Ledezma Family Law Firm

Divorce Process Law Firm In South Florida

injunctions Wellington AttorneyDissolution proceedings are initiated when a spouse files a petition for dissolution. For this to occur ONLY one party must be a resident of the state. The petition must be properly served on the other spouse with a summons. Upon receipt of the petition the respondent (spouse who did not file) must file either an answer or counter-petition within 20 days after being served with the petition.

Once the divorce proceedings are underway both parties can elect to participate in discovery. Florida has a statutory mandatory disclosure requirement whereby required documents such as financial affidavits, tax returns and bank statements will be exchanged within 45 days from the initial pleading (serving of petition) on the respondent.

During this period, motions for temporary relief on matters such as child support, alimony, and attorneys fees can occur. Typically four of five months in the divorce proceedings, the Judge will order that mediation should take place. At mediation, an agreed upon mediator will be used to attempt to work out all the issues in the divorce. The issues to be decided at mediation include but are not limited to division of marital property/liabilities, parental responsibility, child support, alimony and even attorney’s fees.

If an agreement is not reached at mediation then the case is set for a trial in front of the Judge. Before the trial, depositions can take place and motions filed. At the trial, witnesses can testify and documents can be admitted into evidence. At the conclusion of the trial the Judge will decide all the issues.


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  • Very Capable Trial Attorney

    Renier or "Ray" as he calls himself represented me for a DUI in Palm Beach County and at first I was not thrilled about the idea of going to trial. However, Ray made me feel comfortable and explained the pros and cons of having a trial. We had the trial and he got me a NOT GUILTY. I was very happy but glad that the process was finally over. He could have kept me a bit more informed regarding the discussions he had with the state attorney about my case. Overall though, I would definitely recommend him to someone.

  • Renier got me a great resolution to my case.

    I retained Mr. Ledezma for my DUI case about a month ago. It was my second DUI arrest in a few years. Renier did a great job and explained the process to me and did not make promises he could not keep. There was a chance I would not get another reckless so my expectations were kept at a reasonable level. However, he found some weaknesses in the case and ended up getting me a reckless instead of a DUI conviction. I was impressed with Mr. Ledezma because he was very straightforward and showed that he cared. I would definitely recommend him because he is sincere in his efforts and cares about his clients.

  • Very aggressive and cared about getting the nest result.

    I fell down at Walmart about a year ago and hurt my back. I received medical treatment and brought it to Walmart's attention. However, when Walmart received my letter and medical records they said they were not responsible. My friend retained Renier for his personal injury matter and recommended him. When I spoke to Renier he was very helpful and explained the process to me. He didn't make any promises besides he would work very hard to get me a good settlement. He filed a demand letter and negotiated with Walmart for over 6 months when he eventually got me a great settlement. He was great because I was able to call him for questions even on the weekends. I could tell he cared about making me happy and getting me a great result. I highly recommend him to anyone else in my position.

  • Great Attorney and cares about his clients.

    Mr. Ledezma assisted me with my battery case and fought hard for me. He did not recommend accepting the first offer and it turned out he was correct. I ended up getting a much better deal which minimized the costs associated with my plea agreement and long-term consequences. More importantly, Mr. Ledezma by his actions really showed he cared and made me feel like I was more then just another client. A great experience and I would highly recommend him for anyone.

  • An excellent, reliable, knowledgeable, considerate, hard working attorney. I would never, ever use another attorney.

    It is rare in this day and age to find an attorney that is dignified, caring and kept me up to date the entire time. He exceeded my expectations, which are quite high. Ray did not miss a beat in any part of the client/attorney relationship. If you need an attorney, this is the attorney you should choose. You will not be disappointed.

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