Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

In our years of experience guiding clients through the divorce process, we have heard and answered countless questions. Here are a few we hear frequently. Please note that every case is unique and the best way to have your questions answered is to speak with a knowledgeable divorce attorney.

  • How long does it take to get divorced in Florida? Each situation is unique, and it may depend on the tone and complexity of your divorce. A fairly simple uncontested divorce filing may take as little as four to five weeks, while a litigious divorce filing with complex financial issues may take up to six months.
  • What are Florida’s residency requirements for a divorce filing? At least one spouse must have been a Florida resident for the six months immediately preceding the divorce filing. Even if you have not yet met the residency requirement, it may be wise to speak to a lawyer if you are planning a divorce filing. We can help you take steps to put yourself in the best possible position to protect your interests.
  • Do I have to go through mediation if I know the case won’t settle? Florida law requires that divorcing couples go through mediation before moving onto litigation. In many cases, mediation helps couples resolve immediate issues such as support, time-sharing, and possession of the marital home.
  • Am I entitled to financial support from my spouse or former spouse? If your spouse earns significantly more than you do, there is a strong possibility that you may be awarded alimony for at least some time after the end of the marriage. This may be determined by a judge or agreed upon in mediation.

More Questions? Contact The Sparkman Law Firm.

Attorney Shazia Sparkman has developed a reputation for combining tenacious advocacy with considerate and personalized client contact. Our firm does not make clients wait to hear back from a lawyer; we answer questions promptly and honestly so our clients are empowered in their cases.

“She is always quick to respond to any questions I have had and keep me very well-informed on things the layperson doesn’t understand. … I don’t think I could have found a more capable, dedicated attorney anywhere.”

– A client in Tampa, Florida

To arrange a free initial consultation to learn more about our practice and begin taking charge of your divorce, please contact us online or call our office at 813-374-2000. We look forward to answering your questions.