Our firm’s attorneys are well-versed in all facets of marital and family law, handling matters arising before, during, and after marriage, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as dissolution of marriage actions. Read more..

Our firm’s attorneys are well-versed in all facets of marital and family law, handling matters arising before, during, and after marriage, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as dissolution of marriage actions. Read more..

PAYING FOR THE CHILD’S EXPENSES – Both parents have a duty to support their child. The duty is ordinarily enforced through an award of child support from one parent to the other. To calculate child support, the Court will usually follow a process in the Child Support Guideline Statute. The process requires the Court to consider the gross earnings of each party, subject to certain specified deductions, and to apply those earnings to a chart. Read more..

Collaborative Law is a family law process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and other professionals in order to decrease attorney fees and avoid the uncertain outcome of Court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children. Read more..

Custody and visitation litigation can be emotionally traumatizing to parents and children alike. The behavior of parents before and after dissolution has a great influence on the emotional adjustment of their children. Pursuing custody and/or visitation requires a strong commitment to being the best parent you can be. Although we cannot change what has happened in the past, we can provide guidance on being a good parent from this point forward. Read more..

There are certain requirements that must be met in order to obtain a divorce. A document called the Final Judgment must be signed by a judge in order to finalize the divorce. In Florida, the legal term for a divorce is “dissolution of marriage.” The cost and complexity of divorce depends on the parties and issues involved. Read more..

Unless the husband and wife enter into an agreement that sets out who gets which assets and who gets which liabilities, the Circuit Court will conduct a trial, after which it will determine who gets what and who will pay what. Read more..

Mistake 1: Believing the other side will be fair and cooperative.

Most people in our office are emotionally vulnerable and upset. Many are in a state of denial. “He/she would never treat me this way” is a sentiment we hear all too often. But, lo and behold, spouses do mistreat each other. Our advice: Look out for what is important to you and expect your spouse to do the same. Read more..

Kitchen Table Approach

Direct negotiation between the parties. May work well if parties high-functioning and effective at communication with each other. Normally ineffective for negotiation of family conflicts. Allows for the domination, manipulation and coercion that frequently accompanies family disputes. Read more..

Upon separation or divorce, in some cases a judge may order one party to pay spousal support (alimony or separate maintenance) to his or her spouse. If awarded, the type, the duration and amount of alimony will be determined primarily by the length of the marriage, the need of one party for support, the ability of the other party to pay the support and the standard of living the parties have enjoyed together. Read more..

Just as a great baseball team has a coach, a pitcher, a catcher, hitters, infielders and outfielders, a great law firm team has many team members. Each team member has a different role based on their training, experience and skills. Each team member works on your case, based on their position, allowing your matter to be handled in the most efficient and effective manner. Read more..

1. Make visitation arrangements directly with the other parent. As children approach adolescence, they should be included in the process; however, the parents should be the final decision makers. Read more..

Easy cases can be done in two months or less. Harder cases can be six to eight months with hotly contested or complex cases taking a year or more. Read more..

Children experience all kinds of feelings and fears when parents break up or divorce.

We offer these tips to parents:

Talk with your children together – early and often. It’s best if both parents can be present when children are told the news. Kids need to hear a consistent story about why their parents are not together. Give them concrete information about where each parent will be living, where the children will be staying, and where they will go to school. Make it clear that the break up is not their fault, and try your best to answer their questions honestly. Read more..

AN EARLY CONSULTATION IS IMPERATIVE

You must know what your rights are BEFORE you take any action. Many people wait to talk with an attorney just to find out that they should NOT have moved out of the house, or they SHOULD have taken certain documents. Basically, they find out that if they had acted earlier, something they want right now could have been theirs. Read more..