Tampa Divorce Attorney
Tampa Family Law Lawyers – Responsive & Knowledgeable
Divorce is one of the most traumatic events a person experiences in his or her lifetime. The process can be lengthy, complex, and emotionally draining. We are experienced Tampa divorce attorneys and we will be at your side to help you navigate through the sometimes tangled divorce process striving to make it as easy as possible for you and to promote settlement. At All Family Law Group, P.A., our Tampa family law attorneys are skilled at handling all types of matters pertaining to divorce and family law as we focus exclusively in these areas of law. Our Tampa, Florida lawyers and legal staff devote themselves to learning every aspect of the law and have extensive trial experience in divorce, custody and related matters.
In any divorce case, property division and spousal support are two of the biggest considerations to spouses must come to terms. This includes determining marital and non-marital property, equitably distributing marital property and determining whether and to what extent one spouse should provide the other with alimony. If there are children involved, child custody and child support must also be considered. Shared parental responsibility plans, otherwise known as Parenting Plans, must be drafted and agreed upon by the parties or ordered by the Court.
Tampa Divorce lawyers, All Family Law Group, P.A., was founded in 1997 to provide effective solutions to family law issues including, not limited to:
- Family Law
We know how difficult it can be in many cases for our clients, and we can empathize with their situation. We strive to keep our clients informed and to be responsive to their concerns. This is a personal goal for each one of us at our law firm. The experienced divorce attorneys at our Tampa family law firm can help you today with your divorce or family law matter. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your options.
Divorce and Family Law Representation Throughout Tampa Bay
Florida law has specific provisions regarding divorce, distribution of property, alimony, child custody and support, and our Tampa divorce attorneys strive hard to work towards an amicable and fair solution to every divorce case. When possible, we try to mediate a solution between both parties that leaves both spouses satisfied with the result. However, our office is skilled at litigation and is not afraid to take your divorce case to trial in order to ensure that you are properly compensated for your contributions to the marriage.
We are experienced and skilled Tampa divorce attorneys and family law lawyers, having helped thousands of individuals and families resolve their divorce and family law issues. Our family law firm includes devoted legal staff and attorneys who are committed to providing excellent and responsive legal services to our clients. Our services are tailored to resolve your individual circumstances. We gather information regarding your particular case at your free initial consultation and throughout your case. As we learn more about your particular situation, we will continue to be responsive to your specific concerns.
We will communicate with you and work to expedite your case as quickly as possible throughout the process. We strive to provide cost-effective legal services by working toward an amicable solution, when possible, to avoid expensive, time consuming and emotionally draining litigation. However, sometimes cases cannot be amicably resolved. Under these circumstances, our goal is to represent you to attain the best result to which you are legally entitled. Our Tampa divorce and family law attorneys are experienced, thorough and aggressive litigators, and we strive to provide you with the best representation possible – anywhere.
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- Avoid Roadblocks To Divorce
- Frequent Divorce Process Mistakes
- How to Handle Children in a Divorce
- Keeping Kids Away From Divorce
- Protecting Your Children During Divorce
- Life Changes During Divorce
- Divorce In A Down Economy
- The 6 Stages Of Divorce Grief
- Advantages & Disadvantages Of Parenting Plans
At the law firm of All Family Law Group, our Tampa divorce lawyers divide the divorce process into several steps. The steps are as follows:
- Free initial consultation. At your no-charge initial consultation we meet with you one on one to determine the legal issues involved in your case and advise you of the options available to you based upon what you have said.
- If you initiate the divorce, we will file a divorce petition. Filing a petition for dissolution of marriage is the first step in the divorce process. Once filed, the petition will be served by personal service upon your spouse who then has 20 days to respond to us and the court.
- If your spouse initiates the divorce, we will file an answer and counter petition within 20 days of the date you were served. The answer will include your response to the petition and the counter petition will include your requests for resolution.
- A mandatory case management conference is scheduled by the Court within 90 days of the date the petition for divorce is filed. The conference is held in front of a judge, and the parties are required to have filed certain pleadings including a Financial Affidavit, completion of financial disclosure and if minor children, completion of a parenting class and a child support guidelines worksheet. This is simply a case status conference and there is no testimony by the parties.
- Financial discovery occurs after the initial paperwork is filed. This is where the parties obtain and provide copies of financial information from and to each other as to their income, assets and debts
- If minor children are involved then issues regarding visitation and custody must be resolved. Custody and visitation are now known simply as “time-sharing.” The terms primary and secondary custody have been eliminated by the legislature as of October 1, 2008.
- Other issues to be resolved include child support, child care, health and dental insurance as well as uncovered medical and dental expenses. Other Court requirements are preparation of a parenting plan including a detailed daily, holiday and summer time-sharing schedule of the parents, a child support guidelines worksheet, and both parents attendance at a mandatory parenting class either in person or online.
- After the financial discovery is completed, if we cannot come to an agreement beforehand, we attend a mediation conference which is mandatory in Hillsborough County. The majority of cases settle at mediation. If so, an agreement is drafted and signed at the time of the conference. A settlement agreement between the parties and their attorneys may also be negotiated prior to mediation or drafted after mediation using information from the mediation and further negotiations. An uncontested final hearing will be held if an agreement is reached.
- If parties do not succeed in reaching an agreement through mediation or negotiations between the parties and their attorneys, a temporary relief hearing may be held to address immediate issues, including issues relating to child custody, visitation (time-sharing), child support, alimony and attorney fees.
- If the parties cannot agree and the judge must decide the outcome, the first step is a pretrial conference. This is mandatory and the hearing is generally scheduled one month prior to the contested final hearing; however, it does depend on the judge’s calendar. The primary purpose of the pretrial conference is to determine what issues will be heard at the final hearing or trial.
- A contested final hearing or trial is the final step in the Tampa divorce process. The issues are brought before the judge by testimony of the parties and evidence supporting each party’s position. We will be thoroughly prepared to represent you and your position and to skillfully present thoroughly researched evidence to support your case.
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage: The first step is the party seeking to initiate a divorce must file a petition for divorce. If you are that party, we will file the petition for you and have it served by process server on your husband or wife. She or he has 20 days from the date of service to respond.
Counter petition: If your spouse is the party who files a petition for divorce, we can help you prepare an answer and counter-petition. You only have 20 days to file these documents after the date of service. Your answer includes your response and the counter-petition includes how you wish to resolve the marriage. If you do not file an answer within 20 days, the spouse who filed the petition can obtain a default against you. This means, in short, that the process will continue without your involvement and the petitioning party can obtain a default judgment.
Financial discovery: After the initial pleadings are filed, served and responded to, the parties begin the process of exchanging paperwork fully disclosing financial information (income, debts, assets). It is mandatory that each party submit a financial affidavit. Also, mandatory disclosure is required and the parties are to provide certain documents to the other party; however, this requirement can be waived by both parties if it is not necessary to resolve the case.
Case management conference: The court will schedule a mandatory case management conference within 90 days of when the petition for divorce was filed. This conference is held before a judge and requires the parties to file certain documents as part of the divorce proceedings. These documents include a financial affidavit, financial disclosure, and other documents if there are minor children involved. The parties do not testify at this conference as it is a procedural hearing. The purpose of the hearing is for the judge to get an update on the status of the case.
Custody and Visitation: If there are minor children involved, the divorce must deal with issues of time-sharing, who gets custody and visitation, etc. The parties should also try to come to an agreement on the children’s health care, insurance, child support and uncovered medical expenses that may be incurred. A detailed parenting plan and schedule and attendance (in person or online) at a mandatory parenting class is also be required.
Mediation: The parties must attend mediation if they cannot resolve the issues between themselves with their attorneys. This is where most divorce cases are settled. If you are successful, an agreement will be drafted and signed at the mediation conference. If the parties negotiated an agreement beforehand or at mediation, an uncontested final hearing will be held to finalize the agreement.
Temporary Relief Hearing: If on the other hand the parties do not reach agreement, a temporary relief hearing may be held to resolve the most pressing issues: child custody, visitation, attorney fees, child support and alimony. It is necessary that the parties attend mediation before they can attend a temporary relief hearing.
Pretrial Conference: If the parties are still unable to come to agreement, the final decisions go to a judge. A mandatory pretrial conference will be held one month prior to the contested final hearing. A Pretrial Memorandum must be submitted by both parties. This will in essence detail the issues which have not been resolved and how each party would like the issues resolved.
Contested Final Hearing: This hearing, or trial, is the final step in the process. The judge will hear testimony and evidence from both parties. Your experienced Tampa divorce attorneys will be prepared to aggressively represent you and present the most persuasive evidence in support of your case. The judge will make the final decision and enter a final judgment detailing his or her decision.
Contact Experienced Tampa Divorce & Family Law Lawyers
Begin the process now. If you have questions regarding any of the areas of law in which we practice, contact the divorce lawyers of All Family Law Group. We are committed to providing to you with the best representation possible. Contact our firm online or call 813-321-3421 for a free initial consultation.