Family Law Attorney Winter Garden FL
- What will happen to my house in the divorce?
- How much can I receive in spousal support, alimony, and/or child support?
- Who will get custody of my child?
- Can I find a lawyer who cares about me and my case, and not just the fees that pay?
If you are asking these kinds of questions, then the Law Office of Jason G. Smith can put your mind to ease with straightforward answers.
An Experienced Attorney Who Understands His Client's Needs
After fourteen years of practicing law in Georgia, attorney Jason G. Smith opened the Law Office of Jason G. Smith in Winter Garden. The purpose of this firm is to meet the legal needs of West Orange County, Lake County, and Polk County, Florida, including the areas of Ocoee, Winter Garden, Windermere, Clermont, Dr. Phillips, Orlando, Horizons West, and the surrounding areas. The Law Office of Jason G. Smith focuses primarily on family law matters such as
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Legal Separations
- Estate Planning
If you are in need of a divorce, regardless of whether the case involves children and issues of child custody and child support, you need a lawyer who can understand the "real people" needs that you have and help you successfully resolve your case in a cost-effective manner. If you have a divorce case that has left you wondering how you will support yourself and your family, let the Law Office of Jason G. Smith assist you with alimony and spousal support, and let the firm guide you through the child support process. Everyone wants their children in the best possible situation. Let attorney Jason G. Smith advise you on matters of child custody, parenting time, and devising a parenting plan that best meets the needs of your child or children. Regardless of your family law matter, the Law Office of Jason G. Smith is here to help.
A Focus On Helping Clients
With more than fifteen years of experience, our founding attorney, Jason G. Smith, has represented clients in areas of family law and has been a tireless advocate for people who have been treated unjustly. Attorney Jason G. Smith has successfully represented fathers who have been cut from the children's lives and denied visitation and parenting time. For these men, Jason G. Smith has been a lawyer who won them the right to be "dad". For women who have been left by their spouses with no means of support or income, attorney Jason G. Smith has been a lawyer who won those women alimony, spousal support, and child support that kept them in a comparable standard of living. Not only is attorney Jason G. Smith a lawyer who has successfully represented thousands of clients in court, he is also a seasoned mediator, negotiator, and an understanding listener that will help resolve your divorce, child custody, or alimony case quickly and efficiently often resolving the matter by agreement without the need for a protracted court battle. That is often the benefit of hiring an attorney with a reputation.
A Family Attorney With A Proven Track Record
In his fifteen years of representing family law clients, attorney Jason G. Smith has won thousands of cases and has successfully litigated cases in state, federal, and appellate courts. In fact, attorney Jason G. Smith recently made international headlines when we won a case in the appellate courts recognizing a client's right to receive compensation when her finance back out of plans to marry her. So, whether your case is complicated, complex, or straightforward, attorney Jason G. Smith can help you successfully resolve your family law matter.
Unlike many areas of the law, family law has the potential to affect every person in the United States. Family law encompasses everything from divorce, child custody disputes, and spousal support. The statutes governing marital and parental rights often impact even the happiest of families. Finding a compassionate attorney to help you through your family law related issue is critical during this emotional time in your life.
In Florida, divorce is often described as the dissolution of marriage. The only requirement to petition for divorce is for one individual in the relationship to prove the marriage is "irretrievably broken." This is considered a no-fault divorce because it doesn't require one of the parties to be responsible. Validation for a no-fault divorce is as follows:
1. You must substantiate that the marriage exists.
2. You must confirm that the marriage is beyond repair.
3. One person in the relationship must have a minimum of six months of Florida residency.
Sometimes a couple will come to a settlement agreement in the divorce. When one or both parties can't come to an agreement on the settlement terms of the divorce, then the court will order a hearing. Things that the court will take into consideration include:
Marital assets and debts - property belonging to both spouses such as vehicles, bank accounts, and debts accrued during the marriage.
Child custody and parenting responsibilities - court-ordered responsibilities for any children involved in the marriage.
The division of properties - marital property such as buying a home together.
Spousal support - alimony awarded to the spouse who has a need.
Divorce is one of the most stressful situations an individual can experience. Oftentimes, people are uninformed of their legal rights and obligations. Only a Florida family law attorney can provide legal advice. Florida statutes and the law of the court must be followed accurately or you risk losing rights permanently.
A family law attorney that specializes in divorce is trained to offer legal advice, assist in court proceedings, and negotiate with your spouse's attorney.
Child Support is a legal obligation that is shared by both parents covered under Florida child support laws (Florida Statute 61.30). The statute dictates child support guidelines. Child support guidelines indicate how much support is calculated, modifications, and enforcement. A couple can either present a child custody agreement or have a judge create a legally enforceable plan during a divorce.
Circumstances are forever changing daily in our lives. When financial situations change then a child support modification may be necessary. Other types of support modifications include time-sharing responsibilities.
Paternity may also play a role in child support disputes. If there is no voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, each party may proceed to court to establish paternity. Once the court establishes paternity, child support can be ordered. A judge may also determine:
Health insurance for children
Fees paid for court proceedings
If there are no determinations made for the child, Florida law assumes the responsibility will be exclusively the mothers in considerations for parenting, time-sharing, and decision making. Judges have the sole discretion when ruling on children's welfare which makes family law an extremely sensitive area of law. Pursuing legal assistance for custody disputes will help soothe the legal process.
Spousal support is also known as alimony. Alimony is ordered by a judge for financial assistance after a divorce. The primary purpose of alimony is to provide spousal maintenance relative to the income of each spouse. Other considerations for alimony include:
The earning capacity of both parties
The health and age of each spouse
The length of the marriage
Financial resources available to each party
The source of irreparable damage to the marriage
There are different types of alimony in Florida defined under (Florida Statute 61.08). The alimony received is determined by the conditions related to the marriage. When it's time to modify alimony, you may want to speak with an attorney if you think you are eligible. One needs to prove their circumstances have changed to petition for a modification..
After a divorce, you may want to consider changing the provisions of your will. Your spouse was probably your beneficiary but now you're no longer together. Making corrections or creating a new will can be very important in case the unexpected happens. A family law attorney can help guide you through this difficult process.
The effect divorce has on a family is tremendous. Each case in family law is determined on an individual basis. Because family law is based on case law, legalese is hard to follow. Attorney Jason G. Smith can provide expert legal service with compassion. Call today for a free consultation!