When it comes to matters of divorce, few things in life can be more stressful. Divorce proceedings can, of course, go quite smoothly when both parties are able to sit down and have a civil discussion about how to split up assets and separate amicably. The unfortunate reality is that many couples file for divorce while still in the midst of significant marital strife, which can bring divorce proceedings to a grinding halt. That's why it can be extremely beneficial to have an experienced divorce attorney on your side to help facilitate the process from start to finish, while still protecting your assets and interests throughout every phase of the divorce. Having that kind of representation can not only help simplify the process, but it can also help you avoid the many pitfalls and setbacks that many individuals run into without adequate legal counsel.

That's a big reason why I started my own firm, Venessa Bornost, P.A., so that I could work with clients across the Tampa Bay area to provide assistance with all matters related to divorce. Over the years I've worked extensively inside and outside the courtroom, to provide effective legal solutions that meet the various needs of my clients. Whether you're facing an uncontested divorce, a simplified dissolution, or complex property division, I have the knowledge and experience you need to help you overcome any challenges brought on by the other side.



What are the legal grounds for divorce in Florida?

Before you file for divorce, it's important to understand what legal grounds the state recognizes for divorce, so that you can know how to proceed. The simplest legal ground for divorce is that your spouse is found to be mentally incapacitated for at least three years. Considering that most divorces are not filed under this circumstance, you're left with filing for divorce under the grounds that your marriage is irretrievably broken.

If you wish to seek a divorce under the grounds that your marriage is irretrievably broken, your spouse will have 20 days to file a response to the dissolution of marriage after being served. If they choose to disagree with the terms of the dissolution, a court date will be set and you will be forced to seek a contested dissolution. If they choose not to contest the dissolution of marriage, a final hearing will be scheduled to begin the process of separating assets and finalizing your divorce.

How does Florida deal with property division?

Florida is considered an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital assets and debts are to be distributed in a fair and equitable manner whenever possible. Typically the court will take things like child support, time-sharing, and alimony awards into consideration when deciding how to divide the property and debts. Generally speaking, when the court is deciding how to divide the assets, they will take into account a variety of factors that include but are not limited to the following:

  • The economic circumstances of both parties.

  • The length of the marriage.

  • The contribution to the marriage by each spouse, including any contributions to the care and education of any children.

  • The disruption of personal careers or educational opportunities for both parties.

  • The contribution of each party to the acquisition, enhancement, and production of income.

  • The desirability of retaining the marital home as a residence for any dependent child of the marriage, or any other party.

  • The intentional dissipation, waste, depletion, or destruction of marital assets after filing for divorce, or two years prior to the filing of the divorce.

Don't Wait. Put my experience in your corner.

At the end of the day, divorce proceedings can become infinitely more complex without adequate legal counsel and representation. I try to remind all of my clients that as difficult as divorce proceedings can be, they truly don't have to be. I can help protect what's important to you while walking you through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible. If you or someone you know is facing a difficult divorce, call my office today to find out how I've helped countless others just like you.


Few things in life can be as stressful as a difficult divorce. Having an experienced divorce attorney at your side can make the entire process much smoother, and ensure your interests are protected. Venessa Bornost, P.A. has been working with clients across the Tampa Bay area to provide the best in legal counsel and representation for all divorce matters. Call for a simple consultation today.