How to Navigate Substance Abuse in a Child Custody Case
Creating a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule that both parents agree on can be challenging. If parents cannot come to an agreement, the matter can be taken to court to be resolved. While in court, accusations of substance abuse may be brought up. Often, these allegations are made in an attempt to sway a judge’s ruling in the accuser’s favor.
Whether it’s ultimately founded or fabricated, the state of Florida court system will take the accusation seriously to make sure that no children are being put into a potentially unsafe situation.
Whether you have already started the divorce process or believe divorce is in your future, it is important to be as prepared as you can be for such a life-changing event. With over 40 years of combined experience with divorce law, we understand navigating this new chapter can be hard.
To make it easier for couples looking for help, we’ve compiled the most important things to keep in mind when you’re going through this transition.
It can be tempting to forego consulting a lawyer when preparing for a divorce, but representing yourself in any legal matter is not as easy as it may sound. Those who choose to represent themselves in legal procedures without the aid of an attorney are known as “pro se”.
Although you have the right to represent yourself in a court of law, many do not understand that choosing to do so means that the courts will expect you to follow the same rules and procedures that an attorney must follow.
Courts in Tampa and throughout Florida apply the principal of equitable distribution when dividing the assets and debts between husbands and wives during a divorce. Before the assets and debts are equitably divided, it is necessary to first determine what assets and debts are nonmarital and which are marital.
Generally, any asset and debt acquired during the marriage is considered marital and subject to equitable distribution between spouses. Under certain circumstances there can be exceptions in equitable distribution, these can include inheritance, gifts received by one spouse from someone other than their spouse and assets or debts that existed before the parties were married.
Most people that have been through a divorce will tell you that during the divorce process they made many mistakes. Some heart-wrenching and some financially costly. The good news is that you can easily avoid many of the most common mistakes that people make.
If you are going through a divorce and overwhelmed with emotions, please know you are not alone. Divorce is an emotionally trying time for everyone. It can seem overwhelming when first presented with this new reality, or be tempting to take action without actual consideration of the future results, but it’s important to approach the process with a clear head.
With over 40 years of combined experience, we’ve had plenty of time to learn what helps and hurts people in a divorce. Were are our top 5 things we want you to know when you’re going through a divorce:
Learn the Best Qualities Every Attorney Should Have
There are so many good lawyers in a given county that are all working hard to help people navigate through the laws of their country and state. When you are going through a divorce, it can be overwhelming to determine who is going to be the best lawyer for you.
There are several things to consider when choosing a divorce attorney. Below are our top qualities we think all the best attorneys should have to help their clients get the most out of the divorce process.
One of the biggest concerns of both parties going through a divorce is what their financial future will look like. Moving from a marriage where assets, bank accounts and debts were shared to a world where it is split in two can be extremely stressful. To ease the financial stress, you must analyze your present finances and also estimate your future living costs.
We’ve compile dthe best tips on how to keep your financial worries at a minimum.
Finding a Divorce Attorney for Military Families in Florida
Living in Tampa, many of our clients are in the military personnel on assignment at MacDill Air Force Base. We understand the unique challenges that face our military families. While moving every two years might feel exciting at first, after six or seven moves, a marriage can become strained.
Deployment and the stress of a military career can take its toll on even the strongest of marriages. In these cases, a military divorce attorney will help you navigate the laws associated with a military divorce — especially if you have children together.