31 Years of Experience Representing Spouses in Lee County, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres
Divorce can be an emotional time, which is why our firm can be an invaluable resource through the entire process.
Attorney John D. Mills, P.A. will be the dispassionate advocate you need who will look only at the facts in your case in an effort to get you a fair settlement based on Florida law.
He has over three decades of experience handling cases related to equitable distribution of property, alimony, and child custody and support, as well as those involving domestic violence.
As a result, you can trust that our firm is equipped to handle your divorce and all the disputes that may arise within it.
Call us at (239) 347-9932 to get more support.
Spouses interested in filing for divorce in Lee County, FL can pursue no-fault divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakdown of their marriage.
The divorce process begins with the initial Petition for Dissolution, where the petitioning individual should address the divorce issues they seek to settle, including child custody, alimony, and property division.
Spouses who mutually agree to an uncontested divorce and all its terms (that is, they agree on how the property will be divided, do not seek alimony, and do not have any minor children) may file a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage Petition, which is a quicker process than traditional.
Spouses can also settle any issues in a settlement agreement with the help of their attorneys, which will be submitted to the court for final approval.
Who Gets Custody of the Children?
The question of child custody is commonly brought up during a divorce. In most cases, the law assumes that both parents will play a role in their child's upbringing as it is in their best interests. However, if a parent has been charged or convicted with domestic violence or may otherwise present a danger to the child, their parental rights may be modified.
Our legal team at the Law Office of John D. Mills, P.A. will do our best to help you negotiate the custody arrangement in your and your child’s best interests, whether that be sole custody or shared custody.
Visit our Child Custody page to learn more specifics.
Who Can Receive Alimony?
Alimony is often paid by the higher earning spouse to the lower earning spouse when the marriage is dissolved. To determine the alimony award, a judge will look at a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the supported spouse’s ability to find work after the marriage, and whether or not they made any concessions during the marriage that limited their ability to make money (e.g., gave up their career to care for the minor children).
Note that while Florida recognizes no-fault divorces, divorcing spouses may cite fault-based grounds like adultery for the purposes of requesting alimony.
How Will Property Be Divided?
When it comes to property division, Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means that marital assets are divided in an equitable manner but not necessarily 50/50.
For instance, if you are raising the child, you may be entitled to the marital home.
Or, if you made more than your spouse in the marriage, you may be solely responsible for paying off joint credit card debt. Property division is one of the lengthiest matters of negotiation in an uncontested divorce, as it addresses every important asset held in the marriage.
It is best to consult an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate the property distribution process, especially to make sure your spousal and property rights are being protected.
John D. MillsAttorneyI'm John D. Mills, and I am dedicated to aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for my clients - inside and outside of court.
Monica S. AdkinsLegal AssistantMonica Skinner Adkins is a 5th generation Lee County residence. She was born and raised in Fort Myers and graduated from North Fort Myers High School and attended Edison Community College for two years.
Sheryl A. RiebenackParalegalSheryl A. Riebenack, a Florida Registered Paralegal, has worked with the firm since 2010. She has over 40 years of experience in marital & family law. She serves our clients with compassion and respect.
If you are facing a divorce, do not hesitate to reach out to our family law team at the Law Office of John D. Mills, P.A. for legal assistance.
From filing for annulment to helping you negotiate issues like child custody and property division, our firm can guide you through every step of the process.
Attorney John D. Mills, P.A. has been representing Lee County spouses for years and can help you, too.
Contact us to schedule a consultation with our lawyers or call (239) 347-9932 to discuss your case in more detail.
We can effectively defend your rights and fight for your best interests at each stage of the legal process.