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How a Clearwater Divorce Lawyer Can Assist You with the Complex Issues of a Contested Divorce
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The Coleman Law Group can assist you with caring and aggressive representation in matters of divorce and spousal desertion. We are experts in situations involving child custody and support, as well as abuse. Call us today for a free consultation at 727-214-0400.
A contested divorce in Florida can involve many complex issues. Not all lawyers can assist you in dealing with these issues. If you are located in Tampa Bay or anywhere in Pinellas County, an experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer is the best person who can assist you. There are many attorneys in the Tampa area but only an experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer can guide you through the complex maze of a contested divorce. A Clearwater divorce lawyer is experienced with the local judges and courts. Divorce in Florida is regulated by family law.
An experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer can explain to you the concept of marital property and marital debts. Marital property is the collection of assets spouses gather during the marriage and includes real estate, money, investments, pension plans, etc. All obligations that you and your spouse incur together during your married life will be considered as martial debt. Martial property and debts belong to both spouses. An important part of the divorce process is the division of martial property and debts. Having an experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer handling your case will ensure that you get your rightful share. Any asset or debt that you had prior to your marriage or which you may acquire after separation will be considered as separate property or debts and each spouse will be responsible for their separate property and debts.
An experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer understands that it is in the best interest of the children that the spouses reach a temporary agreement about how they will share time with the children. An early agreement on this issue will help ease the children's insecurity. An experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer will ensure that whatever temporary agreement you reach with your spouse is written down and enforced. In Florida the primary caretaker generally stays in the house with the children. In most cases the parents can reach an agreement on who the majority time sharing parent is, but if not, an experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer can help you. If the custody is being shared, the closer the non-custodial parent can live, the better it is for the children. This will cut down on the disruption to their studies and social lives.
If you want sole custody of your children, an experienced Florida divorce attorney will advise you not to move out of the marital home and leave the children behind. Leaving your children behind will be result in the court concluding that you are not a good parent who can take care of the children and also that your spouse can take care of the children without your assistance. Most judges favor leaving things status quo. So if the children are staying with you when you separated from your spouse, it is likely that the final order will direct likewise.
If you are located in Tampa area, consult with an experienced Clearwater divorce attorney when you want to move out of your marital home but you want to share custody of the children. In such cases, the lawyer can draft an agreement which you can have your spouse sign saying that later decisions about child custody will not be affected by your moving out of the marital home.
In Florida while determining child custody, the court will consider various factors including but not limited to:
- The needs of the children
- The parental suitability of each spouse
- The parent who can provide for the children best
- The previous role of each spouse in the upbringing of the children
- The location of each spouse's home
- Any agreement between the spouses
There are more than 13 factors that the court must take in to consideration in determining custody for your children. The main thing the court must determine is what is in the children's best interest. If you cannot agree where the children will live then the judge will do so. The court will then also select a visitation schedule, any limitations on communication with the children and a holiday time sharing schedule.
Generally if there are children from the marriage, then one spouse will have to pay child support to the other. Child support is ordered to ensure that the children are taken care of. Generally the non-custodial spouse will have to pay child support to the custodial spouse.
Factors considered by the court while determining child support in Florida include:
- The needs of the children
- The children's medical or health requirements
- The educational needs of the children
- The cost of day care
- The other support obligations of both spouses
- The income of the spouses and their deductions
A Clearwater divorce lawyer can assist you in getying a just distribution of marital property and debts and also ensure that you get child custody and support.
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