On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Former Miami Dolphin football player Jason Taylor’s wife had secretly filed for divorce in Broward County back in 2015. He had promised to pay her $8.67 million as a lump-sum spousal support payment. Apparently, he never paid that amount so she recently sued him for $3.4 million in a Fort Lauderdale court. Taylor is also paying $4,000 in child support. The couple wanted to keep things private so they filed for a quick divorce. Katina’s attorney gathered evidence from different sources, including Bank of Florida, Bank United, Gibraltar Private Bank, National Bank of Florida, and many other financial institutions. It was meant to show him he had the funds to support her but he wasn’t willing to.
Jason and Katrina now own separate properties but in the same development. Their divorce case was filed only within two weeks in order to keep things private. It is very unusual seeing celebrities split this way. But everyone was surprised when Katina filed a lawsuit against Taylor in Fort Lauderdale. According to the lawsuit, Jason owed her $3.4 million in alimony. He had agreed to $8.67 million when their divorce was finalized. Apparently, he is willfully refusing to support her. She has tried to resolve the manner in a friendly way. Jason is also paying for child support, private schools, and health insurance.
The couple was married for 15 years. They got married back in 2000. Jason’s stepfather was not happy with the union and his family was forbidden to attend the wedding. They had filed for divorce back in 2006 but the marriage apparently survived. Katina then became president of Jason’s charitable group. But in 2015, the couple filed for divorce again and the settlement was accepted within a month.
Filing for divorce in Broward County
After filing for divorce, you give your soon-to-be former spouse a copy of the petition or the judge will deny the petition. In order to file this petition, one of the spouses must live in Florida for at least 6 months. If you are filing the petition, you have to file it in the country where your spouse resides. As long as the required paperwork is filed, you should have an answer within 20 days. Depending on your situation your divorce may be quick and cost-effective. Consulting with an experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney can make the process more amicable, especially if there are significant assets and minor children involved.
The only requirement for filing for divorce in Florida is saying you had irreconcilable differences. You don’t have to prove your former spouse was cheating on you or blame the failure of your relationship with anyone. However, negative circumstances such as drug abuse and a criminal history can affect child custody arrangements and in some cases, the judge may deny custody.
Experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney
Divorce can be difficult and the whole process very emotional. If you need professional advice on a family law matter, contact us today.