Divorce Attorney in Boca Raton & Palm Beach
Divorces are usually best settled when the spouses can set aside the differences that led to the separation and divorce in order to reach agreement about important matters like the children and the finances.
In some situations, however, a negotiated divorce agreement is simply not possible. This may be the case due to high emotional tension or because the spouses disagree strongly about questions involving the children or the marital assets.
Interstate Divorce Cases
The Law Offices of Peter Perettine has a special focus on interstate and international family law cases. When spouses or ex-spouses live in different states or different countries, legal proceedings regarding divorce, child custody or other matters become very complex. Before the divorce or other legal proceeding can even begin, there must first be a decision about which state or country the case will be heard in. If you are involved in an interstate or international divorce or child custody dispute, contact our office immediately for confidential assistance.
At the Law Offices of Peter Perettine, in Boca Raton, Florida, our approach to divorce cases is straightforward and effective. In many cases, we are able to help the parties work through their differences to achieve a relatively friendly marriage settlement agreement. In contested divorce cases, however, we prepare for a long and hard-fought battle – including a possible trial -from the first day of the marriage dissolution process.
An Outline of the Marriage Dissolution Process in Contested Divorce Cases
Typically, it takes anywhere from four months to a year to finalize a contested divorce. It is very rare to get a trial date earlier than four months in most cases because in most cases the spouses are required by law to go to mediation before they go to trial and submit the case to a judge.
Mediation sessions are non-binding, and you can be represented by your lawyer. The goal of mediation is for a neutral third party (the mediator) to use professional conflict resolution techniques to help you and your spouse reach agreement on some or all of the issues involved in the divorce.
If the mediation is unsuccessful, the next step is to seek a temporary relief order from the court. The temporary relief order specifies temporary arrangements for child custody, child support, alimony, living arrangements and financial matters.
As soon as the divorce is filed, during the mediation period, before and after the temporary relief hearing, your attorney will be fine-tuning your arguments for child custody, child support, alimony and division of marital property.
Contact the Law Offices of Peter Perettine
Attorney Peter Perettine has more than 25 years’ experience as an aggressive and loyal divorce attorney for clients throughout the South Florida area. He has handled or tried more than 100 contested divorce cases throughout his career.
We offer free initial telephone consultations and in-person consultations for a reasonable flat fee that is credited against a client’s retainer fee if we are retained. To discuss your family law questions in a confidential setting with an experienced family law attorney, call us at (561) 368-6042 or send text to cell: (561) 251-2104. You can also send us an e-mail.