OUR FAMILY PRACTICE
Going through a divorce is never easy. Nor is separating from a domestic partner. Or dealing with child custody issues, or being able to financially provide for your child or children. And domestic violence, be it a criminal battery, spousal abuse or domestic abuse, whether physical or mental, should never be tolerated by anyone. Domestic Violence does not discriminate; it happens to males as well as females – in heterosexual couples as well as same-sex partnerships. Experiencing these things first hand is trying enough. You need an attorney that will fight for you; that will talk to you; that will be sympathetic to your situation; that will understand what you are going through. And you need an attorney that will be able to help you navigate your way through a very upsetting time of your life. And an attorney that will recommend any professional help that you may need along the way. We’re here to help; to talk; to listen; to understand; to get you through it all. And we’ve got the knowledge and the experience to get you through the difficult times and begin a new chapter in your life.
We provide family law legal services in the following areas:
The law is very fluid on what you can and cannot receive in the way of Alimony. Chapter 61, Florida Statutes, is rapidly changing with the times we live in and the laws are a reflection of that. We can advise you as to your rights under the current state of the law. And get you what you are entitled to.
Child Custody and Time Sharing
We can protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home, and to provide the non-residential parent with the time sharing that best suits their situation. And best suits the needs of your child or children. It is one thing to go through a divorce, but the well-being of your child or children should be paramount.
We can help ensure that you receive, or pay, an equitable amount of the financial support required to raise your child or children in a healthy, happy environment. It’s what they deserve. It’s what you want for them regardless of what has happened in your relationship.
Child Support Modification and Enforcement
Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.
Divorce/High Net Worth Divorce
Whether you have worked out your differences and simply need to “make it legal,” or whether you have acquired vast assets that require careful consideration and expertise in determining “who is entitled to what,” we work with a team of experts that can answer all your questions. We can get you what is fair in the way of marital assets, including the marital home, summer retreats or other residences, allocation of stocks, bonds, and division of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k)s, pension plans, shares in businesses, shares of stock in corporations, partnership interests, time-share units, vacation clubs, etc. And we can get those assets valued, if necessary, in order to equitably divide those assets.
Prenuptial Agreements and Post Nuptial Agreements
We have learned to expect the unexpected. So we draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses’ interests and that can alleviate some of the stress should you ever divorce. And to make appropriate provisions…just in case.
Oftentimes, people don’t want to fight. They want to try to work things out, if possible. We’re not here to cause you to spend money needlessly. We’re here to get you the result you want and in the setting that most suits your needs. When you want to have a real say in the decision=making process, mediation can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. We work with highly-skilled mediators to help you negotiate your own result and obtain the most equitable settlement. It’s efficient and often most cost-effective.
Collaborative Family Law
This is ground-breaking territory and we’re on the cutting edge of this concept that is gaining momentum in family law. If both sides agree to work out all of their issues in a collaborative setting, the attorneys, CPA’s, therapists, and other professionals work together, with the parties, to craft a settlement agreement between the parties in an open and honest setting of free-flowing information that is conducive to resolving cases. In this setting the attorneys will represent the clients only as part of the collaborative process. In the unlikely event that a case does not get resolved, the participating attorneys would not take the matter to court.