Family Law Attorney Winter Garden FL
A Focus On Helping Clients
A Family Attorney With A Proven Track Record
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!
Estate Planning Lawyer Windermere
Individuals who are dealing with an estate planning case or those who are facing another family law matter have varied concerns. Some are concerned about getting through the process as quickly and effectively as possible. Others wish to minimize the impact on any children involved. The Law Office of Jason G Smith provides a full range of family law legal services keeping the unique needs and goals of each client in mind.
Listening to and hearing what Windermere clients have to say, and considering their contributions to the process, enables the firm to work closely with those represented. Doing so furthers all phases of negotiation and dispute resolution. This philosophy affords clients with the confidence that they need to make sound decisions.
When you come to The Law Office of Jason G Smith for help, an attorney will take personal time to understand your particular legal challenge and then will do everything possible to try to achieve them. You will be treated with the compassion you and your family deserve throughout the entire duration of your estate planning case. For a free initial consultation, call (407) 347-4333 today.
The Law Office of Jason G Smith can help you get a better understanding of the nature of your case and immediately plan an effective strategy to achieve your goal. Let the firm give you the clarity you need. Call (407) 347-4333 today.
The Law Office of Jason G Smith
232 S. Dillard St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787