Full Service, Affordable Family Lawyers & Divorce Lawyers Near Tampa, Florida
It is important that your family law attorney is someone who is both experienced in your specific case type and passionate about your case being resolved in your favor. My Price Lawyers represent clients in a variety of family legal processes, including:
- Divorce and Legal Separation
- Property Division
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Estate Planning
An affordable family law attorney with My Price Lawyers may also be able to assist clients with adoption, grandparent visitation, and guardianship issues. Call us today at (888) 473-6137 to learn more.
Divorce, Legal Separation and Property Division
Divorce and separation are a convoluted and highly emotional legal matter for most married couples. If you choose to petition for a divorce, you should make certain that your marriage meets the justification for divorce as dictated by state law. If your reasons for divorce meet the requirements of Florida state law, then you or your family lawyer must file a divorce complaint and summons with the court. This summons must then be served to your spouse.
In addition, you and your spouse will need to come to a decision on how property will be divided, whether or not alimony is appropriate, with whom your children will reside, and more. An accomplished family lawyer who specializes in divorce cases knows most couples cannot settle these issues agreeably without anyone else, so hearings are often necessary. Amid this hearing, a judge will hear both spouses’ sides and then issue a lawfully binding court order.
Should a couple choose to divorce or separate, one spouse may be entitled to receive spousal support payments, which are referred to as alimony. Typically, the court will rule for the financially independent spouse to pay the financially dependent spouse alimony if the court deems the alimony payment to be fair and just after considering all relevant factors.
In the state of Florida, a court may consider the following factors when determining alimony:
- Marital misconduct of either spouse;
- Duration of the marriage;
- Earning of each spouse and earning capacities;
- Assets and liabilities of each spouse;
- Contribution of each spouse to the other;
- Custody of children/child support obligations;
- Standard of living of each spouse;
- Property of each spouse brought to the marriage;
- Contributions as a homemaker;
- Education of each spouse;
- Emotional, physical, and mental conditions of both spouses;
- Needs of each spouse; and
- Tax consequences of an alimony order.
Should either spouse be found guilty of forbidden sexual activity that occurred during the marriage or prior to the official date of separation, this will greatly affect the ability of the dependent spouse and their divorce attorney, specializing in family law, to win an alimony award.
Child Custody and Visitation
A family law attorney with My Price Lawyers will guide you through the entire child custody and child support process and advocate on your behalf. Our family law attorneys can even help you enforce a child support order should the non-custodial parent refuse to pay or stops paying child support. Our family lawyer will get you the financial support you are entitled to under the law.
Don’t live in fear over whether or not you will be able to get custody of your child. Contact us to speak with a family law attorney who will provide you more insight on family law, child custody, child support orders and modifications, and visitation rights.
It is important to establish paternity as soon as possible after a child is born. If the mother is not married at the time the child is born, paternity may be established voluntarily or through an order of the court. Paternity gives both parents the legal right to get a child support order, get a court order for shared custody and have a say in any decisions made concerning the child.
Until paternity is legally established by the father, the mother has dominion over making any and all decisions concerning the child. A few of the most commonways to establish paternity are through a blood test, a signed birth certificate, declaration of paternity on a government-issued form, and financial support of the child for an extended period of time. Your family law attorney will provide you with a full understanding of paternity and the importance of establishing paternity, as well as help you to establish paternity.
In most instances the non-custodial parent is responsible for making child support payments. A court determines child support based on the individual needs of the child, the assets and income of both parents, the child’s standard of living and other relevant factors. A child support order cannot be issued without first establishing paternity.
Several married couples make the decision to form a premarital agreement (also referred to as a prenuptial agreement) that details what will happen should the couple choose to divorce or separate in the future. Typically, this includes how property will be divided and shared, as well as what the alimony payment will be and more. Premarital agreements can cover just about every aspect except for the two spouse’s legal rights regarding child custody and child support. Rights regarding a child cannot be addressed in a prenuptial agreement.
Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, and More
Nearly everyone has an estate. An estate refers to all the items you own, such as your vehicle(s), checking and savings account, real estates, investments, home furniture and other personal possessions. An estate even includes life insurance.
Estate planning begins with a will or living trust and involves making a plan in advance so that your wishes are carried out when you pass away. There should be instructions left on whom you want to receive specific items from your estate and when they should receive it. Having these instructions left helps prevent arguments and legal fights between family members.
Our network of affordable will and probate attorneys can help with estate planning under all circumstances, including:
- Planning for unmarried partners
- Planning when terminally ill
- Planning later in life
Estate planning is for everyone, but too many people don’t plan. The perfect time to make your estate plan is now. It does not have to be a complex and expensive estate plan. Start with what you can afford, such as a will, term life insurance and a power of attorney. It’s one of the most thoughtful and considerate things you can do for yourself and your loved ones.
It is important to remember that your will may not cover everything. Anything not included in your instructions for estate disbursement may end up in probate, a process that rarely works in the favor of beneficiaries. You can help your beneficiaries avoid a lengthy probate process by leaving clear and detailed instructions on what you would like done with your person and belongings following death. Having a skilled estate planning lawyer on your side is one of the best ways to make sure all of your affairs are in order.
Contact us today to speak with a family law attorney who will help you better understand estate planning and the estate planning process, so you can get started as soon as possible.