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If the parties are in agreement on all of the issues involved in the divorce, a simplified or uncontested dissolution may be possible. This can avoid many of the steps involved in the dissolution process. Even in a simplified process, it is important to hire a Tampa divorce lawyer.
If there are contested issues, the divorce process begins with a petition for dissolution of marriage, along with other documents being filed with the Clerk of the Court. Dissolving a marriage has far reaching consequences to your family, finances and general well-being. A Riverview divorce attorney will help you every step of the way.
Whether negotiating an uncontested divorce or aggressively litigating contested issues, the right attorney can make a difference.
Alimony payments are not a part of every divorce decree. In order for a judge to award alimony payments to a spouse, that spouse must show that there is a need for alimony and that the paying spouse has the ability to make the alimony payments. A spouse can prove there is a need by showing that he or she will not be able to achieve his or her former standard of living after considering income, as well as any proceeds from the equitable distribution of the marital assets. A Tampa alimony lawyer will be able to help you with this process.
When determining child support in Florida many factors come into consideration such as the income of the parties and number of overnights with each parent as well as each parent’s contribution to medical insurance and child care. All of these figures are entered into a software system specifically designed for determining parental responsibility on a percentage basis taking into account all of the above. Ultimately, having an experienced Tampa Family Law Attorney is incredibly important to ensure that child support is calculated correctly.
Under Florida law, child custody is decided by the courts based on the best interests of the child under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, a national set of laws governing child custody throughout the country. Child custody includes both legal and physical custody. Parents with legal custody of their child are allowed to make decisions regarding education, religion, medical care, and discipline. Physical custody involves the actual location where the child will reside. Child custody may be either shared or sole custody. The Florida courts have a strong preference for shared custody arrangements, now known as “time-sharing,” unless there is evidence to suggest that shared custody would not be in the best interests of the child. If you have a child custody issue, the family law lawyer at Franchi Law can discuss your options with you.
In Florida, if there is a substantial change in circumstances since the entry of the final judgment, you can file a supplemental petition for modification. The court will review the needs for the change and whether the change may be temporary or should be final. The court has great leeway in granting or denying a supplemental modification. That is why it is important to enlist the services of an experienced Riverview Family Law Attorney, who understands what is required to successfully advocate for or defend against a petition to modify an existing order.
Paternity actions are filed in order to legally establish a child’s biological father. Paternity actions often occur as a means to facilitate legal proceedings such as child support. Additionally paternity actions can be initiated when one parent applies for state assistance, in that instance, it prompts the state to step in and seek support on behalf of the minor child in question. Our Tampa family law lawyer handles a multitude of complicated issues regarding paternity from defending and establishing paternity, to determining paternity.