Divorce Attorneys Serving Sarasota, FL
When you’re going through a divorce, there’s usually a lot on your mind, and there’s certainly a lot to resolve. At Sessums Law Group, P.A., we know we can’t help with everything on your mind and heart—as much as we wish we could. What we can do is give you experienced and thoughtful guidance on all that must be resolved in the settlement. Our team of Sarasota divorce lawyers is led by our Florida Bar board-certified founder, Attorney Mark A. Sessums. He is backed up by a dedicated team of attorneys, who are supported by diligent legal staff.
The Grounds for Divorce in Florida
Florida is a no-fault divorce state, meaning the spouses do not have to prove misconduct on the part of the other. If there are issues that include infidelity, addictions, neglect, or domestic violence, that may have an impact on different aspects of the settlement, but it need not be cited as a reason for the divorce itself. To file for divorce, it is only necessary that one spouse have resided in the state of Florida for at least six months.
3 Types of Divorce
How long the divorce process takes will depend on the unique circumstances of your specific case. A simplified divorce is the quickest, and it can be sought when the spouses are in agreement on how their assets and liabilities will be divided, that no further financial disclosure is necessary, that they give up their rights to a trial, and that both appear in-person at the final hearing.
However, if children are involved, a simplified divorce is not an option. The same applies if either spouse intends to seek spousal support (alimony) payments. Even if the couples agree, they cannot use the simplified divorce process to formally resolve these issues.
That leads us to the other two options, which are a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce. As the names of each suggest, the difference resolves around the level of conflict between the spouses and how it gets resolved.
In an uncontested divorce, all relevant issues are settled in negotiation—perhaps with the help of a mediator or an arbitrator. A court then signs off on what the spouses have agreed to. In a contested divorce, the issues involved are decided directly by a Florida family law judge.
$6,000,000.00 Recovery Fraud Civil Action
Sessums Law Group, P.A. successfully recovered $6,000,000.00 for a client in a fraud civil action. Prior to the client’s divorce, the client negotiated and executed an agreement with his wife’s boyfriend that sought that the boyfriend would have no contact with the client’s wife.
$2,740,000.00 Wrongful Death Hit/Run of Motorcyclist
Representation of the plaintiff hit from behind on his motorcycle by a driver who was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident. Sued the defendant; the bar that the defendant had been drinking and the defendant’s employer.
$1,929,000.00 Verdict Real Estate Deficiency
Representation of estate in real estate deficiency claim resulting in joint and several liability verdict against various doctors and chiropractors.
$1,000,000.00 Settlement Collision
Representation of estate in an automobile and tractor trailer collision that resulted in multiple deaths.
Confidential Settlement Amount Medical Malpractice
Client was burned with a hot pack after delivering her son via Cesarean section.
Confidential Settlement Amount Nursing Home Negligence
Representation of the Personal Representative of the Estate of the patient who died due to negligent care while in the care of the nursing home.
Confidential Settlement Amount Trolley Accident
Representation of passengers who were enjoying a sight- seeing tour aboard a trolley when the trolley was hit by a bus. The passengers suffered soft tissue injuries.
Confidential Settlement Amount Hit & Run
Sessums Law Group was recently successful in settling a case for a hard working Polk County man whose hit and run accident resulted in a need for a knee replacement. The defendant argued that our client had caused the accident. We were able to prove through expert accident reconstruction testimony that the accident happened as our client testified despite the minimal damage involved.
Confidential Settlement Stolen Property
Client’s vehicle was burglarized and her engagement and wedding rings stolen. The perpetrator pawned the stolen items to a local pawn shop. The pawn shop ignored the hold order from the police department and sold the engagement and wedding rings. After suit filed for the Plaintiff, a confidential settlement was reached with the pawn shop for the value to our client of her stolen rings.
"Our firm believes in the integrity of the needs of the each client we represent. We are passionate about obtaining the maximum results allowable under the law for each client."
- Mark A. Sessums