What Happens When One Spouse Contests the Divorce?


Chad Johnson, wide receiver who played for several NFL teams, is a free agent—professionally and personally. Evelyn Lozado got the divorce she wanted and the Miami Dolphins withdrew their offer of a roster spot. The 34-year-old football player is also on probation for the domestic assault that ended his six-week marriage to the reality TV star.

VH1 was planning to air a show about the glamorous wedding, but that too has been cancelled. Less than a month after the event, Johnson allegedly head-butted Lozado, sending her to the hospital. Three days later, she filed divorce papers in Florida. Proceedings hit a snag when Johnson refused to sign. As evidence of his love for Lozado, he tattooed her face on his leg.

Desperate tattoos notwithstanding, Florida divorce law has procedures for a contested divorce when one party disagrees that there are irreconcilable differences. The family court judge can:

  • Order counseling
  • Order a three-month waiting period
  • Make a ruling in the best interest of the parties

Most judges grant a divorce even when one spouse disagrees — especially in a case involving domestic violence.

The Byrd Law Firm has helped many clients get through the emotional, financial, and legal aspects of a contested divorce and negotiate a fair and just outcome. Before you make decisions about child custody, spousal support and division of assets, speak with one of our knowledgeable family law attorneys about your legal rights and the options available for best resolving the issues, including mediation.

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