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Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A. is a law firm for life—all of life’s challenges, surprises, and opportunities. For over two decades, we have served Palm Beach County residents in the areas of family law, divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and real estate, and we understand how to provide effective guidance and representation that delivers positive results. In many situations, our work is about overcoming obstacles, streamlining legal processes, and providing that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Our West Palm Beach divorce attorneys are proud to help clients through difficult times, navigating and illuminating dark waters with experience, compassion, and aggressive advocacy. Se habla español.

The Two Paths to Divorce in Florida

  • Regular Dissolution of Marriage—The first step in this path to divorce is for either spouse to petition for a dissolution of marriage either in the county the couple last lived together or where one spouse currently resides. This petition states that the marriage is irrevocably damaged and begins the divorce timeline. The other spouse has 20 days to respond after they have been served with the petition. Next, both parties will have to submit financial documents and, if applicable, a child support guidelines worksheet.
  • Simplified Dissolution of Marriage—In a simplified dissolution of marriage, financial documents can be requested but they are not required. This can speed up the divorce proceeding, but only some couples will qualify for a simplified dissolution of marriage. To qualify, the couple must meet all of the following requirements:
    • Both parties agree to the use of this form of dissolution and agree the marriage is irrevocably damaged;
    • The couple has no dependant children;
    • The couple has no adopted children under the age of 18;
    • There is no pregnancy;
    • At least one spouse has lived in Florida for the past six months;
    • The couple has agreed upon the split of assets and debts; and
    • Neither spouse is planning on seeking alimony.

When Does A Divorce Become Contested?

When both parties in the marriage cannot come to an agreement on issues surrounding the divorce, the divorce becomes contested. This means that the case will go to a hearing before a judge, who will rule on the issues that are being disagreed on. Reasons a divorce may become contested include when the spouses cannot reach an agreement on how to split assets, how to split marital property, how to manage debts, alimony payments, child support, and child custody. An experienced divorce attorney will understand how to negotiate on your behalf to avoid a contested divorce where the decisions end up being left in the hands of a judge.

What Is the Difference Between a Contested Divorce & Uncontested Divorce?

When divorcing spouses agree on divorce-related issues, the divorce is referred to as an “uncontested” divorce. If divorcing spouses cannot reach an agreement on some or all divorce-related issues, the divorce is referred to as a “contested” divorce. Simply because you start the divorce process arguing with your spouse doesn’t mean you won’t be able to achieve a satisfactory divorce agreement before the divorce process is over. With a skilled divorce attorney negotiating on your behalf, you can be confident your rights and interests are protected while working to avoid the time and expense of a trial. Reaching an agreement empowers you to create terms you and your spouse are more likely to follow than if you leave decisions up to a judge.

Our Family Law Attorneys Provide Strong, Sensitive Representation through the Divorce Process and Beyond

Our West Palm Beach divorce attorney understands the inherent need for heightened sensitivity when dealing with strained family relationships and emotionally-charged subjects like divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, alimony, and property division. At the same time, we know how to effectively protect your interests as a parent or spouse, always working to ensure your rights, property, and peace of mind are never compromised. Count on us for all your family law needs, from divorce through relocation and beyond, and know you have a true ally in your corner.

Our Bankruptcy Attorneys Provide Workable, Smart Strategies for Overcoming Debt

Bankruptcy can be an exceedingly complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be. Our West Palm Beach bankruptcy attorneys are adept at clearly explaining bankruptcy and how bankruptcy laws apply to a given set of financial circumstances. Forget what you think you know about Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We’ll help you determine the best type of bankruptcy for you—the one with the most advantages and benefits based on your unique situation. In some cases, bankruptcy is not your only option or the best option. We’ll help you make the right move to get relief now and set yourself up for stability and success in the future.

You Don’t Have to be a Real Estate Mogul to Benefit from the Services of a Florida Real Estate Lawyer

Whether you are buying or selling residential property or commercial real estate, it’s critical to ensure the deal on the table is legally sound, complete, and advantageous to you. The beginning of the transaction process is where you best avoid pitfalls and leverage opportunity, so involving an experienced Florida real estate attorney at the beginning of any real estate transaction is best. At Bruce. S. Rosenwater, P.A., we are skilled at reviewing and negotiating real estate contracts, as well as assisting clients in real estate development, real estate investments, and property disputes.

Speak with an Experienced West Palm Beach Divorce Attorney

Even in an amicable divorce, the process itself can be overwhelming, exhausting, and traumatic. When there are disagreements over who is to blame for the marriage failing, financial arguments, or disputes over the children’s best interests, a divorce can quickly become ugly. If you and your spouse are considering divorce, you need to speak with a skilled West Palm Beach divorce attorney. Bruce S. Rosenwater, P.A. will handle your divorce proceedings with compassion and consideration for your best interests and those of your children. We will guide you through what steps to take and advise you on how to proceed when the emotions are running high.

Facing a divorce is difficult and painful. There may be a lot of tension at home, and you may not know where to turn. If you’re in Palm Beach County, call Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A. Our West Palm Beach divorce attorneys will guide you through the divorce process and protect your interests so you arrive at the other side of divorce in a position of strength.

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Attorney Bruce S. Rosenwater was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a veteran attorney, having assisted Floridians for more than 30 years. Bruce founded and developed his law firm as a law firm for life. He developed the firm’s practice areas to span most, if not all of an individual’s and a family’s lifetime legal needs. He has distinguished his practice by willingly being a family’s lawyer and counselor throughout the various stages and circumstance of their lives, from owning a first home to unfortunately unavoidable disputes, business and real estate legal needs and even injury, probate and guardianship law. Bruce has surrounded himself with a handpicked team of professionals who share his work ethic and beliefs that the reality of a personal lawyer or retained lawyer should not be reserved for the wealthy and a select few corporate clients.

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