Tampa Divorce Lawyer
Areas of Practice & Information
You can learn more about our key areas of practice by reviewing the information on this site. We also welcome you to call us at any time to speak with a Tampa divorce attorney about your particular concerns and questions. We are always happy to help you.
Our firm's main area of focus is on divorce and all of the issues pertaining to this legal process. Legally ending a marriage can be difficult and can present a number of matters that will need to be resolved relating to children, finances and property. We strive to provide high-quality, personalized counsel before, during and after divorce.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that involves working with a neutral third party who will act as a mediator to resolve any disputes between divorcing spouses. Choosing this collaborative approach can save all parties involved a great deal of time and money and can limit the amount of stress experienced in a divorce.
Flat Fee Divorce
Our Tampa law firm offers affordable, flat fee divorce services for clients who have already reached agreements regarding custody, support and property and simply need legal help to complete an uncontested divorce.
A divorce where one or both spouses are in the military is best approached by an attorney who is familiar with the particular laws and proceedings that are specific to members of the armed services. We address these matters with professionalism and personal attention in order to facilitate positive resolutions for our military and civilian clients.
Alimony, also referred to as spousal support or maintenance, may be awarded to one spouse in a divorce. Permanent, temporary, rehabilitative or transitional alimony may be awarded, depending on the particular circumstances at hand.
Typically one of the most heated topics in any divorce, child custody matters should be carefully addressed. In Florida, this is accomplished with a parenting plan that will detail how parents will share responsibility for the child. A parenting plan should be approached with competent legal counsel to ensure your child's well-being and the protection of your rights as a parent.
Depending on the case, one parent may be required to pay child support to the other parent in order to care for their child or children. Both parents are required to contribute to supporting the child, and in some cases this means that child support will be necessary, though the amount will vary depending on the number of children, special needs, and more.
Modification of Alimony
A significant change in one's life may warrant the modification of a current alimony arrangement. If you need help in changing or terminating alimony payments, an attorney at our firm can offer experienced guidance to seek the result you need.
Modification of Child Custody
After a divorce, it may be necessary to seek a modification of a current child custody order in accordance with a significant change in circumstances involving the child or a parent. Parental relocation, domestic violence or drug abuse may be reasons for altering a custody agreement.
Modification of Child Support
Job loss, a promotion, or a change in a child's educational or medical needs may warrant a modification of child support. These cases can be complex and require proof that the modification is truly necessary.
Collaborative law offers an amicable approach to divorce that can help spouses reach a swift and agreeable resolution. Though each party has their own lawyer through the process, they agree to work together to reach an agreement as opposed to going to trial.
Contempt of Court
A person who fails to comply with a court order may be held in "contempt of court" and may face specific penalties, such as fines and even imprisonment. In the realm of family law, a person may be held in contempt of court for failing to pay child support or failing to comply with a child custody order.
Victims of domestic violence are strongly urged to seek help from law enforcement to protect their immediate safety. We can also offer experienced legal counsel in these matters by helping a victim obtain a restraining order to prohibit further contact or abuse from the offender.
Durational alimony may be awarded in a marriage that lasted 17 years or less, providing the lower-income spouse with monthly payments from the higher-income spouse to maintain a certain standard of living.
Enforcement of Court Orders
Court orders involving alimony, child support and custody are important and should not be violated in any way. If your spouse refuses to comply with a court order related to your divorce, it is important to seek legal counsel to determine what options you have.
Enforcement of Settlement Agreements
When divorcing spouses reach a settlement agreement, both parties have a legal obligation to abide by the terms of this agreement in regard to property division, child support, alimony and child custody. With our experience in family law, an attorney at our firm can help you take the appropriate actions to enforce the agreement.
Permanent alimony may be awarded by the court in some divorces, where one spouse is dependent on the other. In the past, permanent alimony was only awarded for marriages that lasted longer than 20 years; today it may be awarded in marriages lasting 14 years or even less.
Marital property, property owned by both spouses, may be subject to equitable distribution in a Florida divorce. This means it may be subject to division between spouses in a fair and equitable manner, not necessarily a 50/50 split.
Protecting our clients' legal rights to property is an important part of the divorce representation that our firm provides. We can help you ascertain what is joint and what is separate property and can then protect your rights to that property.
Recovery of Attorney's Fees
In order to protect spouses who are at a financial disadvantage in a divorce, state law allows for the recovery of attorney's fees in some cases. The higher income spouse may be responsible for paying for part or all of the lower income spouse's legal counsel.
Alimony is a key issue to be resolved in a divorce. In some cases, rehabilitative alimony may be awarded when one of the spouses needs financial support on a temporary basis, until he or she is able to support him or herself.
Relocation of Children
In a situation where parents share custody of a child or when one parent has primary custody, moving more than 50 miles away from the other parent makes it necessary to get court permission. Moving away without permission may be considered a violation of a court order, which may have serious repercussions.
Transitional alimony is a type of alimony that involves the dependent spouse receiving a one-time payment from the other spouse in order to make the transition from married to single life.
In a case where a parent is not rewarded custody of their child; the parent may seek visitation rights in order to maintain a meaningful relationship with their child. In some cases, a grandparent may seek visitation as well.
Take this opportunity to learn more about your particular case and how our firm can assist you. Contact a Tampa divorce lawyer today!