Key Largo Divorce and Family Law Attorneys
Family law is an area of law filled with emotion and stress. At the Silver Law Group, our Key Largo family law attorneys are dedicated to easing your stress while vigorously fighting for your rights and your family. We have experience in a wide variety of family law issues, including:
- Child custody;
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements;
- Asset distribution;
- Domestic violence allegations;
- Post-divorce modifications;
- Marital misconduct;
- Domestic partnerships; and
- Same-sex marriages.
To obtain a divorce in Florida, a spouse must prove that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Divorces encompass many other legal issues, including property division, alimony and child support, and parental responsibility and visitation, but also involve great emotional strain.
In Florida, timesharing and parenting plans govern co-parenting. Shared parental responsibility is presumed to be in a child’s best interest. Parents are encouraged to develop a parenting plan to outline each co-parents responsibilities and rights, such as decision-making authority and time spent with the child.
If you are considering marriage, or already married, and want to protect your assets in the event that the marriage fails, you may want a pre- or postnuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements are especially common in second or subsequent marriages, when spouses want to preserve their assets for their children to inherit.
All property acquired during marriage is subject to Florida’s equitable distribution laws, whether houses, businesses, cars, personal property, investments, mortgages, or other debts. It is important to have legal representation to ensure that property is divided fairly in a divorce.
Paternity issues usually arise when a child is born to unmarried parents. Beyond establishing paternity, they can include decisions regarding child support, parenting plans, and time sharing.
If you are in a situation of domestic abuse, it is essential to take steps to protect yourself and your children under Florida’s domestic violence laws. But an attorney can also work to protect your rights if a spouse files a false allegation, such as in a custody dispute or to gain an advantage in divorce proceedings.
After a divorce has been finalized, parents’ and children’s situation sometimes change. You may want to modify a parenting plan or an alimony or child support award. Modification is generally available if there has been a substantial change in circumstances.
Adoptions are emotional, but also fraught with legal complexities and pitfalls. Both birth parents and adoptive parents need legal representation. An attorney can help you decide on the best adoption plan for you and guide you through the adoption process.
When one spouse acts inappropriately, it can sometimes affect the outcome of a divorce. Actions such as abuse, adultery, or the waste of marital assets may have legal effects.
Domestic partnerships provide many of the legal benefits of marriage, but without actually being married. An attorney can help you draft your domestic partnership agreement and ensure that your partnership is properly registered.
Florida began recognizing same-sex marriages in January of 2015. It is important for same-sex couples to understand the legal implications of marriage and the issues that accompany it, such the difference between marital and nonmarital property.
If you need advice in any Key Largo family law matter, please contact an attorney at the Silver Law Group for an initial consultation.