Archive: March 2020

March 30, 2020

Things A Family Lawyer Wishes People Knew About Divorce

As many people know, divorce isn’t typically a simple or cheap process. There are different routes spouses can take to make the process less expensive and difficult, but many people don’t know this. 

In fact, most people don’t know a lot about divorce or the divorce process, and why should they? If you have never been through a divorce process, it makes sense that you wouldn’t know much about the legal processes.

At Dorsey Law Firm, we wanted to share some tips, advice, and thoughts that most family lawyers and/or divorce lawyers are thinking and want their clients and future clients to know. We hope by sharing these tips, the divorce process can go more smoothly for you as you navigate these issues with your attorney, so he or she can serve you better. 

  • Your attorney isn’t your therapist – Some attorneys are willing to listen to their clients’ problems, but they are not equipped, trained, or educated with the proper skills to help you through your emotions during a divorce. An attorney is there to help you with financials, custody, assets, and other legal matters, but not emotions. Divorce can be hard and it’s best for you to talk to a therapist or friends and family. Plus, if you spend more time with your attorney venting your problems, your attorney bills will start to rack up! 
  • Do your best to be organized and prepared –  If you come prepared and organized with all paperwork and information, it will save your attorney time and you, money. You don’t want to pay your attorney to sort through paperwork unnecessarily. Try to put all your documents in chronological order, and even type up a summary of everything you’ve included. An attorney will be able to help you more, if you give him or her everything needed. 
  • Be honest– You need to give your attorney all the facts, or else they won’t be able to do their job properly. Try not to minimize, exaggerate, or be selective with what you share with the attorney. With all the facts, your attorney can work towards getting you the best results with no surprises for them or you along the way. Also, attorneys have heard it all, so don’t be worried about embarrassing yourself if the details are important to the case. The attorney isn’t judging you; they just need all information revealed to them.
  • Ask for clarity   Your attorney knows you’re not a legal expert or lawyer, so they do not expect you to know everything about the divorce process. If you’re lost or confused, speak up. Ask for clarification. You want to be on the same page as your attorney, or you won’t succeed. 
  • Speak up about what you want  – Let your attorney know what your goal is with this divorce; whether it’s to keep a certain asset or get full custody of your children. You want to “win” things in the cases that you truly want and can handle physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. 

Need a Divorce Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL?

This may be your first divorce, but it’s not ours.  By keeping the above tips in mind, the divorce process will go more smoothly for you. 

William J. Dorsey is a divorce attorney and understands each divorce case is unique. Getting through the divorce process isn’t easy, but it can be made a lot easier by working with a skilled attorney. 

As a Jacksonville divorce attorney,  with more than 35 years of experience in the state of Florida, Dorsey knows Florida divorce law and how to apply it to get his clients the best possible outcome, all while guiding them through the entire process. 

If you are considering divorce, our team would be happy to help you learn more about the divorce process in Florida.  By hiring a divorce attorney, you’re laying the groundwork for a better result, especially if your divorce is complicated. 

William J. Dorsey founded the Dorsey Law Firm in 1975 and has practiced family law and tried numerous trials throughout Florida in state and federal courts. 

 To request your in-person consultation at The Dorsey Law Firm’s Jacksonville Law Office or if you have any questions,  call 904-346-3883 or click our Jacksonville Divorce Attorney page for more information. 

March 25, 2020

Is Mediation Right For You?

What is a mediation? And, what is a divorce mediator? Mediation is a process where a third, neutral, party helps a couple negotiate and resolve issues regarding their divorce. The mediator helps guide the couple through the list of decisions required in a divorce and is seen as a less stressful and less aggressive way to go about it, especially if children are involved. 

The divorce mediator does not represent either party. Their main job is to help both parties reach agreements on divorce-related issues concerning finances, dividing assets, alimony, child support and custody, parenting plans and more. 

Mediation is more affordable than hiring a divorce lawyer to go to trial with you. Even if you hire a mediator who is a family law attorney, they cannot file paperwork on your behalf or provide you with legal advice. However, mediators can prepare documents for you and give you instructions on how to file the paperwork. 

If you want to go to trial, get legal advice, or need someone to file your paperwork, you must hire a family law/divorce attorney as an attorney and not as a mediator. Or, you can hire your own attorney on the side for legal advice and seek out another person as a mediator. With a mediator, all decisions are made outside of court. 

Although a mediator cannot give legal advice, they can give suggestions on how the couple can resolve issues. 

A mediation works best for couples who are on the same page with most decisions, did not come to fight, and who are willing to meet the other spouse halfway. If you are unable to talk amicably with your spouse, you may need to hire separate divorce attorneys and pass on mediation. 

At the Dorsey Law Firm, we attempt to negotiate settlements, but are willing to take a case to trial or appeal, if necessary.

Need a Divorce Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL?

The decision of whether you need a mediator or divorce attorney is up to you, as it is dependent on your financial situation, relationship with your partner, and whether or not you have children involved. 

William J. Dorsey is a divorce attorney and understands each divorce case is unique. Give us a call and we can help you determine if you need mediation or if your case needs to go to trial. 

As a Jacksonville divorce attorney,  with more than 35 years of experience in the state of Florida, Dorsey knows Florida divorce law and how to apply it to get his clients the best possible outcome. He guides his clients through the entire process. 

If you are considering divorce, our team would be happy to help you learn more about the divorce process in Florida.  By hiring a divorce attorney, you’re laying the groundwork for a better result, especially if your divorce is complicated. 

William J. Dorsey founded the Dorsey Law Firm in 1975 and has practiced family law and tried numerous trials throughout Florida in state and federal courts. 

 To request your in-person consultation at The Dorsey Law Firm’s Jacksonville Law Office or if you have any questions,  call 904-346-3883 or click our Jacksonville Divorce Attorney page for more information. 

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COVID-19 Update

 

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will remain open until further notice. As always, the well-being of our clients and staff remains our highest priority, therefore we have taken precautions recommended by global and local public health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

— We have encouraged our staff to practice social distancing by reducing physical contact with others to ensure we can continue to work for our clients.
— Requiring all client meetings and consultations to be conducted virtually.
— We are happy to have meetings with you via phone, online conferencing, as well as through email.
— Our team will continue to fulfill court obligations with the new methods required by the courts as they remain open telephonically.

 

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