Tampa Divorce Lawyers
The process of ending a marriage can be a stressful experience for everyone in the family. You need a compassionate attorney with the skills to develop the best possible plan to address your financial and emotional needs as you and your children start a new life. Westchase Law, P.A. is recognized within the Tampa community as a firm that provides quality legal services in an ethical, responsible, and cost-effective manner. We offer full support for our clients, and we treat adversaries and their counsel with respect.
The settlement issues
In relatively short-term marriages with no children, divorce can be achieved through a simplified petition—and little stress. But for most couples, ending a marriage requires negotiating changes to virtually every aspect of life to ensure both spouses and their children can move forward in the most effective way possible. Whenever possible, our Tampa divorce lawyers help clients reduce stress by negotiating a settlement of divorce issues such as the following:
- Property division: As an equitable distribution state, Florida attempts to divide marital property fairly between both spouses. Our attorneys help you prepare a detailed accounting of all marital and non-marital assets to protect the rights of our clients. Learn more >>
- Alimony: Also known as spousal support, the law supports alimony only when it can be established that one spouse needs financial assistance to continue living at a level similar to how he or she lived within the marriage. The law does not favor either party in a divorce—decisions are based on factors such as the ability to earn a reasonable income and the mix of assets and debt of each spouse.
- Care for the children: According to Florida law, custody and visitation decisions are based solely on the best interests of the children.
- Attorney fees: Both spouses need an experienced divorce attorney. But stay-at-home parents are just one example of situations when one spouse is financially dependent on the other and unable to afford legal assistance. When you bring your issues to a Tampa divorce lawyer at Westchase Law, PA, we can file a motion requesting that your spouse be compelled to pay your attorney fees.
Recent changes to the law can affect your settlement
Tampa attorneys at Westchase Law, P.A. keep up to date with the changes in Florida. For instance, Florida divorce law underwent several important changes in 2010 that can affect the settlement in your divorce:
- Alimony: The length of the marriage (short term, moderate term, or long term) is specifically defined and now plays a role in the amount of alimony that may be paid after divorce. And the alimony schedule may be reduced after a defined length of time without the need to return to court for modification. Additionally, new forms of alimony have been defined: bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and durational alimony. Each form has a different set of rules pertaining to requirements, length of alimony period, and modifiability.
- Child Custody: Florida law has made some changes to child custody law designed to equalize the importance of both parents and better address the needs of the children. Terminology has changed—visitation is now called time-sharing, and primary and secondary residential parents and custodial parents are now referred to simply as parents. The state now requires comprehensive parenting plans that spell out the details, such as the extent to which a parent may delegate responsibility to third parties, the ability of each parent to be flexible when changes are required, and responsiveness to long-distance relationships.
The Tampa divorce lawyers at Westchase Law, P.A are vigilant for all changes in the law that can have a major effect on the future of your entire family.
Get skilled legal support from understanding divorce attorneys in Tampa
For the compassionate and professional attention you need, contact Westchase Law, P.A., a private law firm in Tampa. During your initial consultation, we assess your case and help you understand your legal options.