Jacksonville and Orange Park Family Law Attorney
Going through a divorce is a complicated and multifaceted legal matter. There are few other legal events that carry such a significant and lasting impact on individuals and families than divorce. When dealing with the intricacies of divorce, namely child custody, alimony, prenuptial agreements—and, potentially, domestic violence allegations—it is vital that you employ effective legal guidance to ensure that your needs are properly addressed.
Divorce Law Services
When a Divorce or the dissolution of marriage is uncontested, the process can be quick and straightforward. However, when contested, the divorce process is lengthy and costly. Common issues that often lead to contested divorce include disagreements on parenting or time sharing plans, child support, alimony, and division of property. When this occurs, a settlement must be determined by a judge.
Child Custody Proceedings
Custody battles can become extremely contentious. Generally, Florida law has determined that maintaining contact with both parents is in the child’s best interest; therefore, it is the onus of the parents to prepare a comprehensive parenting plan. If the divorcing couple cannot work together to develop an adequate plan, the state will intervene to determine the custody arrangements—which can quickly become costly and stressful. Having an attorney represent the best interests of you and your children throughout this process is an invaluable asset to your custody case and your family’s future.
Domestic violence in the context of divorce is a complex issue that can make reaching a fair settlement during the divorce process difficult. When a party files a domestic violence injunction, it can dramatically change the course of a divorce case, especially in terms of custody arrangements and the division of marital assets. It is vital to your family’s safety and security that that such delicate matters are addressed through the proper channels, by an attorney that concentrates in family law.
Child support is considered the right of the child, and the state legally mandates that both parents share the financial responsibilities in their child’s upbringing. After child support is applied for, the amount to be paid is circumstantial and relies on the context of a parent’s living situation. If circumstances change, then the money a parent needs to pay for support may change as well. Lack of payment will lead to court intervention and consequences. Lack of representation will lead to a lack of voice within the child support proceedings. A child custody attorney is recommended in order to protect the best interests of your child.
Prenuptial agreements are put in place to protect individuals’ assets in the event of a divorce. If a prenuptial agreement does not carefully follow legal protocol, it can be deemed invalid, and therefore, it is vital that you hire an attorney that concentrates in family law, namely, in drafting and defending prenuptial agreements. These agreements must be drafted with painstaking detail to avoid catastrophic consequences in the future. On the same token, a family lawyer well-versed in defending prenuptial agreement disputes is imperative in the case that the validity or terms of your Florida premarital agreement are disputed.
When going through a divorce case, you need to be aware of which type of alimony is relevant to your situation, be it permanent, temporary or rehabilitative alimony. There are no fast rules to calculate alimony as the court must consider different facts which are intended to gauge what the amount of alimony owed to a spouse should be. Different factors include, but are not limited to: income and earning potential, debts, age and health, education, taxes, marital contribution and misconduct, and others. An alimony attorney will be able to help you seek a just outcome in your alimony proceedings.
Compassionate and Assertive Florida Divorce Law Firm accepts clients in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas
Florida divorce proceedings can be a tumultuous, stressful process—to say the least. Making sound decisions while dealing with the stress of your changing family structure must be taken on. Taking on a divorce without an attorney can end up costing the custody of children, a say in the child support you will receive or pay, and the alimony you will receive or pay. Call us now to book a free consultation.