Case Approach

Our Legal Plan For Your Florida Divorce

At the beginning of your case, a road map for your divorce will be developed with your input. Determining your goals is the first key component in your plan. Then, together, we will develop the legal approach to be taken to accomplish these goals. There is no substitute for experience in formulating your legal strategy. Our experience in family law has shown that there are seven key components for a divorce action. These components are:

  1. Goal assessment/analysis*
  2. Preparation of client roadmap to reach goals
  3. Determine and obtain necessary discovery documentation
  4. Valuations, evaluations and calculations** (as necessary)
  5. Negotiations
  6. Construction of settlement agreement or preparation for trial
  7. Final judgment


Divorce Process Options

We welcome you to contact Harris, Hunt & Derr to discuss the best path forward in your divorce.

*It is important to assess not only your goals, but also your spouse’s goals to evaluate in advance, the barriers to obtaining your goals.

**Reassessment and adjustment of the outcome goals at this step is essential as you begin to analyze discovery, obtain expert opinions and factual foundations for support and equitable distribution (or alimony need and ability to meet need; asset and liability valuations) and barriers to goal attainment.

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  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2022
  • AV Preeminent 2022
  • Best Law Firms US News Family Tier 1 Tampa  2021
  • Sustaining Law Firm 2024
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2021 Christine L. Derr Family Law Mediation Tampa
  • Tampa Magazine Top Lawyers Winner  2021
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite 2021
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2020 Joseph Hunt Family Law Tampa, FL
  • Tampa Magazine Top Lawyers Winner  2020
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2020
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2017 Nancy Hutcheson Harris

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  • Experience on Your Side

    Collectively, our team has over 120 years of legal experience. When you work with us you gain access to a deep knowledge base of experienced attorneys and staff, including board-certified attorneys.

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  • Solutions-Oriented

    With 95 percent of our cases settling - our team focuses on a solutions-oriented approach. Your family is our priority, which is why we strive to find the best solution for you and your family.

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  • Personal Attention No two cases are the same, our firm strives to provide you with a personalized experience that is tailored to your goals and your family's needs. You will work directly with your attorney alongside a dedicated team to help strategize your best interests.
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