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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 EspaƱol.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

How Long does Divorce Take in Florida?

When a couple is going through a divorce, they typically want it finalized as quickly as possible. Florida divorce attorneys are regularly asked how long the divorce process takes. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. Every case is unique and presents different challenges and situations. How long a divorce will take depends on many factors. Two of the main factors are whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, and how complex certain issues are, such as division of property. Generally speaking, most divorce cases take between three months and two years.
Uncontested Divorces
Uncontested divorces are the least complex and easiest of all divorce cases. In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on every single aspect of the divorce. However, they must agree on all terms. If the two parties have a dispute on even one of the terms in the divorce, such as child custody, it becomes a contested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, both sides are also typically very cooperative.
Uncontested divorce cases are in the minority, as couples typically tend to disagree on at least one issue in most divorces. That being said, these cases take typically three weeks to prepare, and a divorce attorney can file them instantly. Still, couples must wait approximately three months to get a hearing. At the hearing, a judge will finalize the terms of the divorce and the couple will be declared officially divorced. This process in total, takes approximately four months.
Contested Divorces
Contested divorces take much longer before they are finalized. They typically take about 12 months before the process is complete. When a divorce is lightly contested, meaning there are few disagreements that can be easily overcome, a contested divorce will take approximately four months to one year before they are finalized. When the divorce is heavily contested, meaning there are many disagreements that are difficult to overcome, a contested divorce can take as long as two years before it is finalized.
There is good news, though, for those going through an uncontested divorce. In Florida, all contested divorces are required to go through mediation before litigation. The point of mediation is to get the couple to come to a settlement agreement before going to litigation. A mediator facilitates discussions and tries to get each spouse to compromise and come to a decision that is agreeable to both of them. Most divorce cases do settle during mediation. When this is the case, the divorce can be finalized in five to eight months.
Need Help with Your Divorce? Call Our Florida Divorce Attorneys
Going through a divorce is a stressful experience. It’s not surprising that those going through it want it to be over as quickly as possible. One way to ensure a divorce will proceed more quickly is to work with a Tampa divorce attorney. At All Family Law Group, PA, we can negotiate effectively with the other side to ensure your divorce proceeds as swiftly as possible. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 for your free consultation so we can review your case and answer any other questions you may have.
Resource:
leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0044/0044.html

Friday, October 18, 2019

Why are High Net Worth Divorces so Complicated?

Any couple going through a divorce is going to find the process stressful, and perhaps even a little bit complicated. When the couple getting the divorce has a high net worth, it’s even more challenging. Issues such as property division, child support, and alimony all revolve around worth and assets. This means that during any high net worth divorce, these are the issues that are going to be the most complex and many times, even the most contentious.
Property Division Issues in High Net Worth Divorces
Property division is one of the most heated issues in any divorce, and it’s no different in those involving a high net worth couple. Individuals with a high net worth typically have numerous assets. They own more than one home, vehicle, and often even have a business or two that must be divided during divorce proceedings. That means a high net worth divorce takes longer, and there are typically more arguments over the assets.
Florida is also an equitable distribution state, meaning the property is divided fairly, but not necessarily equally. Instead of simply dividing all the assets right down the middle and giving each party their share, judges must consider what is fair and just. With so many assets, that becomes tricky.
Alimony Issues in High Net Worth Divorces
Alimony is not awarded in every divorce case, but a judge is more likely to grant it in high net worth cases. This is often because one spouse has become accustomed to a certain standard of living, and they cannot afford to keep up that standard on their own. However, if the marriage involved infidelity that led to the divorce, a judge must also take that into consideration when determining alimony. Combining all of these factors, and many more, make alimony decisions very difficult.
Child Support Issues in High Net Worth Divorces
Under Florida law, parents are financially responsible for their children until a child is no longer considered a minor. Florida courts also expect that children will maintain the same standard of living after their parents are divorced that they did while the couple was still married. While the law has specific guidelines for determining the amount of child support a parent must pay, the scale ranges from $800 combined income to $10,000 combined income. When high net worth couples are worth more than this, judges must deviate from the guidelines, which makes it more difficult.
Do You Need Help with a High Net Worth Divorce? Call Our Florida Divorce Attorneys
If you have a high net worth and are considering divorce, it’s important to let a Tampa divorce attorney handle your case. These cases are far more complex than other divorces, which means they typically take longer and are more stressful for everyone involved. At All Family Law Group, our attorneys are aware of the issues these divorce cases present, and we have the experience to overcome them quickly and efficiently, so you can put your divorce behind you sooner. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 or email us to schedule your free consultation.
Resource:
flsenate.gov/laws/statutes/2012/61.30

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

How Does Domestic Violence Affect a Divorce?

Sadly, there are thousands of reported incidences of domestic violence every year in Tampa Bay. This can either be a civil domestic violence or a criminal domestic violence matter.  This sometimes leads to divorce, which can have a significant effect on a divorce settlement. During divorce proceedings, a judge will take allegations of domestic violence very seriously. They will weigh it as a factor when making decisions on child custody, spousal support, and property division. Below are the four main factors affected by domestic violence during a divorce.
How You Get Divorced
There is more than one way to get divorced in Florida. Mediation and collaborative divorce are two options that are faster and less costly than litigation. However, these methods of getting divorced aren’t usually suitable for cases involving domestic violence.
Collaborative divorces and mediation requires that the parties involved are amicable, and willing to reach a decision outside of the courtroom. These methods of divorce should also not include one party having significant power over the other. Due to these factors, most divorce cases involving domestic violence allegations go through litigation.
Child Custody Matters
When a judge is deciding on child custody matters, they will consider all factors and make their decision based on the best interests of the child. In most cases, this means allowing shared parental custody. However, judges will deviate from this when there is evidence that such an arrangement could hurt the child.
When a divorce involves a conviction for domestic violence, evidence of violence, or a history of behavior that threatens a child’s well-being, a judge may award sole custody on those grounds. That doesn’t necessarily mean a parent accused of domestic violence will never see their children. A judge will consider the safety needs of the child and the domestic violence victim and may try to arrange visitation time.
Spousal Support
Technically, judges do not take at-fault grounds into consideration when making decisions on spousal support. This means they will not necessarily consider domestic violence when awarding spousal support. However, they do take into consideration the physical and emotional well-being of each spouse, as well as their education and earning power. If any of these factors have been affected by domestic violence, a judge may award the victim more spousal support.
Property Division
Like spousal support, judges don’t take grounds for fault into consideration when making decisions on property division matters. However, also like spousal support, if one spouse sustained injuries or suffered financially as a result of domestic violence, a judge will consider these factors and could award more property to the abused spouse.
Do You Need Help? Call Our Florida Divorce Attorneys
If you need to get out of a bad situation, our Tampa divorce attorneys at All Family Law Group, PA, are here to help. We know how difficult any divorce is, but that cases involving domestic violence present their own unique challenges. We can guide you through those to get your divorce finalized as quickly as possible so you can begin your new life. Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. for a free consultation.
Resource:
leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0061/0061.html