Florida Family Law, Divorce & Bankruptcy Resources
All Family Law Group, P.A. is pleased to provide the following links and resources for the benefit of individuals and families seeking information about divorce and family law or bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and debt relief in the Tampa Bay area. We hope these resources are helpful to you. If you need advice or representation in a particular legal matter, please contact our office for a free, confidential consultation.
Tampa Bay Family Law Resources
At The Florida Bar website, you can download several informative pamphlets on family law topics, including Divorce in Florida, Parenting and Divorce and Adoption in Florida
Click here for an online Florida Child Support calculator to estimate the amount of child support which may be ordered in your case. You will need to know the incomes of both parents as well as the monthly costs of daycare and the children’s health insurance paid by both parents to use the calculator. Note: this is an estimate only. The actual amount awarded in your case may be different based upon a number of other factors which cannot easily be factored into a formula.
General information on child support is provided by the Florida Department of Revenue. For help with child support enforcement, you may want to try the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. You can also contact our office for immediate legal assistance in getting child support paid.
If the parent responsible for paying child support has disappeared, the Federal Parent Locator Service may be able to help.
To learn more about the process for foster care placement or agency adoption, visit the website of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
If you need help and support with a domestic violence issue, get to a safe place and contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You can also contact our office for help with a protective injunction. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Resources for Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Help in Tampa
Bankruptcies in the Tampa Bay area are filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Download the court’s Bankruptcy Basics guide for basic information on federal bankruptcy laws, such as the different chapters (7, 11, 12, 13) under which a bankruptcy case can be filed, along with some answers to common questions about the process for bankruptcy.
Consumer Bankruptcy in Florida is a pamphlet offered by The Florida Bar. It includes informative sections on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 and provides helpful tips on how to rebuild your credit following a bankruptcy.
To view the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, go to the U.S. House of Representatives’ U.S. Code page and click on the PDF button for Title 11. Click here to go straight to individual portions of the Bankruptcy Code, such as Chapter 7 straight bankruptcy or Chapter 13 adjustment of debts.
All of the proceedings and procedures in a bankruptcy matter are governed by the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. These rules cover matters such as a discharge of debt under Chapter 7, the confirmation of a Chapter 13 debt adjustment plan, or the section 341 Meeting of Creditors.
The United States Trustee Program is responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases. Visit this site to learn about the U.S. Trustee and the federal bankruptcy system.
An organization called NeighborWorks America has partnered with the Ad Council and other groups to create a public awareness campaign called foreclosure help and hope. They also staff a 24-hour hotline to provide foreclosure intervention assistance and connect homeowners with local housing counselors.
The FDIC also provides helpful information to consumers regarding mortgages and loans. Their website contains information on foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, and how to obtain a lien release.
The federal government offers many programs under the Making Home Affordable umbrella, including the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA), and Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). These programs offer opportunities to get a loan modification, re-fi, or get out of your mortgage obligation without foreclosure, such as through a short sale, deed in lieu of foreclosure, or cash for keys arrangement. Keep in mind, however, that banks are not required to make any modifications under these programs, and you may have better success hiring an experienced Tampa bankruptcy attorney to help you.