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Knowledgeable and Caring Divorce Attorney Offers Guidance in Sarasota

Client-centered services reduce anxiety and deliver value

If you need to get a divorce in Florida, where the legal term is “dissolution of marriage,” you have many options. But, whatever your circumstances, Tia E. Jensen, P.A. provides divorce representation that is responsive to your needs and concerns. Drawing on more than 20 years of litigation and family law experience, I protect my clients’ rights through every step of the court process. However, as a trained mediator and collaborative divorce attorney, I am also equipped to guide you through a cooperative process, saving you time, expense and turmoil. I also maintain low rates to help ensure quality legal service is accessible to those who need it.

Choosing the divorce services and process that fit your circumstances

The unique aspect of my divorce practice is my flexibility in offering services to my clients. I don’t charge a retainer, so if you only want a limited amount of assistance filling out divorce papers, you can pay a low flat rate for the hours I work. If you want an attorney’s assistance throughout the process, you still have choices:

  • Contested divorce — If you and your spouse are unable to come to agreement, you must litigate the unresolved issues before a judge who issues a ruling.
  • Mediation — Before proceeding to trial, couples must attempt to resolve issues in mediation by meeting with a neutral third party who guides them toward a mutually beneficial compromise.
  • Collaborative divorce — In collaborative divorce, couples pledge not to litigate their case, but to work cooperatively until all their issues are resolved.

When we meet for your free consultation, we can discuss your full range of options and you can decide which process is best suited to your circumstances.

The basics of divorce in Florida

To be eligible to divorce in Florida, there are two basic requirements:

  • Either you or your spouse must have been a continuous resident in the state for at least six months.
  • At least one spouse must attest that the marital relationship is “irretrievably broken.”

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, so the law does not require proof of marital misconduct, such as adultery, abuse or abandonment as a prerequisite to divorce. However, those grounds could be considered for alimony and child custody. Florida law requires divorcing couples to resolve issues of alimony, property division, child custody and child support, or to put those issues to a judge.

Important steps to take before your divorce

Before you consult with an attorney, take the time to organize materials that will help your lawyer understand your specific circumstances.

  • Copy all the current financial information of your household. “Current” means at least most recent to a year.
  • Understand and write down your family budget and the budget you project you will have living apart from your spouse. If your spouse carries your health insurance and/or car insurance, get quotes of what your own insurances will cost because most insurance companies will not allow your spouse to claim you after the divorce.
  • Take pictures and/or videos and itemize the furniture, furnishings and other items in your household and storage.

It’s also important to cultivate a mindset of patience with your attorney and the process. I understand you’re anxious to put the past behind you, but the court process is slow. Alternative divorce processes can save you time, but even there it’s important to proceed carefully and avoid mistakes that can be made in haste.

Contact a nontraditional divorce lawyer serving Sarasota

Tia E. Jensen, P.A. provides client-centered, cost-effective divorce services with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolution. To learn how you can dissolve your marriage in a timely manner with less stress and expense, schedule a free consultation. Call today at 941-330-9600 or contact my Sarasota office online. My office is conveniently located in the Ringling Professional Center, 2831 Ringling Blvd.