Family law is often the area of law that affects lives the most deeply. The Key West family law attorneys at the Silver Law Group are on your side, and work hard to help ease your stress while protecting your rights and your family. Our attorneys are experienced in many domestic relations matters in the Florida Keys, including:
- Child custody;
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements;
- Asset distribution;
- Domestic violence allegations;
- Post-divorce modifications;
- Marital misconduct;
- Domestic partnerships; and
- Same-sex marriages.
Key West Divorce
A spouse seeking a divorce in Florida generally must demonstrate that the marriage is irretrievably broken. But this is only the beginning of the process. Spouses must also resolve issues involving property division, spousal and child support, parental responsibility, and child custody.
In Florida, divorced or separated parents use timesharing and parenting plans to guide the co-parenting process. Florida law presumes that shared parental responsibility is in a child’s best interest, so co-parents develop parenting plans that detail each parent’s rights and duties, such as visitation and the allocation of decision-making.
Especially in second or third marriages, when a spouse may wish to preserve his or her children’s inheritances, pre- or postnuptial agreements may be useful. These agreements can protect a spouse’s assets in case the marriage fails.
Florida’s equitable distribution laws govern the distribution of property in a divorce. Generally, all property acquired during the marriage, both personal and real assets and debts, is subject to equitable distribution. An attorney can help to ensure that your property is fairly divided.
When a child is born, but the parents are not married to each other, paternity issues may arise. The child’s legal paternity must be established, and the parents must make decisions regarding parenting plans, time sharing, and child support.
If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, you should immediately take legal measures to protect yourself and your children. An attorney can help you obtain a protective order to defend yourself against your abuser. Those who have been the victims of false allegations of abuse, which may be made to gain an advantage in a divorce or custody proceeding, also urgently need legal representation.
Custody and support orders are made at the finalization of a divorce or custody proceeding, but sometimes, a family’s situation alters. If there has been a substantial change in circumstances, a modification of a parenting plan, alimony, or child support may be available.
An adoption is a joyful but also often a stressful occasion. Adoptions are legally complex, and both the birth parents and the adoptive parents should be represented by an attorney. A dedicated lawyer can work with you to develop the best adoption plan for your circumstances, and can help you through the adoption process.
A spouse’s malfeasance or misconduct can sometimes have an effect on a divorce or child custody proceeding. Abuse, adultery, and the waste of marital assets all have consequences in a marriage.
If a couple wishes to take advantage of some of the legal benefits of marriage, but without actually marrying, they may choose to enter a domestic partnership. A lawyer can work with you to draft a domestic partnership agreement, and can help you to register your partnership.
Since January of 2015, Florida has recognized same-sex marriage. A same-sex couple considering marriage may wish to consult an attorney to learn about the benefits and implications of a legal marriage, along with other issues related to marriage, such as retitling assets as a married couple, and taking advantage of spousal benefits.
If you have a family law or domestic relations concern in Key West, please contact an attorney at the Silver Law Group to schedule a consultation. We serve the entire Florida Keys along with the most of Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties.