33 Years of Experience in Divorce Law
Are you considering divorce?
Whether it's just an idea or you and your spouse have agreed to part ways, John D. Mills Attorney at Law wants to help you through this time.
Divorce can be an emotional time, which is why our firm can be an invaluable resource. Our attorneys will be the dispassionate advocates 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. We will work hard to protect your rights and start your new life as soon as possible.
Our Divorce Law Firm Is Ready to Assist You
Attorney John D. Mills has over three decades of experience handling cases related to:
- Equitable distribution of property
- Child custody and support
- Domestic violence
It is not enough to settle in general on these items. First, all parties involved must work out all the detailed terms. If they can’t, the judge decides these issues following a period of litigation where both parties gather evidence, depose witnesses, and argue the case to the judge through motions and hearings.
With experience in high-powered civil litigation in Florida state and federal courts, Attorney Mills and his team at John D. Mills Attorney at Law can thoroughly represent your claims in all of the above points no matter how difficult. We will fight hard to expedite legal family proceedings.
Our goal is to settle your petition as smoothly and efficiently as possible, always protecting your legal rights and best interests.
Call us at (239) 347-9932 to get more support from a divorce attorney in Fort Myers. We serve clients in Lee County, Cape Coral & Lehigh Acres.
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.
Dissolution of Marriage in Lee County, Florida
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce
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
- Any concessions made during the marriage that limited either spouse's 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. MillsManaging AttorneyI'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. AdkinsOffice ManagerMonica 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.
Kimberly A. Chaps-MillsDirector of MarketingKimberly Ann Chaps-Mills relocated from West Bloomfield, Michigan in 2006 to Lee County, Florida. Kimberly has worked in the real estate legal arena, development, marketing, and sales since her arrival. She is a proud mother of two grown sons and an ...
Our Fort Myers divorce lawyers offer aggressive litigation or alternative altercation resolutions for a wide variety of family law matters. We are devoted to providing the high-quality professional legal services that our clients’ cases demand.
If you are facing a divorce, do not hesitate to reach out to our divorce attorney team at the Law Office of John D. Mills, P.A. for legal assistance. From filing for annulment to helping you negotiate issues like custody and property division, our firm can guide you through every step of the process.
Attorney Mills has been representing Lee County spouses for years and can help you, too.
Contact us online to schedule a consultation with our divorce attorneys or call (239) 347-9932 to learn more about dissolution of marriage in Lee County, Florida.
We can effectively defend your rights and fight for your best interests at each stage of the legal process.