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Founded in 1997 we are experienced and knowledgeable Tampa attorneys practicing exclusively in Divorce, Family, Stepparent/Relative Adoption, Criminal Defense, and Personal Bankruptcy. We practice primarily in the cities of Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Carrollwood, Northdale, North Tampa, Plant City as well as Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County. We have offices conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay. Our lawyers have extensive experience practicing in contested and uncontested divorces, including military divorces, and family law, child support, child custody and visitation, relocation of children, alimony, domestic violence, distribution of assets and debts, retirement/pensions (military and private), enforcement and modification of final judgments, paternity actions, adoptions and name changes as well as criminal defense. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options. Please call us at 813-672-1900 or email us at info@familymaritallaw.com to schedule a consultation. Our representation of our clients reflects our dedication to them. We look forwarding to hearing from you! Se habla Español.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

What Are Five Fast Facts About Filing for Divorce in Florida?

Every divorce case will involve legal issues that must be resolved. Like all other states throughout the country, Florida has specific laws governing the divorce process. It is important to know what these laws are before entering the process so you can know what to expect and how to prepare for your case. If you are considering divorce, below are five fast facts about divorce in the Sunshine State you should know.

Florida is a No-Fault Divorce State

Since 1971, Florida has been a no-fault divorce state. Any spouse can file for divorce by stating the marital relationship has broken down and there is little chance of reconciliation. When filing for divorce, spouses do not have to prove their spouse was responsible for the breakdown in the marriage. Likewise, a spouse can get a divorce even when their spouse does not agree to it.

Florida Law has Residency Requirements

To get a divorce in Florida, you must live within the state. At least one spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months. Spouses must also file for divorce in the county in which they reside and can prove a physical address. The petition can also be filed in the county the couple lived in as a married couple.

You Can File for Divorce Even if You Cannot Locate Your Spouse

Sometimes, a couple separates for a long period of time before they decide to finalize that separation. During that time, one or both spouses may move, perhaps even out of state and their spouse no longer knows where they live. If you do not know where your spouse lives, you must make a good faith attempt at locating them. After an attempt to find them, you can still get a divorce if you cannot find your spouse.

You Can Keep Non-Marital Property After Divorce

It is true that property is divided in a divorce, but that only refers to marital property. Marital property includes any property you and your spouse acquired together during the marriage. Non-marital property, on the other hand, includes assets and liabilities you brought with you into the marriage. A Florida family lawyer can help you determine what property is subject to property division.

The Court May Order Mediation

Family law courts are notorious for being back-logged, and judges typically want couples to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom when possible. Due to this, the court may order that you try mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods before entering litigation.

Our Florida Family Lawyers Want to Help with Your Case

It is important to know the laws that govern divorce in Florida before entering into the process. In addition to the above laws, there are many others as well and it is helpful to work with a Tampa family lawyer when going through the process. At All Family Law Group, P.A., we can answer all of your questions, explain the law as it applies to your case, and help you obtain the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 or fill out our online form to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys.

Monday, August 30, 2021

How Can A Lawyer Help when Divorcing a Difficult Spouse?

 

Divorce is difficult enough when the two spouses try to work together to come to the best possible terms. However, when one spouse is extremely difficult to work with, the entire process becomes even more challenging. When your spouse refuses to work with you, it is easy to think that the divorce will inevitably take a long time and cost you more money than necessary.

Fortunately, this is not true, but it will become even more important that you work with a divorce lawyer. An attorney will know how to deal with the issues that are more likely to arise when you are divorcing a difficult spouse.

Dealing with an Unpredictable Spouse

It is impossible to predict what will happen in a divorce case, but an unpredictable spouse can make it even more so. If a spouse is dealing with a mental illness or substance abuse problems, they may not show up at mediation sessions or important court hearings. A lawyer will advise on whether certain options such as mediation are right for you, or whether you need to go to court and let a judge decide how to deal with an unpredictable spouse.

Dealing with a Spiteful Spouse

It is not uncommon for a spouse to go through the divorce process feeling spiteful. Your spouse may blame you for the divorce and anything else that is going wrong in their life, and they may try to make the process as difficult as possible. A lawyer will know how to overcome these obstacles. For example, if your spouse is so spiteful that they stalk you or harass you, a lawyer will know how to obtain an injunction, or a restraining order, so the behavior does not impact your life on the same level.

Dealing with Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is one of the most hurtful things that can happen during and after divorce proceedings. When one spouse alienates a child from their other parent, they may tell them things that are untrue or take other actions to turn the child against the other parent.

The courts take parental alienation very seriously and a lawyer will know this. If your spouse tries to alienate your child from you, a lawyer will raise this issue in court and it may even work in your favor. For example, a judge may award your spouse less parenting time, and you more, when they have tried to alienate your child from you.

Dealing with a Deceptive Spouse

Spouses often try to hide assets and other information to gain a favorable outcome in court. When they do, a lawyer will know the tactics to use to uncover the information so the process is fair for both of you. For example, if your spouse hides assets, a lawyer can reach out to a forensic accountant that will uncover the assets so you receive your fair share.

Our Florida Divorce Lawyers are Here to Help with Your Case

Regardless of whether your spouse is going to cooperate during the divorce process or not, our Tampa divorce lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. can help. We know the tactics difficult spouses use to delay the process, and we also know how to overcome them so you can move forward in your new life as quickly as possible. Call us today at 813-672-1900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Se habla Español.

Monday, August 23, 2021

How Can An Arrest Affect Your Custody Rights?

 

A criminal record will affect your life in many different ways. You may not be able to find employment, you may have trouble finding housing, and your reputation may suffer, as well. While these are many of the consequences a person first thinks of when they are arrested, they may not consider other impacts an arrest can have on their life. One of these impacts is how an arrest or criminal conviction can negatively affect child custody arrangements. It is important for anyone with a child custody situation to work with a lawyer, but it is critical when you have been arrested or have been criminally convicted.

Criminal Convictions and Family Courts in Florida

In Florida, child custody cases are heard in front of a family court judge. Even when the parents have come to an agreement on child custody decisions, a judge must still approve the arrangement. When one parent has an arrest or criminal conviction on their record, a judge will take that into consideration when making decisions on child custody. This does not mean though, that parents are always denied child custody when they have a criminal record. The factors a judge will consider are as follows:

  • The nature and severity of the crime,
  • The age of the individual at the time of their conviction,
  • The type of sentence served and the length of the sentence,
  • The number of arrests on a person’s criminal record and the number of arrests and convictions on a person’s record,
  • The age of the victim, the impact the crime had on the victim, and the nature of the relationship between the victim and the offender

While all of the above are very important factors, the one a judge will weigh the most heavily is the nature and severity of the crime. For example, if a person has been convicted of domestic violence, a judge may not award them any child custody, particularly if the victim was the child or the mother of the child.

How will an Arrest Affect Child Custody?

It is impossible to say with any certainty what will happen with child custody decisions when a parent has been convicted of a crime. When a parent has been arrested but not convicted, it is even more difficult to say how that arrest will impact child custody. Like criminal convictions, if a person was arrested for domestic violence or a DUI, a judge may not award child custody to the arrested parent until their criminal case has been resolved. Like criminal convictions, how an arrest will impact child custody decisions is largely left to the discretion of the judge.

Our Florida Family Lawyers Can Help with Your Custody Case

Issues surrounding child custody are always complicated, but when one parent has been arrested or convicted, it makes things even more complex. At All Family Law Group, P.A., our Tampa family lawyers can advise on your criminal charges and how they will impact your child custody issues. Call us today at 813-672-1900 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our seasoned attorneys.  Se habla Español.

Monday, June 14, 2021

How Can I Obtain a Fair Alimony Payment?

 Alimony is one of the most contentious aspects in any divorce case. After all, no one wants to pay their former spouse for months or years after the divorce is finalized, even if the split was amicable. It is important that anyone going through a divorce understands how to negotiate a fair settlement, so you do not end up paying more than you should, or receiving less than you deserve.

Document Your Finances

Evidence of your finances can help you build a strong case for your need for alimony, or to show what you are realistically able to pay. Document your assets, income, and expenses. Also provide detailed documentation about the assets you and your spouse own together and acquired during the marriage. Your divorce lawyer can also subpoena documents about your spouse’s employment, such as overtime, bonuses, and paid vacation time. These documents can be used to show that you need a certain amount of alimony, or that your spouse does not need as much as they are claiming.

Create a Budget

A budget is a great tool that will help you keep your finances on track after a divorce. Creating a budget prior to the divorce though, can also help you secure a better alimony settlement. For example, if your budget will be higher because you are going back to school to pursue a better education, it will help you justify a higher alimony payment. Likewise, if you can show that you will be in financial hardship after the divorce, this can help you secure a higher alimony settlement.

Consider the Timing

Alimony can be paid in a number of different ways. If your spouse is making a one-time payment, you have to consider whether or not it will cover all of your expenses for the first few months after the divorce is finalized. Sometimes, it can take time to get back on your feet, and you want to ensure you will have the financial support you may need.

While considering whether or not alimony will provide the support you will need, also think about when you will start receiving your alimony payments. It can take several months, and sometimes even years, before a divorce is finalized. If it will take some time to receive your first payment, you also do not want to make financial commitments, such as a lease, until you have the money that will help you pay for it.

Call a Florida Family Law Attorney

The best way to secure a fair alimony settlement is to work with a Tampa family law attorney that can negotiate with the other side for you. If you are getting a divorce and think you will need alimony, or that you will need to defend against an unfair request, our attorneys at All Family Law Group, P.A. can help. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.

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