Family Law

Orlando Family Law Attorney

Alison M. Lopes understands the pain and emotion that comes in dealing with Family Law matters. Whether you are in the process of getting a divorce or trying to establish Paternity Rights we are here to help and provide the most accurate information. Our goal is to make this process as quick and painless as possible. Don’t try to fight the issue on your own. If you are confused on how to get started call us today for a FREE one-hour consultation.

Divorce

With several years of experience Alison M. Lopes is here to help you make the best decisions for your family. If you are looking to get a divorce in Florida let us guide you and inform you on the eligibility laws and the process of filing for divorce.

The Process Of Filing For Divorce

The process for filing for a divorce varies from state to state. If you are filing for a divorce in Florida, one of two spouses must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing the petition with the court. The party filing for divorce can file in the county where both parties last lived together as Husband and Wife as long as one party still lives in that county.

Either spouse will need to file a form called the Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage. Upon doing so you will need to serve the petition to the other party. Once the petition is served the other person will have 20 days to respond.



In Florida when you file a petition for dissolution of marriage, one of the other important documents that you must also prepare and submit to the court is a financial affidavit. A financial affidavit generally discloses your income, expenses, assets, and debts to the court.

In Florida if the parties are not able to come to an agreement on the terms of the divorce then they must attend mediation. Mediation is a process where an impartial third party will try to help resolve the pending issues, and if possible, help the divorcing spouses reach a final agreement. If this process does not work then the parties will have to go to trial.

Paternity in Florida

Establishing paternity can be very beneficial to your child and to yourself as well. Not just men can file for paternity…pregnant women, a child who is unsure of who is father is, or a man believes he has impregnated a woman can all file for paternity. When this action has been taken the court system will provide a custody plan as well as make known any child support fees. Each party will be able to present their case to the judge.

Let Alison M. Lopes be there to guide you. She understands that every family and their situation is different, so it is important to know the law and the process. Let us help you gain your rights.

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