The city of Oldsmar, named after automobile pioneer Ransom E. Olds who purchased the land in 1913, has enjoyed a colorful history over the past 100 years or so. Originally having few settlers in the area, Olds took to developing the area, building bridges, power plants, paving the streets with oyster shells and making clean water freely available to visitors and residents. A sawmill and foundry eventually came to the area, and the 60-room Wayside Inn was constructed in 1921.
Oldsmar is no stranger to scandal. The Oldsmar pier, stretching 1000 feet into the Bay of Tampa, would regularly receive coconuts loaded with rum bottles during prohibition. Harry Prettyman, the individual who purchased a part of the land from Olds after the area proved to be less profitable than once thought, staged gold rushes in vacant lots and sold underwater lots to unsuspecting investors. This caused the name to temporarily change to Tampa Shores, but the name Oldsmar was restored in 1937.
Divorcing in Oldsmar, Florida
The city is a relatively “young” town, with the median age being 36 years. Of the 13,591 individuals residing in Oldsmar, 56.9% of those were married couples living together according to the census from 2010. Unfortunately, a number of these marriages will deteriorate and end in divorce.
Grounds for Divorce in Florida
Florida is a no-fault state. This means that one spouse cannot allege that the wrongdoings of another spouse is what led in the divorce. Where the court may factor in fault, however, is in the division of property or in the awarding of alimony.
Our state is an equitable division state. This allows each spouse to own his or her separate income as well as any property which is in his or her name. But being an equitable division state doesn’t necessarily mean that both parties will walk away with equal assets.
A judge will begin the case with the presumption that all property will be divided equally, but he or she will listen to arguments from each spouse and then make a determination as to what he or she believes to be a fair division of property.
Having a respectful and compassionate family law attorney like Gary E. Williams is important in ensuring that you and your loved ones are financially protected at the end of a divorce. Gary E. Williams is a certified collaborative divorce attorney and a certified divorce financial analyst, and brings years of experience to his clients.
If you live in Pinellas County, we invite you to call us toll free at (727) 531-8737 for more information.
Directions to Our Clearwater Family Law Attorneys from Oldsmar, FL
These directions are from Google Maps starting from:
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Total Est. Time: 14 mins
Total Est. Distance: 5.8 mi
- Head south
- Turn left toward Forest Lakes Blvd
- Turn right onto Forest Lakes Blvd
- Turn right onto FL-580 W/Forest Lakes Blvd/St Petersburg Dr W
- Slight left at Belcher Rd onto N McMullen Booth Rd
- Turn right onto Union St
- Union St turns slightly right and becomes 2nd St E
- Turn left onto McCormick Dr
- Destination will be on the left
We are located at:
2629 McCormick Drive #Suite 101
Clearwater, FL 33759