Is It Possible to Stop a Divorce?
The question of whether it is possible or not to stop a divorce is an interesting question, and as with most interesting questions, there is no one simple yes or no answer. If you’re facing the possibility of divorce, however, you do need an experienced Tampa divorce attorney on your side.
If Your Spouse Insists on Divorce, There Is Little You Can Do to Stop It
If your spouse is insistent upon divorce and carries through with all the requirements under Florida law, you won’t be able to legally stop the divorce from proceeding. What you can do, however, is vigorously defend your parental and financial rights by working closely with a dedicated divorce attorney throughout the legal process. Further, just because your spouse files for divorce does not mean that he or she will not change his or her mind, and there are wide-ranging resources out there that can facilitate this process, including marital therapy.
Additionally, the fact of divorce – and its significant consequences – sometimes sways a filing spouse to stop the divorce process. If, however, your spouse is dead set on moving forward with a divorce, it’s in your best interest to accept this reality and protect your rights.
Undoing a Divorce Once It Is Finalized
Occasionally, a divorce-instigating spouse or couple who mutually agrees to divorce will come to an epiphany once the divorce is finalized – and will want the divorce undone. This is not a possibility in the State of Florida. Once your divorce is finalized, you are divorced, and your divorce terms apply. Nothing, of course, stops you from returning to life as a married couple and remarrying if you so choose (there is no waiting period in Florida, but you may be required to attend a marriage preparation course). Understanding exactly how your remarriage will affect your recent divorce, however, is complicated and requires professional legal guidance.
Stopping a Florida Divorce
If you and your spouse decide to terminate the divorce process before it’s finalized, it’s a relatively simple process that includes the following steps:
- The spouse who filed for divorce must sign and file a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal. If the other spouse filed a countersuit, he or she must do the same.
- Copies of these notices must be provided to the other spouse, to both attorneys involved, and to the Clerk of Courts involved in your case.
Every divorce is as unique as the marriage it ends, and every divorcing couple follows their own unique path forward – usually culminating in divorce but not always.
Reach Out to an Experienced Tampa Divorce Attorney for the Legal Counsel You Need
Mark G. Rodriguez at the Law Office of Mark G. Rodriguez, P.A., is a dedicated Tampa divorce attorney of more than 30 years, and he is committed to helping you resolve your divorce case in a manner that works for you and that protects your parental and financial rights moving forward. Your case is too important to leave to chance, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 813-227-9642 for more information today.