*Complex, contested, and uncontested divorce
* Child support and modifications
* Spouse and child abuse/DCF
* Property settlements
* Separation Agreements
*Domestic Violence Injunctions
* Qualified domestic relation orders
* Juvenile matters
* Pre-marital Agreements
* Post Nuptial Agreements
There are no more emotionally wrenching cases than those involving divorce, parenting and time sharing of children. Our clients are experiencing the worst phase of their lives and dealing with issues that they had never dreamed they would have to consider. We make every effort to make this process easier and more understandable.
The following are frequently asked questions for divorce and family law issues:
How long will this take?
That depends on many variables including your spouse’s desire to work out resolutions of issues and both parties desire to avoid protracted litigation. Divorces can be finalized within 6 months, however, some may take longer and others can be wrapped up in 6-8 weeks.
Do I have to pay my spouse’s attorney fees?
You may have to pay your spouse’s attorney fees if the judge determines that your spouse cannot afford to pay and you can.
What is shared parental responsibility?
This is the Florida principle that both parents should have equal responsibility and input into their children’s lives even after a divorce. Shared parenting does not mean necessarily that both parties will have an equal amount of time with the child.
Can I get alimony before the final judgment?
Yes, both alimony and child support can be awarded on a temporary basis prior to the final judgment if the court finds that a spouse has the need for such award and the other spouse has the ability to pay.
Can we mediate this?
Yes, mediation is an excellent way to resolve differences. Mediation is a process in which a neutral party sits down with you and your spouse to help you create the terms for your divorce. The neutral party does not have the authority to make decisions for you. The process typically saves the parties money, time and grief and also can be designed to meet specific needs of each party.
Do we have to split every stock and IRA that we have acquired together?
No, although the value of all marital property should be divided equally in most cases, it is not always necessary and in many times it is unfeasible to split each marital asset.
If I bought a car that is titled in my name and paid for it with my own earnings that will be mine, right?
Anything that is acquired during the marriage by the parties is joint marital property regardless of how it is titled and who pays for it. The only exceptions are those items acquired through an inheritance or a gift and that are not co-mingled or gifted to the other spouse.
Can I relocate with my child to another state?
This can be complicated, but you may be able to move if you can show that it improves the quality of life for your child and that other satisfactory times and way of contact with the other parent can be provided.