Divorce Lawyers in Tampa Florida
Divorce – The Dissolution of Marriage
Greater Tampa Law understands the emotional impact of divorce. We additionally realize that the outcomes we get for every customer will significantly affect how that customer can continue with their life after their divorce. We work painstakingly with our customers to guarantee that from the beginning of our portrayal we know their objectives and objectives. From the earliest starting point, we ensure that each customer comprehends the separation procedure, gets their questions answered and are consistently kept all around educated about the advancement of their case. In this delicate region of the law, we value enthusiastically securing our customers’ rights, and in taking care of their cases with honor, circumspection and thoroughness.
Divorce, also know as “Dissolution of Marriage,” can be simple, or it can require resolving many different issues that can make the case much more complicated. Are there children involved? Were assets acquired before or after the marriage? When were debts incurred? Is it appropriate to seek alimony (spousal support)? Was there a prenuptial agreement? Is a business involved? What effect will the divorce have on my retirement accounts? Did infidelity or abuse occur? At Greater Tampa Law, we make sure that we speak with our clients about these and many other issues, as they all can have a bearing on how a case gets resolved. Most importantly, we have the knowledge and experience to successfully deal with any issues that may arise in a divorce.
What about my children?
When the marriage involves children, Florida law requires that the Court enter an Order called a “Parenting Plan.” While the Parenting Plan must decide many issues involving the children, one of the most important matters that must be decided is now called “timesharing” (what used to be called custody and visitation). Simply put, timesharing decides when children are to be with each parent. Additionally, the measure of timesharing that a parent is granted can affect the child support that the parent is requested to get or pay. A wide range of things can influence the timesharing issued by the Courts to a parent. We know what makes the difference to judges, and we will work intensively with each client to develop the best case for the timesharing that parents want.
Equitable Distribution of Assets and Debts
In most divorce cases, there is property (“assets”) and debts that must be divided between the two parties this is also known as Equitable Distribution of Assets and Debts. The first question that must be answered is: which assets are “marital assets” and which debts are “marital debts.” As a general rule, marital assets are assets that were acquired by one or both of the parties during the marriage, and marital debts are liabilities that were incurred by either of the parties during the marriage. It may not make any difference who purchased the assets or whose name it is titled in, or in which party’s name the debt was incurred under. What will happen to the home? In what capacity will retirement accounts be managed? What will happen to the family business? Who will be responsible for the mortgage? The knowledge and experience that Greater Tampa Law brings to each client’s case allows us to obtain the best results possible for our clients.
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Additional Divorce Questions
What is a Divorce?
A divorce may occur when a married couple pursues legal action to terminate their marital relationship.
All divorces in Florida are no fault, which means neither spouse has to prove the other spouse did anything wrong. Some of the most common reasons for a no fault divorce may include:
- The marriage is irretrievably broken.
- The married couple has irreconcilable differences.
- The marriage is beyond repair as a result of incompatibility or in supportability.
While all divorces are no fault in Florida, some actions during marriage may affect how alimony is awarded in Florida. Potential actions which may affect how alimony is awarded in Florida can include:
- Reckless spending of marital assets
- Physical abuse, mental abuse or cruelty
Divorce and Mediation
Most divorce and family law cases in Florida require opposing parties to participate in mediation. Mediation may be a great way to resolve issues faster, easier and out of court.
One of the major benefits of mediation is that spouses may agree to make their own decisions instead of having a judge make the decision for them. Effective mediation may help resolve issues including time sharing and marital asset distribution.
Divorce vs. Annulment
Some individuals may confuse the term annulment with divorce, since both terms may potentially affect one’s marital status. However, a divorce and annulment affect marriage in different ways.
A divorce terminates a legally valid marriage. Conversely, an annulment proves the marriage was never legally valid in the first place. A marriage may be considered not legally valid for one or more of the following reasons bigamy, forced consent, fraud, mental illness, and underage.
When a marriage is annulled, the couple may not divide marital property in the same way as a divorce. It may be possible for one spouse to retain all of his or her property after an annulment.