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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Uncontested Divorce in Florida


Divorce can be an emotional and difficult time in your life. Once the decision to divorce has been made, the legal process must be followed. Divorce in Florida is also known as dissolution of marriage. The easiest and fastest divorce option is an uncontested divorce. When a couple can agree to the terms of the divorce, it is said to be uncontested. If one or the other party does not agree to the divorce or accept the settlement terms, the divorce becomes contested and therefore more complex. While uncontested divorce is fast and easy, it is still best to seek guidance from an experienced divorce attorney.
Criteria for an Uncontested Divorce
There are a number of qualifications that must be met in order to qualify for an uncontested divorce. These include:
  • Both parties agree that they want the divorce;
  • Parties agree about the division of property;
  • If the couple has minor children, a parenting plan must be put in place;
  • Child support is agreed upon;
  • Alimony is not disputed;
  • There are no unsettled issues; and
  • Both parties agree to sign the necessary documents.
Generally, an uncontested divorce can be utilized in situations where both parties are in agreement. When issues are disputed or go unresolved, the divorce is contested and proceeds in that manner. A contested divorce often signals a litigious situation and one that may require negotiation and possibly mediation.
Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce
There are many benefits to choosing an uncontested divorce. The uncontested divorce is typically much easier to complete and therefore is much less expensive. It is still in your best interest to have representation by a divorce attorney; however, the process is less complex. Another advantage to an uncontested divorce is that the time necessary to finalize it is less than a contested divorce. A simple uncontested divorce could take just a couple of months to complete while a contested divorce could drag on for many months or even years. Probably the most significant benefit of an uncontested divorce is that the marriage is dissolved in an amicable manner. This relieves stress on everyone in the family, including the children. A more relaxed situation sets the stage for a better relationship as the family moves forward in a new configuration.
Is Uncontested Divorce My Best Option?
In Florida, as elsewhere, property and assets that have been acquired during the marriage belong to both parties and are to be divided equitably upon divorce. This means that both people should receive about an equal portion of assets in a settlement. In situations where the couple agrees the division of assets and there are no complications, the uncontested divorce is a very good choice. Every divorce is different and a unique set of circumstances. When determining how to proceed with a divorce it is helpful to speak with a reputable divorce attorney to answer your questions and assist in determining the options available to you. Contact the Tampa divorce 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, August 12, 2014

Later in Life Divorce & Finances

America’s divorce rate might be on the decline for most age groups, but amongst one group it’s hitting record highs. Who’s behind the spike? Baby boomers. The divorce rate for the over-50 crowd has more than tripled in the past 20 years, and the trend shows little chance of slowing. With Americans living longer and looking for more from their marriages, many are choosing to jettison an unloved spouse rather than spend their golden years with someone they no longer care for.

Unfortunately, many boomers are divorcing first and thinking later. Adjusting to life after a divorce is difficult under the best of circumstances, but divorce after 50 can have serious financial repercussions. Boomers need to understand the risks of late-in-life divorce, and take steps to prepare themselves before they file.

Financial Repercussions of Divorce

First, boomers need to consider their retirement. Have you and your spouse been saving money? Investing in a retirement plan? Whatever money you saved will now have to fund two separate retirements, which means that it likely won’t go as far. At best, this could mean that a person has to adjust their lifestyle and expectations; at worst, it could mean that a person would have to work much longer than anticipated.

Second, health care costs will likely rise. Health spending tends to increase as a person ages, but married couples are often able to defray some of these costs by caring for each other rather than hiring a nurse or a caregiver. Divorcing boomers need to consider who will care for them–and how much it will cost–before they experience a major health event.

Third, though some divorcees may anticipate short-term financial losses, older couples need to consider the long-term as well. If a person in their 30s goes through a divorce, they have decades to continue working, to make up any losses, and to prepare for their retirement. If a person in their late 60s chooses to divorce, they’ll have far less time to recuperate.

Finally, consider the difference between a “fair” division of marital property and an “equitable” one. While it might seem “fair” to split everything 50/50, it might be more “equitable” for a spouse who forewent their career to care for a family to take a greater share of the marital estate. Also consider which assets are easy to liquidate, should the need arise, and which assets might take longer to sell.

How to Prepare for Later in Life Divorce

The most important thing you can do before a divorce is initiated is to make sure that you have a handle on your finances. Do you know where your money is, and how to access it? Are your bills paid? Do your credit cards have a low balance? Does it seem like there should be more money in your joint account than actually is there? Find out now, if you don’t know.

Contact a Tampa Bay Divorce Attorney

If you are considering a divorce and are concerned about the effect it could have on your finances, contact our Experienced  Attorneys & Counselors at Law since 1997 Serving all of Tampa Bay. Call 813-672-1900 now for a free initial consultation www.familymaritallaw.com.

 By Lynette Silon-Laguna Google



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