Protecting Your Rights in Florida Divorce
Divorce is an overwhelming experience for parents and children, and can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. If you and your spouse have decided to dissolve your marriage, or are considering the necessary steps to do so, it’s in your best interest to speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney. Seeking a divorce involves determining many factors that will affect the rest of your life. Turn to Adam R. Cowhey, P.A., Attorney & Counselor, to help you make those decisions. Mr. Cowhey will protect your rights and work hard to achieve your goals in negotiation or in the courtroom.
Resolving Every Aspect of Your Divorce
When you decide to divorce, it can be stressful both financially and emotionally. We understand that a divorce separates much more than just a romantic connection. Your home, children, assets, and debts are all factors that must be dealt with and agreed upon in the Florida courts. Mr. Cowhey has tremendous experience negotiating all aspects of complex divorce agreements in Florida. He will address all of your concerns, and protect your rights throughout the divorce process. Sometimes, ending a marriage can be fairly simple. However, most of the time there are numerous factors to be addressed, including:
Division of Marital Property: It is important to protect your personal property in divorce. During the process of a divorce, the Florida Courts will determine the distribution of all marital debt, property and other assets that can be divided between you and your spouse. It is the courts’ responsibility to begin with an understanding that distribution of property should be equal unless otherwise justified. You can understand why having an experienced lawyer is important in this situation, even clients who live modestly may end up dividing a net worth of several million dollars. Furthermore, Mr. Cowhey can facilitate business valuations and property appraisals when necessary.
Alimony: Florida Law considers whether or not an ex-husband or ex-wife should continue to support the other spouse even after the divorce is finalized. When circumstance calls for this provision, it is called alimony. There are various forms of alimony in Florida, including: permanent periodic alimony, rehabilitative alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony, durational alimony, temporary alimony, and lump sum alimony. The payment is awarded on a case by case basis, therefore being represented by a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney is crucial. There are numerous factors to be considered when determining the entitlement to and amount of alimony such as:
- How long the marriage lasted
- Potential marital misconduct
- Spousal contribution to the marriage
- Financial circumstances of each party
- Age of those involved, as well as their emotional and physical condition
- Standard of living during the marriage
Parenting Plan: In Florida, child custody, visitation and parental responsibility are part of the statute mandated parenting plan. The court takes into account the best interests of minor children in these matters. By nature, this is one of the most emotionally sensitive aspects of family law. Mr. Cowhey will work to achieve your goals regarding the determination of a primary parent and the establishment of a visitation or time-sharing arrangement.
Child Support: Child support obligations fall on both parents, although not often equally. While Florida courts require parties to calculate child support using the Florida Child Support Guidelines, many difficulties often arise in computing an accurate child support amount. Further, if a party receives a substantial amount of parenting time (or visitation), he/she may be entitled to a reduction in child support. Adam Cowhey has a thorough understanding of the mitigating circumstances that may result in child support adjustments for both parties.
Mr. Cowhey understands that financial considerations are very important in divorce law, especially given the present economy. He will work with you to find the most cost-effective option for your divorce, while keeping in mind your legal goals. If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the complexities of divorce, please contact Mr. Cowhey