguments and legal positioning is eliminated. 6. Expenses are minimal. If you can't agree, matrimonial dissolution can be very expensive. The economic effects of a divorce include dividing your assets and doubling your living costs. But it can also take a greater toll. Divorce can bring havoc on your emotions, and it can have long-term psychological effects on all those involved. Moreover, in our adversarial legal system, where each attorney is fighting for their client's best interests, a prolonged divorce can escalate before it becomes settled. It's no wonder why divorce is the leading cause of negative opinions about the legal profession. Therefore the Uncontested divorce alternative can save everyone substantial legal fees, not to mention the aggravation associated with the divorce process. Both spouses need to meet and agree to get a divorce and to all of the settlement terms before filing. The forms and documents are all accessible online at the New York State Court website: http://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/forms.shtml But that is not to say that in won't become complicated. The court website states: "Before you use the booklets and forms, we strongly suggest that you give serious thought to using a lawyer for your divorce, even if you believe that your divorce will be *uncontested" (i.e., your spouse will not oppose the divorce in any way). And, there may be more to think about than just ending the marriage and filling out court papers. For example, there may be property to divide between you and your spouse, or you may need an Order of Protection and/or child support and other financial support, among other things. To be eligible for an Uncontested Divorce, you must first be eligible to file a divorce in New York State. There are two requirements: (1) satisfy residency requirements, and (2) comply with one of the grounds for divorce. There were four grounds for divorce, but as of October 2010, there is another basis known as *No-Fault Divorce." Here, a party must swear that the marriage has broken down irretrievably for the past six months. In summary, an Uncontested Divorce can save you money, aggravation, emotional turmoil, and help set you on a new path to a better life. -------------------------------------------------------- Please mark this article if it was helpful to you. Thank you. For more information, contact: Konst Law In NYC Call: (646) 944-9755 In Buffalo Call: Ph. (716) 601-1000 Website: KonstLaw.com Mailing address: 5511 Broadway Street Lancaster, NY 14086 Uncontested Divorces Uncontested Divorces - Harry Konst Law Offices in Buffalo and New York City. Marriages are like business partnerships. Creating one is easy, but dissolving it later can become one of the worst experiences and very expensive. However, in New York State if the two spouses can agree beforehand, you might be eligible for an Uncontested Divorce. An UnContested Divorce is the "mere filing of forms." Advantages: 1. The parties need not attend court. 2. Forms are filled out and the papers are signed. 3. The forms are filed with the court clerk. 4. The time frame is much shorter. 5. Attorney arguments and legal positioning is eliminated. 6. Expenses are minimal. If you can't agree, matrimonial dissolution can be very expensive. The economic effects of a divorce include dividing your assets and doubling your living costs. But it can also take a greater toll. Divorce can bring havoc on your emotions, and it can have long-term psychological effects on all those involved. Moreover, in our adversarial legal system, where each attorney is fighting for their client's best interests, a prolonged divorce can escalate before it becomes settled. It's no wonder why divorce is the leading cause of negative opinions about the legal profession. Therefore the Uncontested divorce alternative can save everyone substantial legal fees, not to mention the aggravation associated with the divorce process. Both spouses need to meet and agree to get a divorce and to all of the settlement terms before filing. The forms and documents are all accessible online at the New York State Court website: http://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/forms.shtml But that is not to say that in won't become complicated. The court website states: "Before you use the booklets and forms, we strongly suggest that you give serious thought to using a lawyer for your divorce, even if you believe that your divorce will be *uncontested" (i.e., your spouse will not oppose the divorce in any way). And, there may be more to think about than just ending the marriage and filling out court papers. For example, there may be property to divide between you and your spouse, or you may need an Order of Protection and/or child support and other financial support, among other things. To be eligible for an Uncontested Divorce, you must first be eligible to file a divorce in New York State. There are two requirements: (1) satisfy residency requirements, and (2) comply with one of the grounds for divorce. There were four grounds for divorce, but as of October 2010, there is another basis known as *No-Fault Divorce." Here, a party must swear that the marriage has broken down irretrievably for the past six months. In summary, an Uncontested Divorce can save you money, aggravation, emotional turmoil, and help set you on a new path to a better life. -------------------------------------------------------- Please mark this article if it was helpful to you. Thank you. For more information, contact: Konst Law In NYC Call: (646) 944-9755 In Buffalo Call: Ph. (716) 601-1000 Website: KonstLaw.com Mailing address: 5511 Broadway Street Lancaster, NY 14086

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