Divorce Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL
Dedicated Divorce Attorneys Who Care
The decision to divorce is never easy, whether it is made mutually or by one spouse alone. That decision creates the need for many more that will profoundly impact everyone involved. While the process may be difficult, it is essential to handle divorce with care and efficiency. By enlisting the aid of an experienced St. Petersburg divorce attorney, you can ease this trying, often traumatic process, reducing stress and giving you a sense of security. We encourage you to contact us for informed, conscientious guidance on whatever your current concerns may be in the realm of Florida divorce law.
Family Lawyers That Understand
At Emerson Law, P.A., we believe in presenting all viable options for completing a dissolution of marriage (divorce). While our attorneys are skilled litigators, only the most intensely disputed family matters go all the way through trial. There are several ways to avoid putting critical decisions about your children and money in the hands of a judge—and we primarily focus on helping our clients reach agreements as amicably and affordably as possible.
However, we do understand that some divorces will not be resolved amicably and will require a skilled and experienced litigator. Our firm is able to provide outstanding legal representation that suits your needs, whatever route might work best for you.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce in which both spouses agree on all major issues related to the dissolution of their marriage without the need for court intervention. In an uncontested divorce, the couple typically agrees on key matters such as:
- Division of Assets and Debts: They have reached an agreement on how to divide their marital property, including real estate, financial assets, and debts acquired during the marriage.
- Child Custody and Support: If the couple has children, they have agreed on a parenting plan that outlines custody arrangements and visitation schedules. They may also have agreed on child support payments if applicable.
- Alimony or Spousal Support: They have reached an agreement on whether one spouse will pay alimony or spousal support to the other, and if so, the terms of such payments.
- Other Relevant Issues: Any other relevant issues specific to their situation, such as insurance coverage, tax considerations, or other financial matters, have been resolved amicably.
An uncontested divorce can often be a simpler and less expensive process compared to a contested divorce, where the spouses cannot agree on one or more of these key issues and the court must intervene to make decisions for them.
In an uncontested divorce, the couple typically presents their agreement to the court for approval, and if the court finds the agreement fair and in accordance with the law, it may grant the divorce without the need for a trial or extensive court proceedings.
Florida No-Fault Divorce
Florida is a no-fault divorce state, meaning the spouse requesting a divorce can do so without providing evidence that the other spouse did something wrong. In order to file for a divorce in Florida, there are three things you must prove:
- The marriage is valid;
- One party has been a Florida resident for the last six months; and
- The marriage is irretrievably broken.
We will not waste your time or money trying to litigate cases that do not make sense from a cost-benefit analysis perspective.
We believe that each case and client is unique, and provide the legal assistance that is right for you and your budget.
We approach every case with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding.
You don't need to come to our office to meet with our team. We can meet virtually!
Guidance For the Best Course of Action
You can turn to Emerson Law, P.A. with confidence that your St. Petersburg divorce lawyer will not escalate your case unnecessarily or push services that you do not need. Our attorneys are well equipped to assist you by:
Meeting with one or both divorcing spouses who already agree on issues such as child custody and time sharing, property and debt division, and support obligations – with the goal of completing an efficient “uncontested divorce;”
Serving as your dedicated divorce counsel and advocate every step of the way from preparing your filing or response to preparing extensively for negotiations, mediation or litigation; and
Facilitating an orderly, civil collaborative law process targeting divorce resolution through open discussion and information-sharing.
Schedule Your Divorce Consultation Today
Whether you are in agreement with your spouse or need a lawyer to fight for your rights because your divorcing spouse is uncooperative, we encourage you to contact Emerson Law, P.A. Our divorce lawyers will work with you to fully understand your goals, circumstances and unique family dynamic. From there, we will help guide you through the process in the best possible way. We will investigate all options to help you pursue settlement, preserving financial and emotional health, and allowing for the best possible relationships into the future.
Mr. Emerson for lack of a better phrase held my hand through my entire custody process. I was very busy with other personal matters during the custody procedures, but my case never missed a beat due to Mr. Emersons diligence. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing an attorney in any of his areas of expertise. Mr. Emersons rates were also fantastic when I compared a few different lawyers.- Nicholas
I can't say enough about a small legal problem I had and I retained Cody Emerson to represent me. Not only did he win my case but he and his staff went above and beyond to get my problems resolved. I very much recommend Cody to everyone if you want a good dependable lawyer.- Karen M.
Mr. Emerson is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend him. Cody and his team are professional and provided prompt responses to any questions I had throughout the entire process. He made a difficult process as smooth as possible and never gave me unreasonable expectations.- Nicole P.
There’s no question Cody is a talented and dedicated lawyer. I hold him in high regard and will recommend him to anyone going through a divorce. Not only did he take over my case and accomplish more in a month than a whole year; he kept my mind at ease and helped me make some tough decisions. He’s extremely detail oriented and amazingly smart. I’m so grateful for all he’s done for me. If you’re looking for a trustworthy lawyer, he’s your guy!- Sheli M.
I feel lucky to have had Cody Emerson and his team on my side during my divorce. Cody is an outstanding attorney, highly respected by the judge and court. He got me everything I hoped for, but didn't think that it was possible to get. Thank you, Cody, Kali and Jason for patiently putting up with me during these last two, most difficult years of my life and taking such good care of me. You guys are the best! Thank you!!!- Eva