When going through a divorce, you should always consult a Tampa divorce lawyer to prevent being bound to an unfavorable alimony award. Without competent legal counsel you could end up having to pay more alimony than you should, or on the other hand not receiving as much as you are entitled to. Florida divorce law does not have any concrete guidelines that courts must follow when determining alimony payments. The family law court will have a lot of discretion to decide if alimony will be awarded, for how long it will be given, and the amount of alimony to be paid. Therefore, your divorce attorney’s advocacy skills and knowledge of the law can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. The divorce attorneys at our firm have years of experience using their knowledge of the law and skills in the courtroom to help people successfully resolve their alimony disputes. If you want a strong, knowledgeable Tampa divorce lawyer on your side in an alimony dispute contact Florida Law Advisers, P.A. before your opponent does.
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Determining the physical and legal custody of a minor child is probably the most important issue that a divorcing couple can face. We understand how important child custody matters are for every family, and we fight vigorously to protect our client’s rights. In child custody disputes, it is imperative that you hire a Tampa child custody lawyer who knows exactly what factors a Florida family law court will take into consideration when determining custody rights. The Tampa divorce lawyers at Florida Law Advisers, P.A. know exactly what factors are important to a court when determining child custody rights and we use our knowledge and advocacy skills to help deliver the results our clients need. If you would like to find out how we can help with your child custody case call us today. We represent mothers, fathers, and grandparents throughout the Tampa bay area in all family law and child custody matters.
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Florida divorce law requires that the assets of a couple be “equitably distributed” when a marriage is dissolved. An equitable distribution does not require an even split; therefore, the attorney on your side could make a big difference in how a couple’s assets are distributed. The court will consider the length of the marriage, the spouse’s contributions to the marriage, interruptions to the career or education of the spouse’s, and many other factors. Asset distribution in a Florida divorce can be very complex, with each party fighting for a larger share of the assets. It is important to have an aggressive Tampa divorce lawyer on your side to prevent an unfair distribution of your assets. At Florida Law Advisers, P.A. we dedicate all of our skill, knowledge, and experience to help ensure our clients get their fair share of the marital assets.
When unforeseen changes make it difficult to live with the terms of your divorce settlement, you may be eligible to modify the terms of your divorce agreement. Florida divorce law recognizes many circumstances which may be grounds to legally change the terms of your alimony, child custody, or child support agreement. However, regardless of the reasons for the modification, you will need to get court approval to change any of the terms of your divorce agreement. Even if you and your ex-spouse agree to the changes, a Florida family law court will not recognize the revisions to your divorce agreement unless a modification petition is filed and approved by the court. Whether you are seeking a modification or would like to challenge a proposed modification, Florida law Advisers, P.A. may be able to help. Contact us to today by telephone, webform, email or chat to find out if a modification of your divorce agreement is possible.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are becoming more common in Florida, and are not just for wealthy couples. Nuptial agreements can help all couples avoid an expensive and stressful divorce. An effective nuptial agreement can eliminate the need for costly litigation over property division, child custody, alimony, and other contentious issues in the event of a divorce. It is important to hire an experienced divorce attorney when drafting a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. A skilled Tampa divorce lawyer can be very helpful not only with the negotiation process but also in drafting an agreement that will hold up in court if it is ever contested. The Tampa divorce lawyers at Florida Law Advisers, P.A. are experienced at negotiating and drafting nuptial agreements that hold up to judicial scrutiny. If you are considering drafting or challenging a nuptial agreement and have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a free consultation.
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Collaborative divorce is when both parties work together to resolve their differences without the lengthy, costly, and combative process of divorce litigation. Collaborative divorce gives the parties more control over the divorce and allows them to customize the marital settlement to fit their specific needs. Rather than having a judge dictate the terms of the divorce, the parties work together to develop a comprehensive marital settlement agreement. If you and your spouse still have a friendly relationship you may want to consider a collaborative divorce, rather than the traditional contested divorce. Contact us today to speak with a Tampa divorce lawyer to learn more about collaborative divorce and other forms of marriage dissolution.
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Florida is a “no fault” divorce state, which means that you do not have to prove one party is at fault for the marriage troubles. For example, a spouse does not have to provide any evidence of adultery or domestic violence to obtain a divorce in Florida, unlike some other states. The only requirements for obtaining a divorce is to be a Florida resident for at least six months prior to filing for divorce and that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” Irretrievably broken is a legal term for saying that the marriage cannot be saved by counseling or other means. The requirements for divorce are minimal, however, the actual process of going through the divorce can be very complex. Florida divorce statutes and court rules must be strictly followed, because deviating from these rules can mean forfeiting many of your important rights.
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Unfortunately, domestic violence occurs in many homes across the country. Abusive relationships can be very a dangerous situation for the abused spouse, child, and other family members if proper action is not taken. If you are being abused by a family or household member, please contact Florida Law Advisers, P.A. to speak with a domestic violence attorney right away.
Under Florida law, domestic abuse does not require actual physical violence. A reasonable belief that you are about to become the victim of violence is enough for the law to take action. Furthermore, the aggressor does not need to be a spouse or other family member. Domestic violence can involve former spouses, children, boyfriends, girlfriends, or another person who is currently living with you in the home.
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A court order is an official decree by a judge that either requires or authorizes a party to take specified action. In divorce cases, a judge will commonly issue a court order with respect to child support, alimony, and child custody, and each party will be legally obligated to comply with the court order. If your ex-spouse has failed to comply with the terms of a court order, you should seek the advice of a family law attorney in the Tampa Bay area.
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Divorce can be a very stressful and expensive process for a couple. We understand this, and want to help alleviate the financial burden and turmoil that a divorce can create. Florida Law Advisers, P.A. offers many innovative solutions to the traditional contested divorce, such as a low-cost flat fee divorce. Our flat fee divorce can cover all of the same issues as a contested divorce, such as child support, alimony, child custody, and property division. If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the marriage dissolution, our flat fee divorce program may be an ideal fit for your needs. A flat fee divorce can save you time and money on your divorce.
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Grandparents can play a key role in raising and caring for their grandchildren. We, like most people, have fond memories of our grandparents and are grateful for the important role they had our lives. Unfortunately, in some situations, a parent will prohibit or restrict the visitation and contact rights of a child’s grandparents. When this occurs, grandparents should seek the aid of an experienced Florida family law attorney.
Under Florida family law, grandparents and other family members have the right to file a petition with the court requesting visitation. However, a court will only grant visitation rights if a grandparent can show it will be in the child’s best interests, and that there would be a significant detriment to the child if visitation rights are not granted.
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Mediation involves the use of a neutral, independent mediator who is familiar with Florida divorce law. The mediator listens to both sides and proposes solutions to help negotiate a settlement between the two parties. Unlike a Florida family law judge, the mediator does not have the authority to compel the party to enter into an agreement, or the power to dictate the terms of the marriage dissolution. Typically, the mediator will be a Florida family law attorney who is impartial and has no stake in the outcome of the divorce.
Mediation gives the parties more control over the divorce and allows them to customize the marital settlement to fit their specific needs. Rather than having a judge dictate the terms of the divorce, the mediator and both parties work together to develop an individualized marital settlement agreement. The mediator listens to both sides of the argument and helps propose innovative solutions on which both parties can agree.
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Military divorce involves many of the same issues as other divorces; child custody, alimony, and property division will all have to be resolved in the divorce proceedings. However, there are also special laws and circumstances that are unique to military divorce. If you are or your spouse is a current or former member of the military, you need a divorce lawyer who is experienced in military divorce cases. That means that an attorney who only understands Florida divorce law is simply not enough for these types of cases.
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Paternity is a legal adjudication that establishes a parental relationship between a man and a child. In Florida, when a child is born to a married couple the husband is presumed to be the child’s biological father. Therefore, most paternity suits are between unmarried parties. Paternity suits are often filed when a man denies fathering a child or a mother disputes a father’s parental relationship to the child. A paternity case may have the same issues as a divorce case because it involves children, and issues such as parental responsibility, child support, and visitation will need to be resolved. Paternity cases can be very complex and difficult without competent legal representation.
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If you are already married and did not execute a prenuptial agreement, you should consider drafting a postnuptial agreement. A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement except that a postnuptial agreement is executed after the couple is already married. Like a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement can help protect your assets and avoid costly litigation over property division, alimony, and other contentious issues in the event of a divorce.
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When a couple decides to divorce they will need to make decisions regarding the distribution of their property. If a couple is unable to reach an agreement, a Florida family law court will step in and divide the property for them. Under Florida divorce law, the court must make an equitable division of the marital property. Equitable division means the court will divide the marital property evenly between the two parties unless there are reasons to justify one party being awarded more than 50% of the property.
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Florida family law encourages parents to share the rights, responsibilities, and joys of raising their children together. If a custodial parent moves 50 miles or more away from the primary residence, it may make frequent and continued contact with both parents unattainable. Therefore, Florida child custody law will require the relocating custodial parent to either: obtain written consent from the other parent or obtain court approval before relocating with the child more than 50 miles from the primary residence.
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When a single parent remarries, a stepparent takes on the responsibility of raising, caring, and loving their spouse’s child. In most cases, both the children and stepparents will form a close bond together – much like the bond that biological parents and their children share. However, under Florida family law, stepparents have no legal rights with respect to the child. Therefore, many stepparents will adopt their stepchild and form a parent-child relationship in both their eyes and in the eyes of the law.
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If you and your spouse are able to agree on all of the terms of the divorce, you may want to consider filing for an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce covers all of the same issues as a contested divorce. However, in an uncontested divorce you and your spouse enter the legal proceedings with an agreement on the terms of the dissolution. An uncontested divorce is beneficial because it helps decrease the level of animosity that a contested divorce can create. In addition, the process of dissolving the marriage can be more efficient and far less expensive than a contested divorce.
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Florida Law Advisers, P.A. is dedicated to providing our clients with skilled and aggressive legal representation. We understand how important the outcome of your case is and we will do everything in our power to resolve the case quickly and efficiently. When you work with Florida Law Advisers, P.A., you can count on the support you deserve, as well as strong advocacy for your rights in these important matters.
Each family law case is different, which is way we take a personalized approach to every family law issue with which we are entrusted. Our vast experience in family law allows us to cater our legal services to fit your specific, individual needs. If you need FREE legal advice about any subject regarding family law in Florida, please don't hesitate and contact us immediatley, we're here to help.