Filing For Divorce? Get An Aggressive Advocate On Your Side

Filing for Divorce in Polk County?

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Choosing to end your marriage is no easy decision, but it is often the right decision for everyone involved. However, the divorce process can become emotionally charged and overwhelming. If you are ready to file for divorce, you need to speak with a caring and hard-hitting Bartow divorce lawyer such as myself.

I, Melissa A. Wilson, have been guiding countless couples through divorce for more than 20 years. Should you choose to hire me as your legal advocate to help you with your divorce, you can be confident that I will be the strong voice of reason you need to help you make smart and level-headed decisions.

I can help you file for the following kinds of divorces:

  • Contested Divorce - Couples cannot come to an amicable agreement on how to handle their divorce through mediations. These divorces need to be settled in family law court. Contested divorces tend to be emotionally draining, lengthy, and costly.
  • Uncontested Divorce - Couples can come to an amicable agreement about all major divorce matters. Their divorce can usually be settled through mediation, which is a cost-effective alternative to traditional divorce proceedings.

Filing for a same-sex divorce in Bartow, Lakeland, or surrounding areas of Polk County? I can recommend the strongest course of action. Call (863) 644-5566.

Grounds for Divorce in Florida

In order to file for divorce in Florida, you must first meet a residency requirement. The requirement states that you or your spouse must have been a resident of Florida for at least six months before you can file.

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you do not need to provide grounds for filing for divorce. Instead, you only need to testify that your marriage is irretrievably broken. With this type of divorce, you don’t need to prove that your spouse is at fault for the breakdown of your marriage.

A simplified divorce is an option for spouses that have minimal assets and don’t have children. This streamlined divorce allows for less time in court negotiations and less paperwork. The stipulations for a simplified divorce are:

  • No children under the age of 18 (adopted or biological)
  • The wife cannot be pregnant
  • One or both parties have lived in Florida for 6 months or more
  • Both parties have agreed on asset and debt division
  • Both parties agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken

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Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, I am always aggressive and determined to obtain the most favorable case outcome for my clients. I am relentless when it comes to safeguarding the rights of the individuals I represent, both inside and outside of the courtroom. My strong litigation skills and diligent approach has secured numerous successful outcomes for many of my past clients.

As your personal legal advocate, my mission is to lighten your load as much as possible so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones and on healing. To do this, I offer after-hour and emergency services for those who need to talk with me outside of normal business hours. I can also help you with other divorce-related matters such as child support, child custody, and division of marital property.

Get answers to divorce-related questions on my Frequently Asked Questions page.

Call a Polk County Divorce Attorney with 20+ Years of Proven Results

My firm has an established reputation for providing high-quality legal representation. You don't have to face the future without any legal guidance. I am here to help you get past this life-changing moment. We offer services in English and Spanish.

Please call me at (863) 644-5566 to discuss the details of your divorce, in person or over the phone, during a free case evaluation.