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Tampa Family and Marital Law and Estate Planning

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Divorce, alimony, child custody, and support proceedings can be distressing. We listen to your concerns so we can help you achieve your goals. Westchase Law, P.A. works aggressively on your behalf to meet your objectives and to secure the rights that you are entitled to by law.

Westchase Law, P.A. provides clear and supportive legal guidance in highly personal areas of law:

  • Alimony
  • Child custody
  • Visitation/time-sharing
  • Child support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Modification
  • Paternity
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Prenuptial and antenuptial agreements

We are dedicated to ensuring our clients receive support in accordance with the most current state laws. But we recognize the emotionally charged nature of any family law issue. We maintain a strong focus on the human side to offer full support for all needs of our clients and present the most amicable solutions possible to achieve the needs of our clients.

Florida family and marital law

Attorneys’ fees

Florida divorce law ensures that people who are finanically dependent on their spouses can still afford to hire a divorce lawyer.  If you cannot afford an attorney, we file a motion asking the judge to compel your spouse to pay your attorney’s fees.  This request is commonly granted, especially when we demonstrate that your spouse has the greater ability to pay for legal services.

Alimony

Spousal support payments, or alimony, may be ordered by the court.  Factors in determining alimony payments include—

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Financial contribution of each person to the marriage
  • Present financial resources of both parties
  • Established standard of living during the marriage

Florida law also describes different categories of alimony:

  • Permanent periodic alimony
  • Rehabilitative alimony
  • Transitional alimony
  • Lump sum alimony
  • Temporary alimony

Westchase Law, P.C. assesses your situation, and urges the divorce court judge to order the type and amount of alimony that is appropriate for your needs.

Child custody

When establishing child custody in Florida the Court will consider the best interests of the child. We advocate for our clients during the pendency of the case and for final judgments to achieve a parenting plan that establishes the roles of each parent in the education of your child, the Health care of your child, and the Overall well-being of your child.

The parenting plan must also propose a time-sharing schedule. Our Tampa divorce lawyer works with you, your spouse, and your spouse’s counsel to establish an amicable plan. Often times parties can arrive at a parenting plan that addresses these issues in mediation in an effort to reduce litigation costs.

Child support

Florida law establishes statutory guidelines. We help our clients to understand the respective obligations of each spouse under Florida law. Florida child support awards are based in part on the net income of the parents. In some cases income deduction orders can be sought to ensure that payments are made on time and in full. In most cases, these amounts are straightforward and are not subject to challenge. However, our Tampa law firm helps ensure that—

  • You receive your payments on time and in full
  • Special needs of the child are taken into account when the award is made
  • Expenses not covered by insurance are reimbursed

Divorce

When we help you through your divorce proceeding, we assist you in addressing shared or sole parental responsibility, child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, and equitable distribution. Equitable distribution of the marital property is not necessarily equal distribution. Florida divorce courts begin with the assumption that distribution should be equal, but the judge can make adjustments based on many factors, including—

  • The contribution to the marriage by each spouse
  • The economic circumstances of the parties
  • The duration of the marriage

Tampa firm Westchase Law, P.A. represents your interests to ensure that there is equitable distribution of property.

Domestic violence

Our firm represents clients in seeking or defending against Domestic Violence Injunctions.

Modification

Even after a divorce is final, the Final Judgment can be modified under certain circumstances. We assist clients in seeking a change in custody, permission to relocate his or her residence, an increase or decrease in child support or alimony, and in some cases termination of alimony.

Paternity

Either the father or mother may initiate a proceeding to establish paternity.

Termination of parental rights

In some cases, a parent can initiate a proceeding to terminate the parental rights of the other parent pending adoption of the child.

In all aspects of your divorce case, Westchase Law, P.A. is your advocate and advisor.

Prenuptial and antenuptial agreements

We draft prenuptial agreements that will protect individuals from uncertainty and determine the financial disposition of each party in the unfortunate event of a divorce. Sometimes, couples seek to enter into antenuptial agreements once married. In either event, complete disclosure of financial circumstances is necessary before your spouse can consent to waive his or her interest in your assets.

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  • Tampa Office
    12029 Whitmarsh Lane
    Tampa, Florida 33626
    Phone: 813-490-5211
    Fax: 813-441-8953
  • Downtown Tampa Office
    1219 North Franklin Street
    Tampa, Florida 33602
    Phone: 813-490-5211
    Fax: 504-581-7083
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