DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW
DIVORCE, MARITAL/SEPARATION AGREEMENTS | CHILD SUPPORT AND ENFORCEMENT
GROUNDS FOR A DIVORCE IN FLORIDA
Our firm has dealt with all forms of child support cases from establishing child support, modifications, contempt cases, and any other enforcement type of hearing, i.e. suspension of driver’s licenses, etc..
In determining child support the number of overnights the minor children spends with each parent is taken into consideration in doing the calculation of the number. The amount paid for daycare and health and dental insurance is also included in the final child support number.
If a party is not working at the time child support is established, a Judge may assess minimum wage to the unemployed parent. If a parent has quit their job in an attempt to avoid paying child support, the Judge may assess their past income when establishing child support.
A parent has the right to be represented by an attorney for any Department of Revenue (DOR) hearings. DOR can establish child support without having a hearing. The only way to "fix" these orders would be to appeal those orders or file a paternity action to establish a timesharing schedule (visitation). Ms. Abbott has handled many child support cases dealing with DOR.
MONTHLY BILLS / EXPENSES DURING THE DIVORCE
During a divorce, typically, the Court expects for "status quo" to continue. If one spouse paid the car insurance, the mortgage/rent, and/or the groceries, this must continue unless there is a written agreement between the parties or a court order.
DEPENDENCY / DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
One of the most important thing parents should know: you have a right to an attorney whenever an investigator with the Department of Children and
Family Services wishes to speak with you. Understand that prior to a court case is filed, the attorney would have to be a private attorney. Our firm has
experience with working with the Department of Children and Family Services (Child Protective Services) and have handled many dependency cases.
TEMPORARY CUSTODY BY A FAMILY MEMBER
Sometimes in life there are parents who are not able to take care of their children. In many cases, the families of these parents are the ones that become responsible for the care of the children. There are occasions that the parents willingly ask for help. But, unfortunately, there are times when the families sometimes have to step in for the best interest of their grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin, brother, or sister. The Florida Statutes have a Chapter specifically addressing these times to assist families in stepping in and protecting the children without the necessity of the Department of Children and Family Services (Social Services, Child Protective Services). In these instances, the parents of the children maintain their parental rights.
Every client’s divorce case is unique. And because of this, Ms. Abbott’s goal on every case is to assist her clients in obtaining what would be in the best interest of their families. She works with her clients to develop a strategy which will provide them with their desired outcome while providing them with advice on Florida law and how it applies to their case. Ms. Abbott and her staff are dedicated to assisting her clients through this difficult time in their lives. Whether you are going through a divorce or having issues with child support, Ms. Abbott is available for consultation to help you get the best resolution for your situation.
Divorce and Family Law Areas of Practice Include:
• Contested and Uncontested Divorces
• Complex Divorces
• Timesharing/Visitation (Child Custody)
• Child Support and Enforcement
• Spousal Support/Alimony
• Distribution of Property
• Property and Marital Settlements
• Modification and Enforcement Actions/Contempt
• Domestic Violence Injunctions
• Paternity Determinations
• Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
• Stepparent Adoptions
• Dependency actions (DCF)
• Division of assets and debts