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When You Get Served Divorce Papers Instead of Valentine’s Chocolates

There are good surprises… and then there are bad surprises. Getting served divorce papers seemingly out of the blue? Definitely a bad surprise.

An unexpected divorce can leave you reeling. It’s like being on an emotional roller coaster of twists, turns and steep drop-offs. Processing a difficult event like this takes time, but even knowing where to start when the bottom has completely dropped out from underneath you can feel like an insurmountable challenge. 

Where to Turn for Help

While the shock of receiving divorce papers will admittedly hurt, you can’t let it paralyze you into inaction.

In Florida you have just 20 days to respond to a divorce petition. Failing to do so could result in a default divorce request by your spouse. That is definitely not something you want. 

The good news is that no one has the upper hand when it comes to filing first for divorce in Florida. This means that just because your spouse dropped the divorce bomb on you, it doesn’t give them any advantage in court.

If you find yourself on the verge of divorce, however, contact us at the Vasquez de Lara Law Group right away. Seeking experienced legal representation is imperative to getting the fair and just outcome you deserve in your divorce case.

Next, take a deep breath. Then schedule a meeting with a financial planner to shore up your finances and begin making a plan for the future. Divorce itself is costly, and your life after the split could look quite different in terms of your financial resources. It’s important to start preparing as soon as possible.

Here For You

Divorce is a scary time full of uncertainty, but by taking action – even when you are responding to a surprise situation – you can be left feeling empowered and in control. 

Our team is here to help ensure that your rights are protected, and that your future will be bright. Get in touch with us at the Vasquez de Lara Law Group to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your specific situation.

Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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