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Working your way through a divorce is often a complicated and difficult process. The Law Office of Philip A. McLeod, P.A., is here to take that burden off you. We have been helping clients throughout Florida for more than 40 years. We listen to each client with the care and compassion they deserve. We will listen to your situation and help you come up with the best possible solution. No two cases are the same, and we are here to help you from beginning to end.
There are no set means of initiating any divorce. In some instances, you may just file a petition for dissolution of marriage, have the other party served (handed the papers) by a sheriff or private process server and then they are required within 20 days to take some action with a written filing, motion or pleading in the court system.
If they do not, then we may default them, which in some instances means they cannot defend their case. However, in dissolution cases, the court is more inclined to permit some testimony at trial from a defaulted party. Sometimes, you may wish to mail the petition and a marital settlement agreement (MSA) to them. They can then respond to it or sign an acceptance of service, thus avoiding being served, which can come at an awkward or inconvenient time. We cannot control when they receive the papers.
No matter where you’re at in the process, it’s important to get proper legal guidance. We are here to answer all of your questions and help you move forward. To discuss your case, contact our office in St. Petersburg at 727-823-2527. You can also fill out our contact form.