Divorce

DIVORCE IN FLORIDA

Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, can be a difficult time in any person’s life. You may have questions regarding issues involving your children, such as custody (now referred to as time-sharing), decision-making authority, and child support. Further, you want to ensure that your property rights are secured. You may also want to know whether there are special considerations for a military divorce or an uncontested divorce. It is important to have a family law attorney who will advise you of your rights and listen to your needs.

Family Diplomacy recommends that any person going through divorce strongly consider utilizing the Collaborative Divorce process.

Your divorce may include the following elements:

PARENTING PLAN

A parenting plan is a document that outlines you and your spouse’s rights and responsibilities towards your children. Issues addressed in a parenting plan include parental responsibility (decision-making authority), a time-sharing schedule (including holiday time-sharing), and matters that are specific to your family’s needs. The parenting plan may be agreed upon by the parties in advance of a final hearing of dissolution of marriage, or it may be ordered by a judge. Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm will work to develop a parenting plan that is right for you.

EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION

Equitable distribution is the division of the parties’ assets (property) and liabilities (debt).

ALIMONY

Alimony is largely based on one spouse’s need for money and the other spouse’s ability to pay. Alimony comes in various forms, including the following: (i) bridge-the-gap; (ii) rehabilitative; (iii) durational; (iv) lump sum; and (v) permanent periodic. opposing alimony.

CHILD SUPPORT

The Florida Statutes have created a formula to set out an appropriate child support amount. This formula is based on the following factors: (i) each party’s income; (ii) the amount of time each party spends with each child; (iii) daycare costs; (iv) medical insurance costs; and (v) non-reimbursed medical expenses.

COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

Are you interested in a private, healthier process which keeps your personal and financial information out of the public courtroom? Are you concerned about the effect that divorce will have on your children? Learn how the Collaborative Family Law model can be used in your divorce case.

A DIVORCE LAWYER IN TAMPA

Located in Downtown Tampa at the intersection of North Florida Avenue and East Madison Street, we practice throughout the Tampa Bay area, including in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.

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