If your marriage is at a turning point, consult an experienced attorney to protect your interests, advocate on your behalf, and guide you through this difficult time. Perhaps you want to end your marriage, your spouse already filed for divorce, or you both agree on the decision. Regardless, you have a complex legal process ahead of you. How you handle your divorce case can alter your future in many ways, including your financial situation and your relationship with your children. Therefore, we recommend you seek legal guidance and representation from a family law attorney who knows how to protect your rights and interests.
We know divorce is not just a legal process. It is an intimate human experience that affects you and your family. Our Florida Bar board certified attorneys can provide the highest level of guidance throughout the entire process. We will be there for you and support you in every way we can to provide the best result for your legal matter.
Our family law attorneys have extensive experience dealing with complex issues and can assist you with your divorce related questions. Please call us for a free one-hour consult to discuss your divorce matter.
A list of some of the most common issues addressed in most divorce cases:
- Division of marital property and assets – The State of Florida adopted the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act instead. This act calls for an equitable distribution of your property during your divorce. In other words, the judge decides what property division is fair and equitable. It could be a 50-50 split, or it could be something else depending on your specific circumstances.
- Division of debts – The law requires all divorcing couples to divide any debts acquired during the marriage, with few exceptions. This may involve selling collateral to pay off debts, one spouse paying the other half the balance of a debt, or other solutions.
- Child support – If there is a financial discrepancy between parents or if a child will spend significantly more time with one parent than the other, the court may order one parent to pay child support. Child support is based on specific guidelines set out by the state of Florida that takes into account the income of the parents. In limited circumstances, a court may stray from the guidelines, such as in cases involving significant wealth or unusual situations. Courts may modify child support down the road if a substantial change in financial circumstances takes place for one or both parents.
- Spousal support – Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is not an issue in every divorce case. However, if the spouses have substantially different earning abilities, the court may award one spouse financial support from the other for a period of time. This is often a contentious issue in a divorce case where we advocate hard for our clients.
- Legal decision-making and parenting time – Florida laws and courts now refer to child custody as legal decision-making and parenting time. Couples will need to determine how they will divide the responsibility of making important decisions for their children, including decisions about education, religion, activities, and more. Parents will also need to determine a schedule that dictates when a child will spend physical time with one parent or the other. They will need to create a detailed parenting plan they can refer to as they co-parent.
Here are some of the areas we can assist you with:
- Divorce with or without children
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Property and Asset Rights
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Military Divorce
- Orders of Protection
- Prenuptial Agreements
- High Net Worth Divorce
- Spousal Maintenance and Support
- Family Relocation
- Father’s Rights
- Gay and LGBT Family Law