Family Law

The right legal help is crucial to your family case.

Divorce

In Florida, a divorce is referred to as a Dissolution of Marriage. Florida recognizes two grounds for divorce:

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Child Custody

Florida law no longer recognizes the term custody of a child. Instead, the law requires a Parenting Plan which governs the relationship between the child and parent and includes a time-sharing schedule which specifies the times the minor child will spend with each parent.

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Child Support

The Law requires that a parent provide support for his or her child. The amount of child support to be paid is determined by guidelines provided by Florida Law and is found in Florida Statute 61.30.

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Visitation / Time-Sharing

Florida law favors a time-sharing schedule where a minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents.

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Relocation of Children

Circumstances may arise that require a parent of a minor child to change his or her principal place of residence from that which existed at the time of the last court order establishing or modifying time-sharing. Court action will be required if the new residence will be 50 miles or more from the current residence and if the change of location will be for at least 60 consecutive days.

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Paternity

A child born during a marriage is presumed to be the child of the husband. In some circumstances, this presumption can be rebutted by introducing evidence to the contrary.

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Modification of Orders

New circumstances may arise after a final judgment or final order. In family law, almost all final orders or judgments can be modified. If the parties do not agree to the change, the party seeking the change may apply to the court by the filing of a Motion with the court for a Modification.  All modification concerning a minor child must be in the child's best interest.

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Injunctions

If you are the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, repeat violence, stalking or sexual violence you can obtain an injunction. An injunction is also commonly referred to as a restraining order.

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Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements

Also referred to as a Premarital Agreement, A Pre-Nuptial Agreement is an Agreement between two individuals prior to their marriage and in contemplation of it. This agreement typically addresses issues such as property distribution, support and financial distribution in the event of separation or divorce.

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Adoptions – Second-Parent & Stepparent

For many same-sex couples, a second-parent adoption is the only option for both parents to have legally recognized rights to the child. When same-sex couples co-parent, the legal parent is often the one with the biological connection to the child.  A second-parent adoption allows the parent who is not biologically related to the child to adopt the child.

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