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No Family is Ever the Same

No family or relationship is the same, therefore no two divorces are ever exactly the same.  However, every divorce will affect all members of the family, and each will experience a significant transition during and after the divorce is finalized.  No matter what option or process you choose, all divorces are finalized with a Final Judgment signed by a judge.  There are several options to choose from when divorce is inevitable, and we can help you consider which is best for you.

  • Do it Yourself
    • You can undergo the process of divorce by yourself, as an attorney is not required to get a divorce. We do not recommend this, as you do not know what you do not know.
  • Mediation
    • If you and your spouse believe you can quickly and amicably settle your differences, with or without an attorney, mediation with an impartial and neutral Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator is recommended so that a settlement agreement and often times a parenting plan can be reached and signed.
  • Uncontested Divorce
    • If you and your spouse can resolve all the necessary terms for a divorce by agreement, a written agreement can be accomplished, and the court can divorce you without litigation in an uncontested divorce. Sometimes, even without a physical appearance in court.
  • The Collaborative Process
    • If you and your spouse want to try to attempt an amicable and respectful approach to divorce while keeping all the finances and terms of the divorce confidential and out of the public eye, using the collaborative process for divorce is an option. Choosing the collaborative process keeps the decision-making power outside the realm of the courtroom, empowering you to be part of the decision-making process.
  • Litigation / Contested Process
    • Filing a petition with the court asking for a divorce and proceeding as most people are aware of is a litigious process, every document is public record for all to see and read, information is exchanged in both a mandatory manner as well as by subpoena, and the judges are the decisions makers of the process.

Why Our Clients Recommend Us

Our Commitment and Expertise

Things move fast in Miami  — Especially when it concerns family. When new information comes in at the last minute, you don’t want your case to be held up because you can’t get a hold of your lawyer. That’s why the team at Costa & Associates is so accessible. Our 20+ years of experience makes us the ideal firm to turn to for assistance with your family law matters, including divorce, name changes, paternity, adoption, last will & testaments, and prenuptial & postnuptial agreements.

At Costa & Associates, we are committed to providing you with the full strength of our impressive experience in pursuit of your case’s best possible resolution. We have more than twenty-five years of experience helping clients successfully resolve their marital and family law concerns, and we address each case at the individual level. The marital or family law matters you face are unique to you and your situation, and we adopt an individualized approach that honors your goals and that advocates for your rights.

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