Answers to your FAQs

Frequently asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about divorce below. Our answers are designed to help you understand the divorce law and questions you might have about our process. The law and the individual circumstances of your case, may vary, and may affect the results in every case diffferently. For more information and to schedule your consultation, please click here to send us an E-mail.

Preparing for divorce, serving or being served

What should I be doing to prepare myself if served or is serving divorce papers?

Knowing your assets and liabilities is a start.
Make sure you have copies of financial statements (savings, checking, investments, or statements of other assets). Have copies of important documents, payroll records, insurance.

Determining your monthly expenses (household, children, auto, etc.)

Evidence of any issues that are significant to your divorce (domestic violence, child related issues, documents or other).

What do I do if I am served with a divorce petition?

If you are served with an original petition for divorce, you should immediately seek the advice of an attorney, if you do not already have one.

You only have (20) twenty days from the date you were served to file an answer to the Court, otherwise your Spouse may obtain a default judgment against you.

  • Seek legal advice
  • Book your consultation with West Family Law Group
  • Respond within 20 days

Retainer Fee

What is your retainer fee?

Our retainer fee is determined by the issues in the case, a contested versus uncontested matter. The fee will be discussed in your consultation.

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  • Determind by the issues
  • Contested or uncontested
  • Book your consultation with West Family Law Group.

Mediation

Mediation involves a neutral third party, who assists both sides to come to a resolution of the matter.

The Court requires the parties to mediate before having the matter be heard. If mediation is successful, the mediator or attorney, will draft an Agreement, the parties sign and it is filed with the Court. If this settles all matters, then a Final Judgment is entered at a final hearing. If mediation is not successful, then we set the matter before the Court.

  • Mediation involves a neutral third party
  • The court requires mediation
  • Call (407) 425-8878 for questions about Mediation

Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is a new approach to handling family law matters.

The method is that the attorneys for the parties agree to assist in resolving conflict using cooperative problem-solving strategies and without court proceedings.

An agreement is signed that states all parties agree to negotiate in good faith and if this attempts fails, the attorneys must withdraw from the case and the clients will have to hire new counsel.

  • Collaborative Law is a new approach
  • Cooperative problem-solving strategies without court

Settlement Conferences

What you should know about settlement conferences.

Should your case fail at mediation, settlement conferences between the parties and their attorneys will occur during the course of your case and if an agreement is reached, a Settlement Agreement is drafted, signed by the parties, filed with the court and a final hearing is scheduled.

  • If mediation fails
  • Settlement agreement gets filed
  • Final hearing is scheduled

Is Trial Necessary?

Is a trial necessary?

90% of cases that our firm represent, settle without a trial. This is accomplished in several ways and if the parities are reasonable, through (1) Mediation, (2) Collaborative Law or (3) a Settlement Agreement.

  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Settlement Agreement