Matrimonial law problems can take a significant emotional and financial toll. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make the process much easier to bear. At The Law Office of Carrie A. Turner, P.A., we are strongly focused on matrimonial law and family law and have a proven record of success obtaining results for our clients. Our attorney will work to help you achieve the most favorable, cost-effective outcome possible while never losing focus of the emotional impact the circumstances may have on you and your family. We are mindful that divorce is a very stressful circumstance that requires many difficult decisions to be made. If you are going through a divorce, you may wonder how you can make the right decisions for you and your children. Having a highly experienced attorney assisting you with these decisions while protecting and advancing your interests in the legal system can make all the difference.
Florida is a "no fault" divorce State. This means that the party filing the case need only attest to the fact that their marriage is irretrievably broken to obtain a divorce. This also means that the Court will only consider the reasons (the issue of adultery, for example) for the breakdown of the marriage in very limited circumstances. A divorce can be uncontested or contested. A case is contested when the parties cannot agree upon how the issues in the case should be resolved. These issues may be related to the distribution of assets and debts and/or the children. If the divorcing spouses cannot come to an agreement, it then becomes necessary to bring the matter before the Court, where a Judge will determine the issues for them.
When divorcing couples are in agreement over the terms of a divorce, they can submit the appropriate documents to the court for approval. Even though an uncontested divorce is simpler than a contested divorce, it is still important that the legal steps be handled with care and attention to detail. A misstep could prove very costly to a particularly party- particularly if they do not know what they are entitled to.
When a child is born out of wedlock, Florida Law grants the Mother the authority over all aspects of the Child's life until the Father's parental rights can be established by Court Order. This is still the case even though a Father's name may be on the Child's birth certificate. Until the Father establishes paternity, parental responsibility, and a parenting plan, the Mother alone has the right to make any and all decisions regarding the best interests and welfare of the child, which might include but not be limited to, medical care, education, religious practice, traveling or relocating out of the State or Country, to name a few. It is imperative that an unmarried Father establish his paternity of the child or children so that he will be able to participate in their upbringing and share time with them in a continuous and routine fashion.
Child support is a legal duty of both parents. Usually, this legal obligation continues until a child reaches age 18, marries, is emancipated, joins the armed forces, or dies. Child Support is calculated based upon the income of the Parties and the allowable expenses of the Children, such as child care costs and health insurance premiums. Child support can always be modified if either party has a substantial change in income or the child's expenses have substantially changed. Child Support Orders are also vigorously enforced. Our Attorney can assist you with establishing, modifying, and/or enforcing child support. Whether you are the Mother or Father, it is critical to have an attorney representing you to ensure that the support amount is accurate. Circumstances involving the determination of what one parent earns, such as a parent who is self employed, can particularly be difficult.
The term "Domestic Violence" covers many different situations for which a person may need the protection of the Court and authorities. These can includes but not be limited to stalking, dating violence, physical violence, repeat violence, sexual violence, or emotional abuse. Often times, allegations of domestic violence may arise in different areas - such as in a divorce or paternity case. If you find yourself involved in an incident of domestic violence, whether as the accused or accuser, we can will take legal action to protect you, your family, and your rights. We can defend you if you are being accused of violence and we can represent those who have been a victim of abuse (including children).