FAQ

You Have Questions – I Have Answers

From divorce to adoption, legal issues typically lead to many questions. At JerriLynn Hadley PLLC in Pensacola, I consider it an important part of my job to provide the answers. I want to ensure that you understand the law so you can make the best decisions for you and your family.

On this page, I have taken the time to answer some of the questions that my clients frequently ask me.

How long will my divorce take to finalize?

There is no easy way to predict how long a divorce will take. Some take a matter of weeks. Others may take years. A major factor is how you and your spouse work together and whether you can compromise on major issues. When you sit down with me in an initial consultation, I can give you a better idea of what to expect for your timeline.

What are the different methods for divorce?

There are three basic types of divorce:

  1. Traditional: Couples appear before a judge, who issues a decision regarding asset division, alimony and other issues.
  2. Mediation: Spouses work with a neutral mediator to reach mutually satisfactory compromises.
  3. Collaborative: Similar to mediation, spouses work together to address their issues and find solutions.

Every divorce is unique, and you should choose the method that suits you and your spouse best.

How does Florida divide property and assets?

Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means that courts divide all marital property equitably between spouses. Marital assets are any property or bank accounts acquired after the marriage, with the exception of inheritances and property protected by a prenuptial agreement. Judges do not necessarily divide assets 50-50. Instead, they sometimes award more assets to one spouse based on the duration of the marriage, income and earning potential.

What happens to military retirement pay after a divorce?

Military retirement pay counts as marital property. A service member’s spouse may receive up to 50% of the pension.

Who will get custody of the children?

Generally, Florida courts try to award equal time sharing whenever possible. However, there are some instances where one parent may have majority time sharing with the kids. For example, if one parent was the primary caregiver for the children during the marriage. Circumstances that involve abuse, neglect, addiction or serious mental illness may even lead to the termination of parental rights.

More Questions? Get Answers In A Free Consultation.

These are only a few of the queries I hear every day. You can contact me to schedule a free, confidential consultation where we can talk in detail about your questions and concerns. To make your appointment, call my office at 850-641-8959 or use my online contact form.