Frequently Asked Questions

Straight up answers to complex questions.

With the merger of two of Jacksonville’s most established and prestigious Family Law firms, Zisser Family Law is helping to guide families in transition throughout the Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida area.

Innovative thinking combined with depth of experience means your questions to us will be answered, and you will be guided in expert fashion through every step of the divorce process.

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. For more specific questions, contact Zisser Family Law to schedule an initial consultation.

How much will my case cost?

Attorney fees for legal representation and costs of actions, such as filing fees, copy costs, expert witness fees, and the like, vary from case to case. Each case presents individual challenges. During your initial consultation, your attorney will analyze the issues in your case and provide an estimate of how long your case will take and how much it will cost. Since we cannot predict all factors that may arise or level of cooperation of parties involved, this estimate can change.

How long will my case take?

Although we cannot tell you how long your case will take, we can tell you the factors that impact the duration of your case. These factors include spouse level of cooperation and the amount of time needed to obtain the necessary financial, parenting and psychological data, as well as the number of cases assigned to your judge.

Will my husband/wife be required to pay my legal fees?

Florida Law assures each party the right to counsel so that the parties are on a “level playing field.” Therefore, there can be circumstances in which your spouse may be required to pay your legal fees.

The financial position of you and your spouse are reviewed, before and after property is divided, and support is assessed. Then, to the extent costs of the case have been increased by the failure of your spouse or his or her attorney to cooperate in the process, legal fees can be awarded.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a form of dispute resolution in which a neutral third-party, most often a practicing family law attorney, although sometimes a psychologist or financial professional, assists the parties in reaching a settlement. Mediation is required before a judge can hear your case.

Can my spouse and I use the same attorney?

Even if you and your spouse agree on everything in your case, you are still considered opposing parties in a lawsuit. Therefore, it presents a conflict of interest, and a violation of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

How soon can I get in for a consultation?

Typically, a consultation with one of our attorneys can occur within several days of your call.