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Founded in 1997 we are experienced and knowledgeable Tampa attorneys practicing exclusively in Divorce, Family, Stepparent/Relative Adoption, Criminal Defense, and Personal Bankruptcy. We practice primarily in the cities of Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Carrollwood, Northdale, North Tampa, Plant City as well as Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County. We have offices conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay. Our lawyers have extensive experience practicing in contested and uncontested divorces, including military divorces, and family law, child support, child custody and visitation, relocation of children, alimony, domestic violence, distribution of assets and debts, retirement/pensions (military and private), enforcement and modification of final judgments, paternity actions, adoptions and name changes as well as criminal defense. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options. Please call us at 813-672-1900 or email us at info@familymaritallaw.com to schedule a consultation. Our representation of our clients reflects our dedication to them. We look forwarding to hearing from you! Se habla Español.
Showing posts with label Tampa Divorce Attorney. Show all posts
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Will the Coronavirus Cause an Increase in Divorce in the U.S.?

The coronavirus has caused devastation throughout the entire world. Countries are closing their borders as people become sick and the most vulnerable members of society pass away from the disease. Meanwhile, just about every country’s economy has taken a huge hit, and people are staying home and refraining from social situations, such as going to the movies or going out to eat.

Now though, there is news that the coronavirus is having another effect, at least in China. The virus has also caused an increase in divorces. After looking at the reasons for this, it is natural for many to wonder if the same phenomenon will happen in the United States. To understand the answer to this question, couples must first understand the link between the sickness and divorce.

Social Distancing

With the coronavirus came the term ‘social distancing,’ even though many people had never heard the term before. Of course, this refers to withdrawing from social situations and trying to keep a distance from nearly anyone a person may see throughout the day. Although social distancing may help keep people healthy, though, it has an unintended consequence.

When people have to distance themselves from others, they spend more time at home and so, spouses are together much more and spend more time together than they typically do. As spouses start to wear on the other’s nerves due to all of this togetherness, it may get to the point where it leads to divorce.

Money Shortages

It is common knowledge that one of the main reasons couples fight regularly and decide to divorce is because of money problems in the marriage. When people cannot work because their children have to stay home from school, or they are sick, or they are simply trying to social distance themselves, they often no longer earn an income.  This leads to less money in the household, and increased tension. This could be another cause for the spike in divorces in China after the coronavirus outbreak.

Feelings of Anxiety and Depression

It is true that there is nothing good about the coronavirus. With so much sickness and death occurring throughout the world, and being so isolated from other people, it is natural that during this time, people would have heightened feelings of anxiety and depression. These feelings can also spill over into a marriage and make it more difficult not only for people to cope on their own, but also to cope as a couple. That could be another reason there have been more divorces in China after the coronavirus outbreak.

Our Florida Divorce Lawyers are Here for You

Whether divorces will increase in the United States once the virus outbreak settles down is something that is yet to be seen. However, if you are thinking about divorce for any reason, our Tampa divorce lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. are here to help. We will guide you through the difficult process, look out for your best interests, and work hard to get you the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Divorcing without Conflict

Separating divorce from the notions of courtroom disputes and drawn-out litigation is hard to do. As this depiction is really the only one that is written about or appears on television. Obviously, if a couple chooses to divorce, the relationship has not been in a good place for some time, but ending the marriage does not necessarily mean the dissolution must be full of conflict. Alternatives to traditional litigation in divorce do exist that allow the parties to end the marriage on a more amicable note. Couples in divorce may have an invested interest in keeping the process as civil as possible, especially if they hope to equally share childcare responsibilities or have business interests together. One type of alternative dispute resolution that is becoming more popular in recent years is collaborative divorce.
The Basics of Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce centers on the idea that the resolution of issues in divorce can be done in a productive and civil manner without the contentiousness of the courtroom. In addition to the parties, there is a team of professionals that assist the couple with finding solutions to their problems. This team consists of specially trained collaborative attorneys, mental health professionals and financial experts. They work with the couple to facilitate agreement on solutions that are best for the whole family, especially the children. Informal discussions, settlement conferences and mediation are some of the methods used during this process. The process begins when the couple signs the collaborative law participation agreement, which has the parties consent to forego filing a divorce petition in court, in favor of making a good faith effort to work out disagreements in a non-adversarial setting. Each party must be willing to voluntarily disclose relevant information, but any information exchanged or communicated during these sessions are confidential and cannot be later used at trial. Either party may terminate the collaborative process at any time and for any reason. Initiating court action automatically terminates the process, and the collaborative attorneys are not permitted to represent either party in the adversarial proceeding.
Collaborative Divorce May Not Be Necessary
Even though this process aims to completely neutralize and eliminate conflict and allows the parties to craft their own agreement outside of the courtroom, it is not always possible to come to an agreement nor may the process be in the best interest of the client.  If you do not have issues that require mental health professionals or financial experts, etc., then it is not necessary to go through the collaborative divorce process.  Even if you do have these issues, there are other means of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.  In traditional family law cases, you can still preserve a working relationship. come to an agreement and avoid a hearing before the judge.  Furthermore, if you cannot come to an agreement, you will not have to begin the process again with another attorney as a collaborative law attorney must withdraw if the parties cannot come to an agreement.
Talk to a Divorce Lawyer
If you are contemplating or facing divorce, speak to a divorce attorney about your options for resolving your case outside of court. While alternative dispute resolution options are not appropriate in every situation, it is worth exploring other methods that could better for your family. Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A.in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
by Lynette Silon-Laguna Google+

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Importance of Establishing Paternity in Child Custody and Support Cases

It seems almost self-evident that children thrive more in homes that have mothers and fathers in place to support and guide them. Ideally, all children would have the chance to live with both parents in a loving environment, but reality is often much harsher. Couples cannot always stay together, and marriage does not automatically guarantee happily ever after. For children born to unwed parents, the situation is complicated by the fact that unmarried men are not assumed to be the father of a child born to their partners. This gap in legal recognition can create problems when it comes to child custody and support issues. All legal parents have rights and obligations over their child, but without this designation, there is no way to exercise or enforce these legal measures. Florida law has several options available to prove a child’s paternity, some of which are voluntary and others that can occur on an order from a court. If the mother wishes to seek child support, or the father wants to secure visitation, paternity must first be established. Consequently, this issue is of critical importance to the wellbeing of the child.
Acknowledgement of Paternity
The simplest and easiest way to establish paternity requires the parents to file an acknowledgement of paternity with the Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics. This form must be signed by both parties in front of two witnesses or a notary public. Filing this form creates a legal presumption that the man signing it is the child’s father, and is assuming all the rights and responsibilities of a legal parent. Either party has 60 days from the time the form was signed to rescind this acknowledgement. After this time, it can only be challenged in court on the basis of fraud, duress, or mistake, which is very difficult to prove.
DNA Testing
If the alleged father is challenging paternity or refuses to take responsibility for the child, it may be necessary to obtain a DNA test to confirm paternity. If the mother is just seeking child support, and the alleged father has no interest in participating in the child’s life, the Department of Revenue will assist with genetic testing without the cost of going to court. If, however, the father wants an active role in the child’s life, the paternity dispute would need to be settled in court. The judge would order the mother, alleged father, and child to submit biological samples to a qualified laboratory for analysis. Results that state the statistical probability the man is the father by 95 percent or higher creates a presumption of paternity that can only be challenged with additional testing. Once paternity is established, the mother can petition the court for a child support order, and the father would have right to ask the court for custody and visitation rights.
Putative Father Registry
Finally, if man believes a woman is pregnant with his child, but they are unmarried, and he is worried she will give the child up for adoption without his knowledge, Florida has a registry he can access to preserve his rights. The Florida Putative Father Registry allows the unmarried man to add his name to registry, which means he is claiming paternity, so that he preserves his right to receive notice of any impending adoption. With this information, the man can oppose adoption and seek custody of the child if he so desires. Importantly, he can claim paternity at any time before the child’s birth, but this right terminates once a petition to terminate parental rights is filed.
Get Help
Whether you need to establish paternity for child support purposes or to claim parental rights, work with a family law attorney on this issue to ensure your legal rights are fully protected. The All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa is highly experienced in these matters, and can advise you on your options.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
By Lynette Silon-Laguna Google+

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