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:
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 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.
Spousal support payments, or alimony, may be ordered by the court. Factors in determining alimony payments include—
Florida law also describes different categories of 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.
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.
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—
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—
Tampa firm Westchase Law, P.A. represents your interests to ensure that there is equitable distribution of property.
Our firm represents clients in seeking or defending against Domestic Violence Injunctions.
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.
Either the father or mother may initiate a proceeding to establish paternity.
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.
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.
For help with family law matters or estate planning from a Florida attorney, please contact Westchase Law P.A., a private law firm.