Divorce

A Dedicated Attorney Helping With All Issues Related To Divorce

Pursuing a divorce is never easy, even if you and your spouse agree that it is the right step. Ending a marriage requires decisions about property, assets and most importantly, you children.

At JerriLynn Hadley PLLC, my priority is helping clients in the Pensacola area, including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, go through a divorce with as little strife as possible. I have extensive knowledge of Florida divorce laws and more than 20 years of experience, allowing me to provide advice on a range of topics. I will answer your questions and address any of your concerns.

Striving For Fair Arrangements

I can offer you family law solutions for any issue of a divorce, such as:

  • Property distribution: Distributing property means who gets the home, vehicles, retirement accounts, savings and other assets. The courts look at many factors when they decide what you get to keep. These decisions will impact your future. It is important to have someone fighting for your future that understands the rules.
  • Debt distribution: Starting your new life with a huge debt can make the future a struggle. Each spouse may be accountable for debts made during the marriage. It is important to your future to have someone who understands your needs and knows the law representing you.
  • Child custody and parenting time: The court will issue an order regarding your child’s living arrangements and how much time you get to spend with them. I work to make sure you remain involved in your child’s life and that the order protects their best interests.
  • Child support: Whether you need to pay support or receive support, I can advocate for a fair arrangement that suits your finances and provides for your child.
  • Alimony: Alimony or spousal support is an important issue in many divorces. There are several types of support that the courts can consider. I will make sure you understand your options and together we will fight for what is right for you. Spousal support should not leave you strapped for cash.

When I represent you, my top concerns are achieving fair agreements and upholding the best interests of you and your kids.

How Does Florida Divide Assets?

Florida is what’s called an equitable property state. If you and your former spouse do not reach a private agreement regarding asset and debt division, a family law judge will make one for you. The court will divide all marital property in an equitable manner; not necessarily 50-50, but fair for each party. It will consider factors such as:

  • Your income and earning potential
  • Your contribution to the marriage
  • Your assets and debts
  • The length of your marriage
  • The sacrifices one spouse made for the other’s career

Because the court has such leeway when issuing an order, you need a lawyer on your side to advocate for you. I will assertively present your case before the judge to get the best chance possible of achieving a positive outcome.

What Is Separate Property? What Is Marital Property?

The state considers any assets that you acquire before your marriage your separate property. Property that you receive as a gift as an individual also counts as separate property, as do inheritances. The court may not divide separate property in a divorce. Any assets that you acquire after the marriage, however, counts as marital property. The court may divide it equitably between you and your spouse.

Trained In Family Law Mediation

Mediation is part of the divorce process. In most cases before a trial, the courts order the parties to go through mediation. This is usually better than putting the final decision in a judge’s hands. Mediation focuses on negotiation and is facilitated by a neutral mediator. Both parties come to the table with their attorneys and try to work out the details and settle their divorce. Mediation gives you the option of agreeing on a divorce settlement without the risk, expense and time of a trial. It puts the outcome back in your hands.

I have spent many hours in mediation training so I can help you reach the best agreement possible to settle your case at mediation. If mediation is unsuccessful and you need to go to trial to seek a fair outcome, I will not hesitate to litigate your case in court before a family law judge.

Get Help From An Attorney Skilled In Divorce Law

You deserve a divorce that has as little stress as possible. I can help you with that. When you are ready to schedule an initial consultation, contact my Pensacola office by calling 850-641-8959 or by using my online contact form.