If you are getting divorced, it is essential that you protect your rights under Florida law throughout the legal process so that you emerge from the divorce in the best situation possible. At Dolman Law Group, our highly experienced Brandon, Florida divorce attorneys are committed to helping clients resolve their divorce cases as favorably and efficiently as possible so they can move forward in a positive way.
While every divorce is different, the following are some common issues that must be resolved in Florida divorce cases:
Division of Property – In Florida, the law requires that all property and debts that are considered to be “marital” must be divided in an equitable manner between the spouses. Equitable does not mean that all property is divided equally, however, but instead in a manner deemed fair by the court. The court can consider many factors when determining what is equitable in a particular case, including the respective earning power of the spouses, the length of the marriage, and more. Property division determinations will also decide what happens to the family home.
Child Custody – The concept that is traditionally known as “custody” is referred to as “time-sharing” under Florida law. The laws in our state presume that it is best for a child to spend time with both parents unless there is a reason to believe otherwise. Parents must agree on a time-sharing schedule, as well as parenting plan that dictates how decisions will be made for the child, or the court will intervene and set one for the parents.
Child Support – In many divorces cases, the court will order one parent to pay child support to the other. This determination is made based on a specific formula set out by Florida law and the court actually has little discretion when it comes to the amount of child support ordered. However, whether you are receiving or paying support, it is important to have an attorney review the order and ensure that the amount is fair and appropriate.
Spousal Support – Following a divorce, the court does not want one spouse to have financial stability and the other to be struggling. If there is a significant earning power discrepancy between the spouses, the court may order a spouse to pay spousal support – commonly called alimony or maintenance – while the other spouse receives the education or training needed to support themselves. A spousal support award can be critical for many people after divorce, however, convincing the court that you deserve an award can be challenging, so you want a skilled attorney on your side.
While the above are fairly common in divorce cases, some divorces can be even more complicated and will have additional issues that need to be properly addressed. This is especially true in cases involving significant wealth, multiple properties, business interests, and more. You can trust Dolman Law Group to skillfully handle even the most complex and high-value divorce cases.
If your believe divorce is in your future, please contact the dedicated divorce attorneys at Dolman Law Group today. We are here to help your through every stage of your case so that you receive the best possible outcome from your divorce.