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Your Divorce Advocates

Fort Myers Divorce Attorney

Serving Fl with 60+ years' combined Experience

No matter which way you slice it, divorce is difficult for both petitioner and respondent. At Your Advocates, we understand the sensitive issues divorce presents, such as costs, timing, and additional factors such as military involvement. You deserve to have seasoned, knowledgeable, and dedicated counsel to support you through each step.

Why Choose a Fort Myers Divorce Lawyer from Our Firm?

  • More than six decades of legal experience on your side
  • Work one-on-one with your attorney
  • Caring and tenacious legal counsel
  • A game plan that is tailored to your unique circumstances
  • Se habla Espanol!

Discuss your options with a divorce attorney in Fort Myers in a FREE consultation!
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Grounds for Divorce in Florida

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you don’t need to prove that your spouse is at fault before you can file. In the state of Florida, either spouse will be able to file for divorce in the simple case that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” That means that there is no chance for reconciliation and that the only solution is to split apart. The other ground for divorce is if one of the spouses is mentally incapacitated for a minimum of three years. Neither party has to prove that the other is to blame in order to divorce.

Contested & Uncontested Divorce

If you and your spouse both agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken, but you agree to important terms, you can file for divorce by signing a settlement agreement. This is called an uncontested divorce and is typically faster than one that is contested because there is no court trial.

For an uncontested divorce, both parties must agree to terms for the following:

  • Alimony
  • Child custody
  • Property division

The other type of divorce occurs when couples don't agree on the terms of their divorce. Sometimes, a judge may recommend that the conflicted couple go through mediation from a court-appointed source, a different type of uncontested divorce proceeding. Some couples simply cannot work together, however. In these instances, the couples will need to go to trial. This often extends the divorce process and is referred to as contested divorce.

Deciding the Terms in a Divorce

When you are going through a divorce, you will need to make decisions concerning:

  • Alimony / spousal support: Alimony is the payment given from one spouse to another during the divorce procedure, and spousal support involves fixed payments from one spouse to another after the marriage is terminated.
  • Child custody: Perhaps the most debated issue in divorce is who will get to care for the children. Parents can choose primary custody or shared custody plans and will then need to maintain the set schedule and care for their children as they have agreed to do in their petition. Parents often go to trial over this issue.
  • Child support: A non-custodial spouse may be required to pay a custodial spouse for the children's expenses, in order to maintain his or her duty as a parent.
  • Visitation: If one spouse is not going to be the custodial parent, he or she may be allowed visitation privileges with the children. A visitation schedule, including holidays, should be created as part of the divorce process.
  • Property division: When you decide to divorce, you will need to divide property in a fair and appropriate manner.

Hire a Client-Centered Divorce Attorney in Fort Myers

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, don't hesitate to hire a caring professional at Your Advocates to help. Our divorce attorney in Fort Myers, FL offer free consultation for all potential clients. You will work directly with an attorney who will be easily accessible and communicative throughout the process. Contact us if you wish to learn more.

Request a free consultation with a divorce lawyer in Fort Myers or call (239) 970-6844 today! We offer services in Spanish!

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • 65 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
  • El abogado habla español

Read What Our Past Clients
have to Say About Us:

  • She was polite, professional and easy to talk to.

    “I needed some quick legal advice and shopped around online in my area. I randomly stumbled upon the law offices of Jackson, Stevens and Ricciardi in Fort Myers, FL. I am glad I did, as it was a pleasure talking to Rita Jackson about my problem. She was pol”

    Joseph

  • They are not just lawyers, they are great people who do business the right way.

    “In my business, my food purveyors along with the other contractors I utilize drive my business and are the ingredients for my continued success. Their knowledge and education is key. Our attorneys, Rita Jackman and Adam Stevens, are essential to our contin”

    Shannon Yates, Nevermind LLC

  • He was friendly and very efficient.

    “We used Richard Ricciiardi about two years ago, and he charged us 500 for a revocable trust, and included durable POA and living wills for free. He was friendly and very efficient. Before writing this referral, I called his office to make sure he's still a”

    Debbie S.

  • ... proceeded with a brilliant plan to deal with our legal issue.

    “Adam Stevens was easy to speak with, he listened to our situation, carefully reviewed our documents and proceeded with a brilliant plan to deal with our legal issue. We would certainly recommend Mr. Stevens to anyone who needs solid, no nonsense, professio”

    Toni Latino

  • Adam Stevens is outstanding, a WINNER!

    “Adam Stevens is outstanding, a WINNER!”

    Marcia W.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More