Wesley Chapel Divorce Lawyer
Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy. In fact, it is one of the hardest things you may ever have to do. Furthermore, how your divorce is settled can have a lasting impact on your life for years to come. Divorce matters such as child custody, division of marital assets, and spousal support are generally as contentious as they are important, and here at The Law Office of Laurie R. Chane, our experienced Wesley Chapel divorce lawyers can help guide you throughout the divorce process so that not only are your goals met, but they are achieved in the manner that is best for your mental health and the health of any minor children present in the marriage.
Division of Marital Property
Dividing marital property is often the most important, and difficult, aspect of divorce. Both parties want to walk away with what they feel they earned, and when expectations exceed reality, conflict is almost inevitable. In Florida divorces, all marital property is subject to equitable distribution, which means “fair” distribution. Assets are not necessarily split down the middle, 50/50. Instead, if the couple cannot come to an agreement outside of the courtroom, a judge will use the following criteria under statute 61.075 to make the most fair decision possible:
- Contributions each spouse made to the marriage, including caring for children, financial contributions, and homemaking;
- Length of the marriage;
- Sacrifices each spouse made to their education or career to benefit the marriage or the other spouse’s career or education;
- Economic circumstances of each spouse; and
We understand how important spending time with your child is, and will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive the child custody or visitation rights that you are seeking. Child custody disputes can cause parents to lose their tempers and do and say things that can potentially harm their chances of winning the custody battle. Our attorneys will guide you through this stressful process to ensure you are in a position to be successful should it come to a court decision.
Whether you are the custodial parent or non custodial parent, our attorneys will advocate on your and your child’s behalfs in all child support matters. As a receiving parent, it is important that the support order is as large as possible, especially considering that only 44 percent of custodial parents receive the full support they are owed, according to the Census. As a paying parent, you have to consider your own financial stability and ability to pay, particularly if you are struggling to make ends meet as it is.
In some divorces, the lower earning spouse may be awarded spousal support (alimony). Alimony is based on the lower earning spouse’s needs and the higher earning spouse’s ability to pay. There are various types of alimony that may apply to your divorce.
Types of Divorce and Other Divorce Matters We Handle
- Collaborative Divorce;
- Mediation; and
- Domestic Violence Injunctions.
Contact a Wesley Chapel Divorce Lawyer Today
The only harder thing than going through divorce is going through it alone. Let an experienced Wesly divorce attorney help you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the coming months. Call The Law Office of Laurie R. Chane today at 352-567-0055.