After you decide to divorce, you often want to start your new life as quickly as possible and get the court process over with as soon as you can. No matter how you feel, it’s important to remember that the outcome of your divorce will have lifelong consequences both financially and in terms of your long-term relationships with your children and extended family. To help keep your focus on the future and to protect your rights, turn to an experienced divorce lawyer such as Valentin & Studstill, PLLC.
Parenting Time Custody
Florida law requires both parties to prepare a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule for the parties and their children. The best option, of course, will be for the parents to take care of their child custody decisions. Unfortunately, when both parents cannot come to an agreement, a judge makes the final decision. When it comes to parenting time custody, Ms. Valentin will help you to create and will defend the parenting plan and time sharing that best fit your family.
In a marriage, it’s common for one spouse to forgo career opportunities to take care of the children or home or to allow the other spouse to pursue more lucrative opportunities. Alimony is awarded so that there is no financial disadvantage in divorce for having made these sacrifices. The amount of alimony and the length of payments depends on a long list of factors, which is why it is important to have an experienced divorce lawyer at your side for the duration of this project.
Distribution Assets and Liabilities
Florida law requires that marital assets and liabilities be distributed equitably. This does not necessarily mean divided equally. Child support is calculated based on a formula that takes into account the income of each spouse. Adjustments may be made depending on how much time each spouse will spend with the children and any special needs such as higher than usual medical or educational costs. The payment of health insurance for the children, payment of daycare costs are some of the factors affecting the child support calculations.
Divorces involving one or more service members add additional concerns to a divorce procedure. First, proper jurisdiction must be established. To be able to file for divorce in the Florida courts, one of the spouses must be a Florida resident and have been for at least six months immediately prior to the filing of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Federal law also sets special requirements for service of process on active duty military members. Additionally, military compensation packages can include pensions, insurance, and other benefits that last long after the service ends. Child or spousal support orders must also take into account that military pay can vary based on location and duty status.