Divorce Attorney in Gainesville, FL
The dissolution of marriage process may be the most difficult event in a person’s life. The family law and divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates are available to help you through this transition in the most efficient manner as possible while vigorously defending your legal rights.
Sometimes a divorce may involve two people who have not been married for very long, have no children and no assets or debts. Obviously, this case will be easier to resolve than two parties who have a long-term marriage, one or more minor children and significant assets and debts to divide. Most cases involve as least a time-sharing dispute related to the minor children or disagreement about the distribution of assets and debts. Our divorce attorneys are here to help you with this process, no matter how simple or complex the circumstances.
No-Fault Divorce & Divorces with Complex Issues
Even in divorce cases where the parties have an agreement as to all issues, it is still important to get a knowledgeable attorney to draft the agreement to best protect your interest. A settlement agreement is a contract that resolves the issues in a divorce and our attorneys are able to avoid common pitfalls due to their experience in handling family law litigation both pre and post-dissolution of marriage. There are many issues that come up over and over again that can be avoided with the proper language included in the agreement from the outset. It is much easier to resolve a divorce through settlement negotiation before an agreement is signed than it is to go back and modify the agreement after it is executed. The family law forms do not include all provisions to protect a party’s interest. Additionally, the family law forms can be confusing even under the best of circumstances.
Some cases will not be able to be resolved by settlement and our attorneys are equipped to litigate the case before the Judge. Attorneys Adam Vorhis and Joshua Silverman are former state attorneys who prosecuted crimes in the Eighth Judicial Circuit for many years. This experience gave them litigation experience that many family law attorneys lack. Attorney Stephanie Mack is board certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar which means that she has been peer-reviewed, taken a test and met stringent qualifications to be considered an expert in this field.
Our attorneys have litigated extremely contentious cases for the benefit of our clients. One of the most litigated issues in a divorce is the issue of time-sharing. Recently, courts have begun implementing parenting plans with an equal time-sharing arrangement more frequently than in the past. An equal time-sharing schedule may have financial benefits to one party, such as a decrease in child support. As such, this financial benefit may make it more difficult to resolve the time-sharing arrangement. Other times, one party may feel that the child is not safe with the other party but the other party insists on equal time-sharing because he/she knows the Judge will frequently award equal time-sharing or something close to it. Our attorneys are prepared to take your case to court and present the evidence that will allow for the best possible results regarding child custody arrangements.
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Divorce & Alimony / Spousal Support
Another contentious issue is the issue of alimony. Florida is undergoing significant changes in this area and it is likely that there will continue to be additional, significant changes to the law in the future. At this time, there is no formula for alimony in Florida and the Judges are given great discretion. For example, permanent-periodic alimony may be payable for the rest of someone’s life which means that the payor and the payee have significant risk in making the decision to settle and/or litigating the issue before the Court. It is important that you hire a knowledgeable attorney to help with making this decision.
How a Divorce Lawyer Can Help
There are other significant issues in family law, that may include:
- issues that require an expert, including the valuation of property and/or a business owned by one of the parties;
- determining a party’s income for purposes of alimony or child support. Sometimes a self-employed individual may keep poor business records or be purposely hiding income;
- the necessity of hiring a custody evaluator to help the Judge determine what is best for the children or to help determine what is affecting the children when the children are too young to testify; and
- issues of proof, such as how you intend to prove what is happening in the other party’s home.
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While hiring a divorce attorney will cost money, a divorce is analogous to an important business decision that can have an effect on a party’s livelihood and financial well-being for many years into the future. Additionally, a dissolution of marriage case will affect the children for many years to come. It is important to hire a skilled trial attorney to help you make the best decision possible for you and your children. Contact our family law attorneys at the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates for your free initial consultation to determine your legal rights.