The family law area of practice covers a large part of an individual’s personal life and because your family life matters just as much if not more than your professional life, Boyer Law Firm, P.L has a section devoted to family law matters, to assist you in the different family situation that anyone can face at some point in life, whether a U.S. citizen or not.

Dedicated Legal Representation in Florida Family Law Matters

silhouette of family in the sun holding model house in air, florida family law, family law attorneyContinuing reading for more information on the family law services Florida family law attorneys offer, such as:

  • Devise comprehensive Cohabitation, Prenuptial, Postnuptial, and Separation agreements
  • Divorce: simplified, contested or uncontested
  • High asset divorce and Complex Asset and Property Division
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Relocation
  • Establishing Child support obligations and enforcement
  • Establishing Alimony or spousal support and enforcement
  • Paternity suits
  • Parenting Plans and time-sharing issues
  • Post-divorce Actions such as modifications (child support or custody)
  • Annulments
  • Guardianships
  • Legal separation
  • Florida Divorce with Immigration Status Implications
  • Florida Divorce with International Implications
  • Enforcement of Out-of-State or Foreign Country Judgments
  • Enforcement of Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreements
  • Foreign Birth Registration of U.S. Citizen
  • Assisting in the Proper Documentation for U.S. Citizens Getting Married Abroad

Destination Weddings: Getting Married Abroad

Many U.S. citizens as well as permanent residents get married in exotic places abroad. But there are not always aware that to be legally married there, they need to satisfy the host country legal requirements to get married. Most countries will request from the non-local fiancé an Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry to ensure for example that the foreign fiancé is not already married or has reached the legal age to get married in his own country. Contact our firm to check on the requirements of the country where you intent do get married and obtain and an Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry and have your marriage authenticated by the U.S. authorities afterward.

Marital and Domestic Partnership Agreements

 

Our firm can assist you with:

  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Enforcement of Marital Contracts in Florida

Filing for Divorce in Florida

In Florida, any type of divorce can turn into an uncontested divorce at any time. An uncontested divorce means the parties agree on all issues related to the divorce.

The parties may not qualify for a simplified divorce because they have children. However, if the parties agree on all issues regarding the divorce and issues related to their children, they can file an uncontested divorce.

In some situations, a divorce matter may move from a contested divorce process to an uncontested divorce process. In the beginning, the parties may not agree on all issues but later reach a mutual agreement. This is very common because many couples can reach an agreement during court-ordered mediation or negotiating a settlement.

The uncontested divorce process is typically less expensive than a contested divorce. When the parties agree, they may not need to leverage lawyers.

Our firm can assist you with:

  • Simplified, Contested, or Uncontested Divorce
  • High asset divorce and Complex Asset and Property Division
  • Florida Divorce with Immigration Status Implications
  • Florida Divorce with International Implications
  • Enforcement of Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreements
  • Post-Divorce Matters

Spousal Support / Alimony in Florida

Alimony awards are not a part of every divorce judgment. For a judge to award spousal support, that party must show that a need for alimony exists and that the paying spouse can reasonably make the alimony payments. A spouse can prove there is a need by showing that they will not be able to achieve their former standard of living after considering income and any proceeds from the equitable distribution of the marital assets.

Based on the length of the marriage, the court may determine the type of alimony appropriate for each case. Florida statutes categorize marriages as short-term (0-7 years), moderate-term (7-17 years), or long-term (17 or more years). After considering the length of the marriage, the judge will consider the other factors that affect alimony, such as financial standing, needs, and the type of alimony requested.

Our firm can assist you with:

  • Temporary alimony and bridge-the-gap alimony
  • Durational alimony
  • Rehabilitative alimony
  • Lump sum, non-modifiable alimony
  • Spousal support or alimony modification
  • Enforcement of support orders

Child Support in Florida

Child support in Florida is the financial obligation of both parents, regardless of their relationship status (single/married/separated/divorced/). Florida law recognizes the best interest of the child is best served when both parents are involved in meeting his or her emotional and financial needs.

Child support is a significant issue when filing for divorce with dependent minor children. In legal separation and divorce proceedings, as well as in post-judement matters, disputes often arise over the amount of child support paid by one parent to the other.

Determining child support can be overwhelming but thankfully, there isn’t as much room for argument often found in other Family Law issues, because the awards for child support are largely controlled by your net income and Federal guidelines.

Chapter 61, section 13 of Florida Statutes establishes that both parents have a duty to support their children regardless of their nuptial or living status. This means that courts can award child support when parents are unmarried, married and seeking divorce, or married and not seeking divorce.

Florida has adopted statutory guidelines for calculating child support and a full understanding of them is necessary to ensure that the amount of child support reflects the true income and expenses of the parents.

Our firm can assist you with:

  • Establishing Child Support
  • Child Support beyond the age of majority for adult dependent children
  • Enforcement of Child Support Orders
  • Child Support Modification

Child Custody in Florida

The question of child custody can arise from different type of situations (divorce, separation of unmarried parent, as a consequence of paternity recognition, etc…). Because this question will determine the child’s everyday life, future, education, as a parent you want to make sure the judge will grant you child custody.

However, the judge main criteria in deciding on child custody is what is in the child’s best interest. To answer that question, courts will consider inter alia, each parents’:

  • home environment
  • capacity to actually take care of the child
  • financial capacity to provide for the child’s needs (clothes, food, medical care)
  • involvement in the child’s education and extra-curricular activities
  • willingness to maintain or facilitate a real relationship between the child and the other parent
  • criminal history, history of domestic violence, physical and/or substance abuse, of negligence of children

When the parents cannot come to an agreement, it is important for each of them to be represented by an experienced attorney who will demonstrate how his client offers an environment that is in the child’s best interest.

Our firm can assist you with:

  • Paternity suits
  • Parenting Plans and Establishing Time-sharing
  • Time-sharing Disputes or Modification
  • Custody Agreements
  • Child Custody Disputes or Modifications
  • Interstate Child Custody Matters
  • International Child Custody Matters
  • Child Relocation
  • Interstate Parental Child Abduction/Kidnapping
  • International Parental Child Abduction/Kidnapping

Florida Divorce with International Implications

Post Divorce Issues in Florida

Modifications (Custody, Visitation, Child Support or Alimony)

Contempt Actions

Child Support Enforcement and Recovery

Strong Legal Representation in Your Family Law Case

Whether you are looking to file for divorce or have been served with divorce papers by your spouse, we represent clients on either side of divorce proceedings. From the simple, uncontested divorce to the complex, contested divorce that requires trial, our attorneys have the dedication and experience you seek. With Boyer Law Firm by your side, move forward with confidence knowing you have retained top-notch Florida divorce representation.

Offices in Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville