When should I contact a divorce attorney?by Jerome C. Williams, Jr. on 06/11/16
When Should I Contact a Divorce Attorney?
Many individuals wait too long before contacting a family law attorney to help them. If you and your spouse cannot agree on important issues surrounding your divorce, the sooner you get advice and guidance from legal counsel, the more likely you will obtain a positive result.
The following are a few examples of when it is imperative to contact your divorce attorney:
Your spouse has filed divorce papers
If your spouse has already retained a lawyer, filed divorce pleadings and had you served, she has been thinking about and planning for divorce for some time. Whether you are shocked or you expected it, the only way to catch-up and protect your rights is to contact us immediately. If you fail to timely respond to the divorce petition, it could result in a default judgment against you.
You’re the victim of domestic abuse
If your spouse is abusive, let us help you take legal action to get the protection you need. You should call the police if you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety. Once you and your children are in a safe place, we can explain your options including filing for divorce, obtaining a protection order, and/or a child custody action.
Moving with the children
If you or your spouse wants to relocate with your children, it can be a highly emotional and contentious matter. Whether you want to move or your spouse is trying to move, we can help you with the relocation process.
Modification of child support payments
If your income (or your ex-spouse’s income) undergoes a significant change and you can no longer afford your child support payments, we can help you seek a modification of the order.
Our office is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and we offer free consultations.