Divorce is a complex area of law that incorporates not only the law, but also the raw emotions of splitting up with a spouse that you were married to for years. When children are involved, there is also the Parenting Plan to take into consideration. Are the kids older and better to adapt to a week on week off schedule, or are they younger and might need a different type of schedule. These are issues that only an experienced divorce attorney could assist and guide you on these matters.
Separation of a married couple in Florida simply means the married couple lives apart indefinitely. Florida does not recognize legal separation. In Florida cohabiting parties can file for divorce and can still be living together at the time of, and even after, entry of final judgment.
A person's obligation to support his or her spouse and children does not change upon separation however, child time-sharing and child-support obligations are triggered by separation and should be dealt with immediately upon separation.
Our skilled attorneys help clients to end their marriage with as little stress as possible, but when the situation demands litigation, we won't hesitate to fight for your rights in court. Whether your breakup is contested or amicable, we provide comprehensive support for:
Divorce -- We handle the divorce process so that your rights are protected and you can move forward with confidence.
Spousal support -- Whether you seek spousal support, also known as alimony, on a permanent or temporary basis or must pay it, JLP Legal will help you establish and determine spousal support payments, whether you must pay alimony or will receive it.
Child support -- A number of factors are used to calculate child support payments, from each parent's income to each child's particular needs. We will seek an order that's fair to all parties.
Child custody and visitation -- Court orders determine where your child will live, how parenting time will be split and to what degree each parent gets to make decisions about their child's life.
Distribution of property -- The division of your home and other assets often depends on whether property is owned by a couple or by just one spouse. We will press for a fair division of the marital estate.
Division of marital debts -- We will help in determining which debts should be shared and which should be the responsibility of one spouse.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements -- We draft and review prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that protect your interests and can alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty should you ever divorce.
Mediation may be useful in helping you and your partner to achieve amicable agreements about issues involving your children, property and finances. When it is impossible to find solutions on which both parties can agree, however, you can depend on us to advocate for your best interests in court. As skilled negotiators and tough litigators, we won't rest until we've reached a reasonable outcome.