Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn and family issues arise, leaving you to navigate a divorce, a custody dispute, or some other painful personal situation. These issues may be the most difficult times in your life, but that’s why lawyers at Fields Legal are here to help. Our family law attorneys represent individuals in all stages of family and domestic litigation. We’ll help you when your interests and those of your children are at stake.
What Is Family Law?
Family law is a legal practice area focused around issues involving family members or family relationships, including divorce or child custody. But it also encompasses adoption, emancipation, foster care, reproductive issues, and much more. State laws dictate rules and procedures for most of these matters, and family law lawyers help clients navigate these often complex issues.
How Our Family Law Lawyers Can Help
Fields Legal attorneys routinely handle divorce proceedings, premarital agreements or prenups, paternity issues, custody and child support matters, alimony and spousal support, protective orders, restraining orders, and community property partitions. Our team is well-trained with a focus on in-court litigation, but we always explore and employ alternative resolutions and methods to resolve family issues in the most efficient and effective manner possible for all family members involved. When your family’s future is at stake, you can trust us to assist you with all aspects of your case.
Is the marriage irretrievably broken? Only you or a Judge can decide if this is the case. Florida is a no-fault divorce state. This means if you want a divorce, you can get one.
This can be a separate claim different from filing for divorce. Although it is rarely used, persons can seek support without asking for a divorce. This is used if there are religious or personal reasons for not seeking a divorce. However, the person who is being sued for spousal support usually will file a counterclaim and ask for the divorce.
All parents owe a duty to support their children through the age of 18 or upon graduating from high school. Child support must be calculated in accordance with Florida’s statutes, which contain a mathematical formula for calculating this obligation. It is based on income and certain child related expenses. The number of overnights that the child spends with each parent also affects the calculations.
This is the new terminology for visitation rights. With few exceptions, parents have joint custody of their children with provisions made for visitation. Many court jurisdictions have standardized timesharing or visitation schedules.
This is the splitting up of assets and debts acquired during the marriage. The Judge must start off with a 50-50 distribution of both assets and debts. Although there are circumstances in which the 50-50 split is not followed. Those circumstances are very unique and unusual.
Termination of Parental Rights
Bad or abusive parents can lose their rights to be a parent. However, they can also still be held responsible for child support. Each case is unique and there are no set limits on what a Judge can do to remedy a situation.
Either parent can file a lawsuit to determine parental rights and obligations. They can also demand a paternity test to make sure that the man is actually the father. The same child support calculations must always be made. Timesharing or visitation must also be determined.
Dependency and Child Neglect
There are circumstances when a parent does something or fails to do something that requires supervision by a Judge. Usually, the action of the parent is not severe enough that there rights are terminated. However, that is always an option that the Judge can use if the parent refuses to follow the Judge’s rulings.
Protection from Abuse
Men and women can be abused by their partners or spouses. The abuse can be emotional, mental, or physical. Usually, the abuse must be physical for a Judge to intervene. However, restraining orders can be granted for a variety of reasons. Each case is unique.
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If you or a loved one is in need of an experienced Family Law attorney, our lawyers at Fields Legal can help. We are committed to guiding the people whom we represent through the legal process with experience and personal attention.
Our firm has a strong track record of getting optimal results for our clients.
Our offices are conveniently located in West Palm Beach. Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Family Law attorney. You can reach us at our West Palm Beach location at 561.832.5655.
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