Tampa Divorce Attorney

Emotionally and socially, a divorce can be complicated and upsetting. Legally and financially, there are often complexities, as well. However, the most fundamental feature of any divorce is the same: division of property and debts. When there are minor children of the marriage, a child custody order and determination of child support will be part of a divorce decree.

“Equitable distribution” is a term that describes the principle of a Florida divorce. Keep in mind that equitable distribution of assets and debts does not necessarily mean there will be a 50-50 split of property including:

  • Bank accounts
  • Real estate
  • Vehicles
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Household goods

Often, particular assets and/or debts become part of negotiations that address the question of alimony or spousal support. Every marriage is unique, and those unique aspects should be taken into account during property division negotiations.

  • Did one spouse earn a living and “put husband through” (or “put the wife through”) college, medical school or any other type of professional training?
  • Did one spouse stay home to raise children and take care of the household while the other was gainfully employed?
  • Are there other inequities in contributions that each spouse brought into the marriage or made during the marriage?
  • Does one spouse own a business?
  • Does either spouse have special needs such as a physical disability or chronic illness that prevents him or her from working?

A family law court judge will most likely consider factors such as these when determining what is an equitable distribution of assets and debts. If there are minor children, a child custody order will also be addressed in your divorce. Tampa divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, have the degree of in-depth knowledge and experience that clients seek as they craft asset distribution agreements the judges will approve of.

Contact a Tampa Family Lawyer

Get the personalized legal counsel and representation that you need to face the reality of your divorce with confidence. The Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, offers clients one-on-one access to an attorney. To schedule a consultation, call or e-mail our law offices in Tampa.

Child Custody and Child Support Lawyers in Florida

When parents of minor children divorce or separate, it is important to determine each one’s rights and responsibilities until the children reach age 18. A child custody and visitation schedule, most commonly referred to as a “Parenting Plan”, spells out in clear, legal terms the arrangements for care and upbringing of the child:

  • When the child will spend time with each parent individually through the year.
  • When, and how, the child will keep in contact with the non-custodial parent when they are not in their custody.
  • Who will pay the child’s health and/or dental insurance.
  • Who will claim the child as a deduction on income tax returns.
  • How important decisions regarding the child will be delegated.

Note: In Florida, the law now presumes that children of divorced and separated parents will be raised through nearly 50-50 shared parenting schedules. Parents with strong cases for deviating from such an arrangement need to demonstrate to a family law judge why there should be an exception. Our law firm can help you petition for more time with your child or children or object to the other parent’s attempt to do so. Child support is determined by a state calculator that takes into account each parent’s income and the amount of time the child is with each parent.

Although divorce or separation can be a stressful and often painful experience for many couples, most parents are able to set their differences and negotiate child custody arrangements which are in the child’s best interests. When parents do not agree about child custody and visitation, it may be necessary for a family law judge to make these decisions. However, at the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, we believe that parents themselves know best what type of living and care giving arrangements are in a child’s best interests. Our attorneys can adeptly guide you through the process of child custody negotiations or litigation. Our clients include parents preparing to divorce, who are previously divorced and separated, unmarried mothers and fathers.

Contact a Florida Child Custody

Our attorneys are prepared to work directly with you to help you arrive at a child custody and visitation arrangement that makes sense for your family. Contact us to discuss any questions you have about child custody and child support. Lawyers at the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, welcome the opportunity to advise you from our law offices in Tampa. Your first consultation will be conducted on a “no further obligation” basis

Enforcement of Child Support

One of the fundamental principles of the Florida family law firm of the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, is that of honesty. Our clients know that they can count on us to tell them the truth and advise them in their best interests accordingly.

When parents approach us in search of legal advice and assistance in the area of child support enforcement, we sometimes tell them when it does not make sense to hire an attorney. In many cases, parents can accomplish their goals of enforcing child support collection from deadbeat “other parents” of their children through direct contact with the state department of revenue.

Working with a private attorney may be more expensive in the end than what custodial parents may collect through enforcement of child support orders. We honestly share with clients when we believe the cost of an attorney is likely to surpass the increased revenue through enforced child support.

Nonetheless, many of our clients tell us that they are more comfortable leaving the negotiations and legal maneuvers to us. In child support cases as in divorce and all family law cases that we handle at the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, in or Tampa, a clients’ needs and expectations take precedence. We are prepared to defend your right to receive child support.

Contact a Tampa Family Law Lawyer for Advice and Help Regarding Child Support Enforcement

Talk to us to learn how we can help and what steps we recommend that you follow in pursuit of child support payments that your child’s other parent has not paid as ordered. We are also prepared to request child support modifications for parents who are no longer able to pay as required in the original child support order.

Contact a Florida Child Custody

Our attorneys are prepared to work directly with you to help you arrive at a child custody and visitation arrangement that makes sense for your family. Contact us to discuss any questions you have about child custody and child support. Lawyers at the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, welcome the opportunity to advise you from our law offices in Tampa. Your first consultation will be conducted on a “no further obligation” basis

Adoption

If you are planning to adopt a child in Florida, you are welcome to contact the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC. Learn how we can help facilitate a smooth adoption process, regardless of the type of adoption:

  • Stepparent adoption
  • Grandparent adoption
  • Private adoption
  • A complex adoption, such as when a biological parent is incarcerated and a judge determines that an involuntary termination of parental rights is in the child’s best interests

We can advise you on all the legal aspects of an adoption, including:

  • Paternity test, if applicable
  • Notification of an absent parent, if applicable
  • Fulfilling any requirement of the state such as a home study
  • Preparing for the adoption procedure in court

It is important to realize the lifelong implications of a successful adoption. Your adopted child will be legally “grafted in” to your family tree, and will have all the rights of a natural child of yours. He or she will no longer be a legal part of his or her biological family of origin.

It is also essential to take all legal steps necessary to ensure that an adoption will be “forever” and cannot be challenged or undone. Prevent potential heartache following a private adoption in Florida by working with an experienced Orlando family lawyer. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skills necessary to make sure that your new parental rights will be binding.

The Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, also assists with temporary guardianships for children whose parents will be inaccessible for some period of time – military deployment, for example.

Contact an Attorney as Your Family Prepares to Welcome a New Child Adoption Assistance in Florida

For most families, an adoption is a happy occasion. Our family law attorneys are privileged to be a part of the adoption process when we can be of assistance. Contact us to learn how we can help with your coming adoption of a new son or daughter. And congratulations!

Please note that the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC, can also help you update your will following the adoption or birth of a child or children. From our law offices in Tampa, we serve clients throughout the region.

Paternity

Paternity actions are often necessary in situations such as the following:

  • To prepare for any type of adoption by confirming who the child’s biological father is: a private adoption, a stepparent adoption or a grandparent adoption.
  • When a birth mother seeks child support
  • When a birth father seeks custody or visitation rights
  • When a father or mother in an unmarried couple wishes to formalize custody and visitation arrangements to prevent kidnapping
  • When a putative father (a man alleged to be the father) seeks confirmation of his belief that he is not the father, in order to avoid paying child support.
  • In connection with a divorce or child support dispute, to settle questions about who the father of a child is.
  • When family members understand that it is in a child’s best interests to know the truth about his or her family origins

Unmarried couples are our most common clients in connection with paternity cases handled by the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer, PLLC. Our family law attorneys are ready to advise you on the most efficient and effective way to ensure your parental rights as well as your child’s right to know his or her full identity.

Contact a Tampa Family Lawyer Regarding Paternity in Florida

Please note: In Florida, a man may make a claim of potential paternity through a putative father registry. Ask our law firm about any questions you have regarding the Florida Putative Father Registry, and about how to get legal confirmation of your paternity once your child is born.

Get the answers and help that you need related to paternity, DNA testing, adoption, guardianship, child custody, child support or any other child-related legal issue. Contact an experienced Florida family law attorney at the Law Offices of Fisher & Frommer,PLLC.