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When you are involved in a Hernando County divorce or family law dispute, you need the experience of the Spring Hill, FL lawyers at Whittel & Melton to fight for what is equitable and in the best interest of both you and potentially your children and possibly extended family. Our Brooksville attorneys understand the law surrounding the Florida dissolution process. We have successfully represented both men and women in the divorce process. Our clients have been the initiating spouse, the spouse who received the dissolution petition and we have even been involved in divorce cases where the spouses agree to part ways and need the assistance of counsel to get through the legal process.
The Hernando County divorce lawyers at Whittel & Melton will help you identify the different options available to you under Florida law which both meet your needs and allow you the opportunity to achieve a result that will be protected by Florida law going forward.
If you are interested in initiating the divorce process, our firm will file a divorce petition at the Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville, Florida. Filing a petition for divorce or dissolution of marriage is the first step in the divorce process. The petition for divorce is basically a lawsuit filed in family court. After the lawsuit is served, your spouse will then have twenty (20) days to respond to the court and our law firm.
On the other hand, if your spouse starts the divorce process, contact our firm immediately so that we can file an appropriate answer and/or counter petition within twenty (20) days of the personal service date.
Often the Hernando County courts will set case management conferences within the first few months of the filing of the petition and answer to the divorce. The conference is an opportunity for the lawyers to address some preliminary concerns to the judge including any issues which may have been created by the many pleadings filed by the parties including a financial disclosure affidavit, any restraining order complications and the myriad of issues with respect to minor children including support and visitation concerns.
If the financial, asset and background discovery/investigation is completed and the parties are looking towards a conclusion in the matter, it has been the policy of the courts in Hernando County to have both sides attend a mediation conference prior to having a trial on the merits of the divorce and all of its collateral matters. Often divorces will reach a resolution at mediation.
When the parties cannot reach an agreement and a Hernando County Judge is forced to decide the outcome, it is required to have a trial. In Florida, divorce trials are not conducted in front of a jury, rather they are completed under the supervision of a judge who is the ultimate determiner of both fact and law. This is what is commonly referred to has a bench trial. The attorneys at Whittel & Melton have years of trial experience and will be thoroughly prepared, having researched the legal issues and investigated the factual contentions of each party. We will be ready to fight for what you deserve and would be honored to represent you should you be going through a divorce in Hernando County.
The Hernando County Divorce Attorneys at Whittel & Melton, LLC will focus on all Divorce issues including, but not limited to:
Permanent RESTRAINING ORDERS/ Temporary RESTRAINING ORDERS
MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT
Please visit our law firm at 11020 Northcliffe Blvd. Spring Hill, FL 34608 Our offices are generally open from 9:30 – 5:30, however weekend appointments, house or hospital time can be arranged. The office is located in the heart of Spring Hill, next to the Hess gas station in the Sherwood Plaza at the Southwest corner of the Northcliffe Blvd. and Mariner Blvd. intersection. See map.
Part of the successful representation of a Hernando County Divorce is a well-informed client. The Hernando County Divorce Lawyers at Whittel & Melton, LLC strongly encourage our clients to become as well informed as possible. As an example, in some Brooksville Divorces or Spring Hill Dissolutions of Marriage cases, Domestic Violence or other criminal activity is a part of the litigation, Hernando County Divorce Attorneys will use useful information that can be found on websites like Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, which is the main law enforcement agency in Hernando County, led by Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent. It also is sometimes the case that an arrest is made by the smaller Hernando County law enforcement agency, Brooksville Police Department.
Divorce clients can also follow court issues by accessing the Judges webpage at Hernando County Judicial Services. The Hernando County Courthouse is physically located at 20 N. Broad Street, Brooksville, Florida 34601. When a crime is committed or alleged to have been committed, the prosecuting agency is the Hernando County State Attorney, which also physically located in the same building as the courthouse in Brooksville, FL. Obviously, if people are taken into custody they will be found at the Hernando County Jail. The Hernando County Jail is located in Spring Hill, Florida at 16425 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34604 and can called at 352-799-7379.
Maybe the best tool in the Hernando County divorce litigation process is tracking the pleadings filed in you case with the Hernando County Clerk’s Office. The Hernando County Clerk’s Office is physically located in the courthouse in Brooksville. We certainly wouldn’t advise you trying to guess what should happen next or assuming something is happening by what you see, but sometimes after a consultation with your Hernando County divorce attorney, a client can check this site to see what it was the divorce attorney was speaking about.
Sometimes in a Hernando County Divorce or Hernando County Dissolution of Marriage case, different government issues may become involved. If so, taking a look at the websites for City of Brooksville or Hernando County Government could also be useful. From these websites, different Hernando County departments could also be found.
In some Hernando County divorce litigation, issues that could change your case might be that of a persons residency, or there ability to pay taxes, pay bills, or even whether or not they own a home or own a piece of land, or maybe a building etc. When these issues arise, the Hernando County Divorce Lawyers at Whittel & Melton, LLC will start our research by looking at Hernando County Property Appraiser or Hernando County Tax Collector. Of course in any Hernando County Divorce action, there is always more information to be had. Other sites that lend a hand on the above issues might be the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections, Hernando County Utility Department or even the Hernando County Health Department.
Serving all of Hernando County including Brooksville, Spring Hill, Weeki Wachee, Ridge Manor, Masaryktown, Nobleton, Aripeka, Brookridge, High Point, Timber Pines, Hernando Beach and Pine Island.