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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the attorney consultation fee?

$300.00 per hour.

What is the retainer fee?

The retainer fee varies according to the issues in your case, the status of the case, and other factors evaluated by the attorney. The retainer fee is based on $300.00 hourly and a minimum number of hours. The retainer will be determined at your initial consultation.

What is the paralegal fee?

Our firm employs a Certified Paralegal®. Her services are billed at $75.00 per hour.

What if I only want to ask a question?

You need to schedule a consultation so the attorney can obtain all of the facts necessary to answer your question.

Is it abandonment if I move out of my home?

Florida is a "no fault" state, which means it is not necessary to prove a party is at fault, for example, by "abandoning" the other spouse. However, there may be facts in your particular case that suggest you should remain in your home. You need to consult with an attorney to determine what is the appropriate course of action for you, given all of your circumstances.

How long will I have to wait to get support?

Generally speaking, you must wait about four (4) months to appear before a Judge for a decision concerning temporary support matters. The time specific to your case includes many factors, including the Court's calendar, and the calendars of the attorneys involved.

How long will my divorce take?

The average contested divorce concludes in approximately one year. The time may be shorter or longer, depending on the issues in your case, the cooperation of the parties, the Court's calendar, the calendars of the attorneys involved, and other factors. Uncontested divorces can be concluded more quickly; an average length of time is about two (2) months.

What should I do if I am served with dissolution of marriage or other legal papers?

Consult a qualified attorney immediately. You must file a written response to most lawsuits within twenty (20) days of service of process.

The information provided at this site is not, and is not intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual legal advice regarding your situation.

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