Do You Need a Family and Marital Law Attorney?
The Law Office of Landis Graham French is one of the oldest family and marital law firms in Central Florida providing exceptional legal representation and advice for families in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, and DeBary since 1902.
Our marital legal services include Pre-Nuptial Planning, Separation, Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), Child Custody, Child Support, Time Sharing, Alimony and Paternity.
Pre-nuptial agreements is not a topic that most couples getting married want to discuss. And couples often mistakenly believe that pre-nuptial agreements are just for the rich and famous. The fact is that establishing pre-nuptial guidelines is sound financial planning. Florida is considered an “equitable distribution” state meaning that any assets acquired during the marriage shall be split 50-50. With pre-nuptial planning, we can help you establish a prenup agreement that lists the guidelines for the distribution of assets, alimony and child custody and support in the event of a dissolution of marriage or divorce.
Unlike many other states, Florida does not offer legal separations. And separating from your spouse without formally filing for divorce could constitute grounds for the court to impose child support and alimony on one or both spouses. If you are contemplating separating from your spouse or a divorce, contact the family law attorneys at Landis Graham French. We will help you understand your options and protect your rights under the law.
Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
In the State of Florida, a divorce is called a dissolution of marriage. Florida is also a “no-fault” state meaning that a spouse can file for divorce upon proving that the marriage is irretrievably broken and has resided in the state for at least six months. Florida has strict legal and family law requirements that must be met when petitioning for dissolution of marriage. It is important that a spouse seeking divorce consult with an experienced family law and marital attorney as soon as possible, especially if you are seeking alimony, child custody or child support.
Child Custody, Support and Time Sharing
In Florida, family courts generally expect both parents to be equally involved in the educational, emotional and financial well-being of their minor children regardless of which spouse is the primary custodian. When filing for a divorce, both spouses must submit a Parenting Plan with a Time-Sharing agreement for court approval that outlines which spouse will have primary and secondary custody as well as the education and financial obligations and visitation schedules. Both spouses must abide by the time-sharing agreement and petition for a modification of timesharing agreement before any changes can be made. Our family lawyers can provide guidance on completing the time-sharing agreement as well as filing a modification of agreement on your behalf.
When you are seeking alimony, known as spousal maintenance, it is important to have an experienced family law and marital attorney who understands your financial situation. Awarding alimony is not automatic, and the courts will consider many factors including the length of the marriage before deciding on your case. Whether you are seeking alimony in a divorce or want to modify an existing spousal maintenance agreement, the knowledgeable family law attorneys at Landis Graham French can help ensure you get the alimony you deserve.
When an unmarried couple has a child, that child does not automatically have a formal relationship with the father. That is why it is advisable for unmarried couples to contact an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible to help establish paternity and enable both parents to be part of the child’s life from the very beginning. For unmarried couples that do not go through the paternity process after the child’s birth, paternity can become an issue years later when the couples are no longer together. In these cases, paternity actions can be filed by the mother, to establish and obtain child support, or by the father to resolve child support disputes or to establish child custody and visitation rights. Regardless of your situation, the family law attorneys at Landis Graham French can help you understand your options and guide you through the Paternity process.