Divorce. It can be a trying, emotional time for all parties involved. If you are divorcing and have children, it can be particularly stressful. Some of the top concerns for divorcing couples are as follows and we’ll discuss when you should consider hiring a Tampa divorce attorney.
Divorce and Timesharing – Florida
Worrying about how you, your spouse and your children will become accustomed to timesharing and how it will effect all involved is generally a top priority for couples who are divorcing. Florida law is pretty specific about timesharing but there are factors that can provide more or less timesharing to one or the other parent. An experienced Tampa divorce lawyer can help to ensure that the children’s best interests are protected with regards to custody and timesharing.
Division of Assets Florida / Financials, High Net Worth
The division of assets, calculating and managing child support as well as other financial issues must be dealt with when. This process can be excruciatingly worrisome if you are trying to do this on your own. If your divorce is considered a high net worth divorce, it can be even more crucial that you hire an attorney. Now is the time when you generally would want a high asset divorce attorney familiar with the Tampa Bay courts to assist you.
No Fault Divorce?
Florida is typically considered a “no fault” divorce state. Try explaining that to a spouse who has been hurt by the actions of the one they love. If one or both spouses have been offended, often one or both may not be in a position to rationally decide or agree upon what is best for their family. Typically, one or even both parties will have a difficult time letting go and one or both will walk away feeling defeated.
Most people aren’t prepared for what happens in Florida divorce court. An experienced Tampa divorce attorney will be able to walk you through the process of what to expect. It’s helpful to try to keep in mind that you were once a family, and you are now a family in transition—especially when children are involved. Children will be the common bond between spouses who are divorcing long after the final divorce judgment is entered.
So, how do you know when it’s time to hire a Tampa divorce Lawyer to represent you in the areas of timeshare, custody, child support and the division of assets? The answer is that usually, one spouse will initiate a divorce lawsuit against the other, prompting the defendant to either act as a “pro se” litigant or to hire a divorce lawyer to represent them in court.
A divorce lawsuit can be initiated with or without hiring a Tampa divorce lawyer, but most people find that unless it is a very simplified divorce, hiring a lawyer will be beneficial. Finding the best lawyer means finding the best lawyer for your particular needs, one that can get results and work together with you and the other parties involved, this sometimes means knowing your lawyer is a wonderful mediator.
When Should You Hire a Lawyer?
The party who is served with divorce papers (petition for dissolution of marriage) will have a limited time to respond to the lawsuit against them so it is important that they are able to rationally provide the appropriate answers to the courts in their defense. Often times the already stressful situation prevents the defendant from being able to do so. Along with your answers, certain financial disclosures must be provided to the courts within a certain amount of time. Providing the proper information can help or hurt your case. If you have been served with divorce papers and don’t know what to do, get help by calling a divorce lawyer as soon as possible.
Florida Family Law
The truth is, is that most people do not have experience or understand the complexity of Florida family law and the rules of procedures. Those who try to represent themselves especially if the other party has legal representation, may end up losing assets they’ve worked hard for. Even worse, you could end up with limited timesharing or less than ample child support.
For couples in longer term marriages with grown children or no children, alimony is generally a source of concern. Do you simply agree to pay your spouse or should you try to mediate and come to a fair resolution. Often times, utilizing a mediation attorney is the best way for spouses to come to fair and rational agreements when divorcing —because the alternative is letting the courts decide. A mediation attorney can be utilized at any time and is many times the best way to come to agreements that must be made, agreements that will effect the future of all parties involved.
Nilo J Sanchez is a Tampa divorce attorney who is known for his ability to help divorcing couples come to fair and reasonable resolutions and to litigate difficult child custody, timesharing and high net worth divorces when called upon. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Nilo J Sanchez & Associates, please contact our office by calling (813) 879-4600.