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Our Family Helping Your Family Through Divorce

Divorce is a difficult time for all families. The goal of every divorce attorney at Waterhouse Law Firm is to bring our clients and their families through this process with a minimum of stress, and with the feeling that they have control over their divorce and their future. Everything about our Shalimar based family law firm is geared toward making the experience more comfortable for our clients as we work with them to achieve the best possible outcome for the dissolution of their marriage.

Understanding Florida Divorce Law

Florida is considered a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that neither party has to have committed a wrong for the divorce to be granted. What most people refer to as divorce is called “absolute divorce” in Florida. (This term distinguishes the complete dissolution of a marriage from “divorce from bed and board,” more commonly known as legal separation.)

In order to be granted an absolute divorce in most cases, the following criteria must be met:

  • One spouse has lived in Florida for at least six months;
  • The parties have lived separate and apart for one year;
  • The parties have lived apart because they want to end their marriage;
  • In certain narrow circumstances, Florida courts will also grant an absolute divorce on the grounds of incurable insanity, which requires the spouses to have lived separately for three years because one spouse was confined for purposes of medical treatment.

An absolute divorce in Florida completely dissolves the marriage but may not address such issues as property division, alimony, child custody, and child support. This is why having an experienced family law attorney is essential. Contrary to many people’s belief that all divorces go to trial, most Florida divorces are settled. At Waterhouse Law Firm, we work with our clients to determine whether litigation or alternative dispute resolution techniques such as Collaborative Family Law are the best means of resolving the issues in their divorce.

The Waterhouse Law Firm Approach to Divorce

At Waterhouse Law Firm, we recognize that divorce is not just a legal process, but an emotional and financial one, too. Divorce doesn’t just affect the couple, but their children and families as well. We know that there is a lot going on for our clients, and that each of their stories is unique. In order to give each of our clients what they need, we do things a little differently from most other firms.

We handle a broad spectrum of Florida divorce cases, from short-term marriages to complex cases with contested custody and multimillion dollar marital estates. However, we do not take every case that comes through our doors; we will only work with a client if we feel that we are a good fit for their needs. We deliberately keep our caseloads lower than those of other firms so that we can offer more personalized attention and better response times.

Because we know that people contemplating divorce have many questions, it is our policy that when prospective clients call in, they get to speak directly with a divorce attorney, not a paralegal or an assistant. All of our divorce attorneys coordinate their schedules to make this happen. At Waterhouse Law Firm, we also understand that divorce can make life feel out of control for our clients. We do everything we can to involve them in the process, educate them, and empower them to make the best decisions possible for their divorce and their family. While we strive to keep control in our clients’ hands, we remain by their side to offer support, guidance, and legal advice tailored to their situations.

If you are contemplating divorce, or have been served with a divorce complaint, we are ready to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you to make a plan for the future. The family law and divorce attorneys at Waterhouse Law Firm work with clients in OKaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Bay Counties. We look forward to serving you and your family. Contact Us for more information.

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Working with someone you trust is essential. At the Waterhouse Law firm, you can rest assured that we will handle your case with the level of detail and care we would give to our very own family.

  • Waterhouse Law firm, P.A.
    909 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 1011
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
  • 850.424.1651


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