When a family is in transition, it is crucial to have trustworthy legal advice. When a dispute rises to the level of legal action, it takes a skilled family law attorney to find a solution. The Family Law practice at My.Attorney is dedicated to helping families throughout the state of Florida restore order during difficult times.
Knowing that family relationships continue to be of primary importance for many of our clients, we will offer you first-rate legal representation and caring, efficient service. Our objective insights can help to resolve your most challenging and personal issues and restore order to your family. For a free evaluation of your family law matter, download the My.Attorney app today.
Common Family Law Cases
When you become our client, you will have peace of mind knowing that dedicated family law advocates are on your side. Our legal team has a proven history of successfully resolving a wide range of family law issues including:
- Spousal support
- Parenting plans and time-sharing
- Child support
- Collaborative divorce
My.Attorney has helped clients from all walks of life, including high net-worth couples, work through both contested and uncontested divorces. Our objective is to resolve divorce-related issues through negotiated settlements or the collaborative divorce process. When issues such as the division of property, alimony and spousal support, parental responsibility, time-sharing and child support, cannot be resolved amicably, we are fully prepared to litigate.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the court will determine whether to award some form of spousal support to either party. Factors involved in this determination include the duration of the marriage, the couple’s standard of living during the marriage, each spouse’s income or ability to earn, and the needs, assets and financial status of each. We encourage our clients to reach fair and equitable spousal support agreements.
Parental Responsibility, Timesharing and Child Support
Today, preference is not given to either parent regarding child custody by the court since both parents have a responsibility for raising their children. Although it may be more workable to award primary physical custody to one parent, each parent has a legal right to make decisions about the children’s health and welfare. Before a divorce will be granted in Florida, however, the spouses are required to create a court-approved parenting plan to establish living arrangements for their minor children, visitation rights, decision-making rights and to clarify related issues.
Florida law also contains specific guidelines for determining child support based on the net wages of each parent and the number of children in the marriage. Each case is unique, however, and factors that may also impact child support determinations include medical and educational expenses, the cost of extracurricular activities, and health insurance coverage for the children. To receive court approval, decisions regarding parenting plans, time-sharing agreements, and child support must be in the best interests of the children.
Collaborative Law Divorce
To avoid the acrimony that is often associated with divorce, many families can benefit greatly from an alternative approach referred to as collaborative law divorce. Both spouses, and their attorneys must agree not to litigate the divorce and negotiate a settlement instead. This is an interdisciplinary process that draws on mental health professionals and financial experts who serve as facilitators in resolving issues such as the division of marital property, parenting time and child support. If the spouses cannot reach an agreement and litigation becomes necessary, however, the parties must find new attorneys.
Divorce mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution, can be a more civil and cost-effective way to end a marriage. In this process, the spouses hire a court-approved neutral third party known as a mediator, who is responsible for guiding them to a negotiated resolution of the divorce. Although mediators are typically experienced family law attorneys, they cannot give legal advice and must remain neutral. While the parties may seek advice from their attorneys, they cannot participate directly in the process. Ultimately, for divorce mediation to be successful, the parties must cooperate and negotiate in good faith.
At times, lifestyle changes or other circumstances may arise that make divorce agreements and court orders unworkable. In the event of a sudden change in income (up or down), employment status, medical emergency or health issue, job relocation, or other circumstance, it is possible to ask the court for a modification of spousal support and/or parenting and child support agreements and orders.
When the identity of a child’s biological father is in question, establishing paternity is necessary to determine parental rights and responsibilities. Paternity can be established in Florida through a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity, marriage and legitimation, an Administrative Order of Paternity, or a paternity lawsuit. We work with clients to establish paternity, whether it’s a mother seeking to obtain child support or a father seeking to establish parental rights.
Although adopting a child is a rewarding experience, it is also a bureaucratic process that can be difficult to navigate. At My.Attorney, we advise clients on step-parent adoptions, private placement and agency adoptions, as well as international adoptions. We help prepare all the necessary paperwork, guide clients through pre-adoption screenings, and represent them in adoption hearings, offering compassion and support as they create new parent-child relationships.
Contact Our Florida Family Law Attorney
For over 25 years, My.Attorney has provided comfort and legal guidance to families when they need it most. Our legal team is highly regarded for its skill and proficiency in the practice of family law and for maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards. When you consult us, you can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to protect your interests and help preserve your family bonds. Download the My.Attorney app today to arrange a free case evaluation and contact us for more information.