Tampa Contested Divorce Attorneys
Tampa Divorce lawyers Since 1997
It is the hope and goal of all of us here at All Family Law Group that the parties will be able to resolve their differences amicably through an agreement and an uncontested final hearing. However, if the parties cannot settle the issues in their case, it will be heard by a family law judge who will decide the issues for them. In Hillsborough County, after the initial steps of the divorce process have been completed and the parties have attended a mandatory mediation, a final hearing in the case may be scheduled. A temporary relief hearing may need to be scheduled before the final hearing to resolve temporarily issues such as child support, visitation (timesharing), alimony, etc. A temporary relief hearing may be necessary if the final hearing or trial is scheduled several months down the road and immediate relief is necessary. Note that when a temporary relief hearing and a final hearing may be scheduled depends on which county in Florida the case is filed, as each county has varying rules of procedure. Click for information on the entire divorce procedure.
If you are looking for highly rated, experienced contested divorce lawyers, then look no further and contact All Family Law Group, P.A. to schedule a free consultation to discuss the options available in your Tampa area contested divorce case. We have vast experience in representing litigants with complicated, high net worth cases in temporary relief hearings and at trial. The skilled attorneys and legal staff at our law firm are dedicated to providing top notch and the best representation possible for our clients.
Temporary Relief Hearing:
- The party who is requesting the temporary relief is referred to as the moving party.
- He or she must file a motion with the court specifically requesting the temporary relief to be obtained and file a temporary relief hearing memorandum.
- If visitation or timesharing of the children is involved, then the moving party will have to specifically provide a parenting plan.
- Both the motion and the memorandum must be filed with the court and a copy must be provided to the opposing party, also known as the responding party.
- A hearing is scheduled consecutively with the motion being filed and a notice of hearing is sent to the responding party.
- The judge hears the testimony of the parties and receives evidence.
- A decision by the judge may be made the same day or in the weeks to come.
If the parties cannot resolve their differences and attending trial is necessary, then the parties must attend a pretrial conference. A pretrial conference may be avoided if the final hearing is short as in an hour or so.
- The parties must file and submit to the judge and the opposing party three days prior to the pretrial conference a memorandum which includes the issues remaining to be decided.
- At the Pretrial Conference the judge will complete a Pretrial Conference Order giving the parties essentially the rules and timelines as well as other information that apply to the trial and it will include the witness list.
- The trial date will be set at the pretrial conference for either a half day or full day or several days depending on the circumstances. Although the trial date may have been scheduled at the same time as the pretrial conference was scheduled.
- A court reporter should be scheduled to attend the trial as, if the decision will be appealed, it will necessary to have a transcript of the hearing.
- Evidence is provided to the judge and the parties at the trial by the parties and testimony by the parties and their witnesses is heard by the court. In family law there are no jury trials.
- The judge will sometimes ask that one of the attorney’s prepare a final judgment and send it to the judge in Word so that it can be revised, or in the alternative the judge will prepare the final judgment.
It is critical that you choose a Tampa contested divorce attorney and legal staff who are very competent in family law to represent you in your contested divorce case. The results of this trial will affect you for life and it is very important that it is done right the first time. We care about our clients and that caring is reflected in our representation and response to them.
Contact our Tampa Contested Divorce Attorneys
We have offices located in Tampa and throughout Tampa Bay. Contact our law firm, All Family Law Group, by email or call 813-672-1900 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and aggressive divorce lawyers for an initial review of the issues in your case. We look forward to hearing from you!