If you and your spouse have not agreed upon all issues and there are financial issues at stake and/or children involved, it’s important to consult with an attorney who can advise you on decisions that will impact you and your children for the rest of your life.
Affordable Divorce Center’s attorneys will aggressively protect your interests, analyze your claims and those of your spouse, and determine the best strategy and course of action for you now and in the future.
Low-cost representation programs and payment plans are available for all budgets. We offer low-cost, flat fee programs for cases with no children involved and we’ll even refund the unused portion of your retainer in cases involving children.
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If one party does not agree to the terms of the divorce
If one party does not agree to the terms of the divorce a judge will ultimately have to decide. Most times, mediation is helpful to work out differences and the court will make the parties attend mediation.
If assets and debts need to be divided
We will help negotiate how assets and debts are divided. There are creative ways to divide marital assets and debts.
If parties do not agree regarding alimony/spousal support
Alimony is determined by Florida Statutes. If at mediation the parties cannot agree, then a judge will have to determine if alimony is appropriate after considering all of the factors set forth in the statute.
If parties may not agree on parental responsibility, co-parenting and a timesharing schedule
If you are not successful resolving the issues of related to the children at mediation, then the court will decide. The court will look at what is in the best interest of the children when making its decision and that is when our experienced family law attorney will assist you in court.
If parties do not agree to child support
Child support is calculated by the income of the parties, the number of overnights each parent has and the cost of daycare/aftercare and health insurance. If the parties do not agree at mediation, the court will run child support guidelines and order one party to make payments to the other party if appropriate.
If there’s domestic violence involved
Domestic violence is usually handled outside of a divorce case. If you need an injunction against your spouse because of domestic violence, our attorney can assist you. The court may enter a temporary injunction and schedule a hearing to determine if the temporary injunction should be extended.
If one or more of the children has special needs
If one of your children has special needs, the court can make a determination that child support should continue past the child turning 18.
If one or more of the parties is receiving disability income or benefits
All income is used in determining child support and/or spousal support. While some benefits may not be subject to division, the income will be used to determine support.
If one or more of the parties is self employed income, it may be necessary to hire an accountant.
Self-employment can be challenging and difficult when determining a person’s income.
If one or more of the parties desires to relocate with the children
If the parties agree, relocation can be included in a settlement agreement. If the parties do not agree, the person seeking to relocate out of the state with minor children must file a petition to relocate. The court will decide if relocation is in the best interest of the children.
If you’re seeking retroactive spousal or child support
The parties can agree to retroactive support. If an agreement cannot be reached, the court can award retroactive child support and/or alimony going back two years. The same formulas explained above will be used to determine the amount.
If you’re seeking enforcement of an existing Court Order
If an order has already been entered and one party is not following the order, then you can file a motion for contempt and/or enforcement. The party that is not following the order can be held in contempt. Depending on the nature of the noncompliance, the court was wide latitude in sanctioning the non-compliant party including payment of attorney’s fees and costs.
If you want to obtain an Income Withholding Order
An income withholding order is used for child support and/or alimony. Instead of the party who is ordered to pay paying the other party directly, the money is taken directly out of a person’s paycheck and sent through the State Disbursement Unit. Our attorney will prepare an Income Withholding Order if you want one.
If you want to properly calculate child support
Our staff will run child support guidelines. The formula is set forth in Florida Statutes and is determined by the income of the parties the number of overnights each parent has and the cost of daycare/aftercare and health insurance.
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It is strongly advised to hire an attorney as soon as you’ve been served and as early as possible, so that your attorney has adequate time within those 20 days to file an Answer. Most people hire a lawyer to represent them in the immediate days after getting served, and it is advised to do so as early as possible so that the attorney has adequate time to file the Answer.
Yes, one of the parties must be a Florida resident for at least 6 months prior to the filing of your Petition.
Temporary alimony and child support can be awarded by the Court in many cases. We will analyze your needs and your spouse’s ability to pay, prepare the appropriate pleadings and make the necessary arrangements to get you temporary relief as soon as possible.
Child support is calculated based upon each party’s net incomes and the number of overnights each parent has with the child or children. It is advisable to have an attorney run the child support calculations to make sure you are paying or receiving the fair and accurate amount of support.
No, not necessarily. Again, it depends on each party’s incomes. If you and your spouse have equal incomes, then neither party would be responsible to pay child support. However, if one party makes significantly more income, then that party would have to pay child support.
No, in Florida, child support is considered the property of the child and not the parents, therefore, it cannot be waived.
Sole custody is no longer recognized the the State of Florida, however, you can ask for a majority of the timesharing with the child.
You should immediately consult with a reputable Florida attorney specializing in family law prior to removing your children from the state as there are significant legal requirements and deadlines that must be met. Otherwise, you could face serious criminal charges if you remove your children without going through the proper legal steps.
Alimony is determined by a number of factors, such as the need for it by one party and the ability to pay by the other. Generally, the longer the marriage, the more likely alimony will have to be paid, especially if there is a substantial disparity in the spouse’s incomes. Florida alimony laws are likely to be revised in the near future, so it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney to determine if your alimony status.
Generally, assets and liabilities that are acquired during the marriage are considered marital in nature. Premarital assets can also be considered marital if the other spouse is added to the title after the marriage.
If your spouse was spending marital money on his/her lover, you may be able to claim dissipation of marital assets and ask the Court to credit you for the amount of money your spouse spent on his/her lover.
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