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Contested Divorce for $200 per hour

I am gender neutral. Men and women hire me. A Judge will grant a divorce despite one spouse’s vehement objection. Inability to agree on the percentage of timesharing overnights each parent shall have, whether to pay and the amount of child support or alimony, valuation and disposition of 401K, IRA and pension benefits and disposition of the marital home or a business cause most divorces to be filed as a contested dissolution.

I am a skilled negotiator. Often I am able to convert your contested divorce into an uncontested divorce after a successful temporary relief hearing. Often contested divorces become uncontested after my client prevails at mediation. Your total family income determines whether you and your spouse are eligible for lower cost in courthouse family mediation.

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61.052 Dissolution of marriage.—

  • (1) No judgment of dissolution of marriage shall be granted unless one of the following facts appears, which shall be pleaded generally:
    • (a) The marriage is irretrievably broken.
    • (b) Mental incapacity of one of the parties. However, no dissolution shall be allowed unless the party alleged to be incapacitated shall have been adjudged incapacitated according to the provisions of s. 744.331 for a preceding period of at least 3 years. Notice of the proceeding for dissolution shall be served upon one of the nearest blood relatives or guardian of the incapacitated person, and the relative or guardian shall be entitled to appear and to be heard upon the issues. If the incapacitated party has a general guardian other than the party bringing the proceeding, the petition and summons shall be served upon the incapacitated party and the guardian; and the guardian shall defend and protect the interests of the incapacitated party. If the incapacitated party has no guardian other than the party bringing the proceeding, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to defend and protect the interests of the incapacitated party. However, in all dissolutions of marriage granted on the basis of incapacity, the court may require the petitioner to pay alimony pursuant to the provisions of s. 61.08.
  • (2) Based on the evidence at the hearing, which evidence need not be corroborated except to establish that the residence requirements of s. 61.021 are met which may be corroborated by a valid Florida driver’s license, a Florida voter’s registration card, a valid Florida identification card issued under s. 322.051, or the testimony or affidavit of a third party, the court shall dispose of the petition for dissolution of marriage when the petition is based on the allegation that the marriage is irretrievably broken as follows:
    • (a) If there is no minor child of the marriage and if the responding party does not, by answer to the petition for dissolution, deny that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court shall enter a judgment of dissolution of the marriage if the court finds that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
    • (b) When there is a minor child of the marriage, or when the responding party denies by answer to the petition for dissolution that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court may:
      • 1. Order either or both parties to consult with a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi, or any other person deemed qualified by the court and acceptable to the party or parties ordered to seek consultation; or
      • 2. Continue the proceedings for a reasonable length of time not to exceed 3 months, to enable the parties themselves to effect a reconciliation; or
      • 3. Take such other action as may be in the best interest of the parties and the minor child of the marriage. If, at any time, the court finds that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court shall enter a judgment of dissolution of the marriage. If the court finds that the marriage is not irretrievably broken, it shall deny the petition for dissolution of marriage.
  • (3) During any period of continuance, the court may make appropriate orders for the support and alimony of the parties; the parenting plan, support, maintenance, and education of the minor child of the marriage; attorney’s fees; and the preservation of the property of the parties.
  • (4) A judgment of dissolution of marriage shall result in each spouse having the status of being single and unmarried. No judgment of dissolution of marriage renders the child of the marriage a child born out of wedlock.
  • (5) The court may enforce an antenuptial agreement to arbitrate a dispute in accordance with the law and tradition chosen by the parties.
  • (6) Any injunction for protection against domestic violence arising out of the dissolution of marriage proceeding shall be issued as a separate order in compliance with chapter 741 and shall not be included in the judgment of dissolution of marriage.
  • (7) In the initial pleading for a dissolution of marriage as a separate attachment to the pleading, each party is required to provide his or her social security number and the full names and social security numbers of each of the minor children of the marriage.
  • (8) Pursuant to the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, each party is required to provide his or her social security number in accordance with this section. Each party is also required to provide the full name, date of birth, and social security number for each minor child of the marriage. Disclosure of social security numbers obtained through this requirement shall be limited to the purpose of administration of the Title IV-D program for child support enforcement.

More About Contested Divorce

I appear before each family law judge every week. I know how to prepare you and your witnesses to testify effectively. My experience helps me prepare you to present you “in the best light” before the Judge. I am skilled at presenting your evidence persuasively. I know how to cross examine your spouse and their witnesses so the Judge will not consider them credible or base a decision on false evidence presented by them.

My 32 years of family law experience enables me to predict how the Judge assigned to your case will evaluate your facts, circumstances and both parties behavior. I will not send long letters, file unnecessary pleadings or schedule unnecessary hearings to generate a larger fee.

I will discourage your spouse’s attorney from doing so.

I will attempt to negotiate a favorable marital settlement at or before mediation. If unable to settle, I am very aggressive in Court. I have done over 1,500 divorce, timesharing, support and family law non-jury trials. I have handled over one thousand contempt, temporary support, temporary timesharing, temporary visitation and temporary custody divorce and family law hearings.

I will explain everything to you in simple terms. I will provide you candid assessment and accurate prediction of possible outcomes and risks so you can make informed decisions. Call for a free phone or office consultation.

Contested Divorce Litigation for $200 per hour

My hourly rate is $200. If you have questions about, desire to file or have been served with a petition for dissolution of marriage, call to discuss the facts of your case and my low down, pay-as-you-go fees.

Contact Attorney Robert M. Marasco

Rockledge Law Office

Marasco Law Office
208 Hardee Lane
Rockledge, Florida 32955
(P) (321) 631-3476

Cocoa Law Office

Marasco Law Office
550 South Cocoa Blvd
Cocoa, Florida 32922
(P) (321) 433-3476

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