Clearwater Divorce Attorney
Compassionate guidance through divorce and family law matters
The Law Offices of Gale H. Moore is a Pinellas County family law practice focused on guiding clients through divorce and related matters, such as child custody, alimony, and property division. We also handle modifications, enforcement orders, and paternity cases. For those with significant assets or conflict, we possess the expertise and resources to handle even the most complex family law litigation.
"My practice is dedicated to providing advice that gives you greater confidence in your decisions." — Gale H. Moore
When you face the life-changing decisions that come with a divorce, it is critical to have the support of a Clearwater divorce attorney who takes the time to understand your unique needs and goals. At the Law Offices of Gale H. Moore, we are fully committed to offering each of our clients:
- Thorough and clearly stated explanations of your options
- Practical solutions to difficult and complex issues
- Compassionate support and personal attention
- Prompt responses to individual needs and inquiries
- Skilled representation in litigation, negotiation, and mediation proceedings
We realize that your profession and your place in life will affect your divorce, and we will take the time to properly handle your unique issues and concerns. Our office has significant experience representing medical professionals in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, and also handles military divorces for service members stationed at MacDill Air Force Base and Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. When cases involve high net worth and complex property matters, we know how to help clients receive fair treatment regarding personal assets upon divorce.
Experienced Clearwater divorce attorney prepared to handle high-conflict cases
We understand how to protect our clients’ rights and interests when issues are disputed and cases become contentious. Sometimes trial is necessary in high-conflict cases; alternatively, mediation may be used to work through the animosity and achieve a satisfactory resolution. Attorney Gale H. Moore has practiced family law in Florida for more than 20 years, and is board-certified in Marital and Family Law. Ms. Moore is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate family law cases and serves as Guardian Ad Litem in high conflict divorce cases in Pinellas County. No matter the complexity of your case, we are prepared to work toward your desired outcome, while maintaining absolute professionalism and integrity.
Florida Divorce FAQs
The Law Offices of Gale H. Moore is committed to providing exceptional divorce representation to clients in the Clearwater-St. Pete area. Here, we answer some questions people often ask at the onset of the divorce process.
How long does the divorce process take?
Florida law only requires a judge to wait 20 days from the time a divorce petition is filed to grant a divorce, and even this waiting period may be waived. This means that the length of time it takes to get divorced in Florida depends largely on whether your divorce is contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce can take as little as a few weeks, but if the court must decide any issues, such as custody, parenting time, child support or spousal support, a divorce can take six months or longer. If the circuit court is extremely busy, this can also extend the time it takes to get a divorce.
How much does divorce cost?
Attorney’s fees can vary widely, ranging anywhere from several hundred to thousands of dollars depending on the extent of negotiations and whether you go to trial. However, avoiding trial does not necessarily mean less attorney’s fees. You may spend more on attorneys’ fees in an uncontested case if you spend months arguing over the terms of an agreement than if you went directly to trial without a lot of negotiation. Your lawyer can help you determine your best course of action.
Apart from attorney’s fees, out-of-pocket costs generally include things like filing fees, process server’s fees, depositions, experts’ fees, photocopying, and phone calls. The attorney you hire should give you a rough estimate of expected total fees and costs at your initial meeting, but this estimate can change as your divorce moves forward.
Do I have to hire an attorney to obtain a divorce?
While legal representation is not required to obtain a divorce, hiring an attorney can greatly facilitate the process and ensure your rights and interests are protected. The laws in Florida concerning custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, division of marital assets and debts, and other critical issues are very complex. Attempting to proceed without obtaining legal advice is extremely hazardous and oftentimes will only lead to delays and difficulties.
It is especially important to consult with a divorce attorney if you have children, own real estate, have a disparity in income, brought significant assets into the marriage, have a disability or health issues, have incurred substantial debt, or have been married for more than a couple years. Divorce is generally not a time to cut costs, as money that you may think you are saving now could cost you a great deal more in the future.
How can I learn more?
If you are considering divorce and you live in the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area, contact the Law Offices of Gale H. Moore to schedule a consultation. We will explain your legal options, so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family.
Contact the Law Offices of Gale H. Moore
If you are considering divorce or have another family law concern, contact the Law Offices of Gale H. Moore today to schedule a consultation. Skilled and experienced representation from a Clearwater divorce attorney is your best means to protect your interests and secure your future.