Divorce Lawyers in Clearwater, FL
If you have been served with divorce papers, call our expert family law attorney as soon as possible. Time deadlines are pending. You can reach our expert by calling us at 727-531-8737.
Dissolution of Marriage: The End of Your Life as You Know It
Ending a marriage impacts every aspect of your life. It is not just a legal problem. Divorce changes your marital status, your financial situation, your relationship with friends, family and even your own children. Divorce changes the way you feel about yourself and brings with it huge emotional changes and traumas.
Virtually every part of your life will be touched and in almost all instances the impact will be negative.
With your first consultation, our attorney, who is an expert in Marital and Family Law, will begin…Our law firm has handled over 1800 family law cases, including high-asset divorces, complex litigation divorces, cases involving children’s issues and cases involving complex financial issues. We strive to help our clients through their divorce with professionalism, integrity and compassion.
We believe that in order to successfully represent you, we must devise a holistic approach that helps you deal with not only your legal problems, but that helps you re-organize your life as well.
The Legal Strategy: What Does Divorce Mean for Me?
The issues involved in a dissolution of marriage are important and far reaching. If there are children, parental responsibility is at the top of the Judge’s list of concerns and yours as well. Access to your children, that is – “Where are my children going to live?” and “When will they be with me?” – is always a key issue for most parents.
Gary E. Williams has endured a custody fight, and won. He understands the important issues that Courts look at to determine which parent should be the parent with custody. He has been before the Court both as a parent and client and as an attorney and has watched these decisions being made. This experience, from both sides of the desk, allows us to successfully guide you toward making the best decisions on this subject and to putting forward your very best case.
Although nearly 50% of all marriages end in divorce, it is important to understand that your legal battle is different than anyone else’s you might know. Whether it is your decision to begin a divorce, or if you were the one served with divorce papers, our divorce expert will analyze the facts of your case and develop a legal strategy to maximize your time with your children, post divorce.
If you have children, they will become the focus of the proceedings from each vantage point: Yours, ours and the judge’s. Time Sharing, a Parenting Plan, Child Support and the best interest of the children will be the Court’s primary consideration during your divorce. We will work with you to focus on the children’s issues to insure their best interest are protected and to insure that you understand the factors the Court will examine when considering what is best for the children.
In addition to developing a legal strategy focused on your children, we will also develop a strategy to deal with the other issues in your case. Equitable Distribution – the dividing up of the assets and liabilities can be an area fraught with peril.Alimony is always an acrimonious issue between the parties and child support can be as well. With each issue, we will assess your goals and objectives and the facts of your case and then develop a strategy that is designed to help you pursue those goals.
CHILD CUSTODY IS NOW PARENTING PLANS AND TIME SHARING
Florida has done away with the concepts of “custody” and “primary residential care.”
The focus these days in on the best interest of the children and the Court has a great many factors it must consider in determining what is in the best interest of the children. Most important of these factors is which parent will do the most to insure that the other parent has a good relationship with the children. Other factors involve the historical primary care giver, the stability of the parties, their economic circumstances and how they are going to be able to handle their child rearing responsibilities post-divorce.
During your case we will develop our proposed Parenting Plan, which is the document that describes how the parties are going to co-parent the children after their divorce is over. The primary component to the Parenting Plan is the Time-Sharing schedule, which determines when the children will be with each parent. The Time-Sharing schedule addresses the school year schedule, the summer schedule and the holiday’s schedule. Obviously, this schedule it vitally important to both parents. We work with our clients to develop a strategy to convince the Court that our client should have the time-sharing schedule that they seek.
The Parenting Plan also addresses which school the child will attend, how decision will be made about the child’s education, health, religious training and other important aspects of the children’s lives. Extra-curricular activities and the cost of medical insurance, and uninsured medical expenses are addressed as well. Virtually every aspect of the children’s lives, including who gets to claim the children as a tax deduction is determined by the Parenting Plan.
Prior to any settlement negotiations, we make sure our client is aware of all of the options available in a Parenting Plan and Time-Sharing schedule so that they can make informed decisions about the Parenting Plan they are attempting to negotiate.
Accounting for all of the assets and liabilities and then equitably dividing them between the Parties can be complicated. What is a marital asset that is subject to distribution and what is a pre-marital or non-marital asset? What about the inheritance I got from my grandmother? What about the money from the house I owned before I got married that was used as a down payment on the house we live in? What about the money I co-mingled into a common account? Sometimes equitable distribution is not as easy as it sounds.
Then there the financial accounts, checking and savings are easy enough, (If your spouse hasn’t been hiding money.) but there may also be retirement accounts, pension funds, 401-K’s, IRA’s and other financial accounts that have to be distributed as well. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders are used for this purpose and IF they are not done properly, many years into the future you may discover you are not entitled to the retirement money you thought you were going to get. My MBA and 25 years of experience in finance give me the background you need to ensure you get the money, property and retirement funds that are owed to you.
The marital home, and other real estate holdings, are also important issues. How will the house be handled? Sold? Saved for the kids? One party buying out the other and, if so, how does one party get off the note and mortgage on that home? These are all important issues as our stock options, pensions, military pensions, stock in closely held corporation and the valuation of businesses owned by one party or the other.
In addition to being an expert in Marital and Family Law, our expert also has an MBA and a BA in Business Administration. He has the education and experience to understand complex financial issues, such as the alimony capture rule of the IRS, the impact of capital gains taxes on various classes of assets, the impact of active appreciation on pre-marital assets, and the best way to divide assets so as to maximize your future investment returns.
Even if you think you do not own anything to divide, you will be surprised how much personal property exists within your marriage. Automobiles, your furniture, jewelry, art work, and everything else in your home is subject to distribution by the Court. Using the proper method of valuing these items is essential to making sure that you receive a fair distribution of these assets.
Liabilities: Let’s Not Pay Their Bills Too!
Chances are, between the two of you, debt exists in your marriage. It is our duty to find out how much, who is responsible for it, and where the allocations of its future payments lie.
At The Law Firm for Family Law, our goal is provide our clients with a commitment to their livelihood. We are more than divorce attorneys, we are partners in professionalism, integrity and compassion.
Credit related issues and liability for various types of debt obligations are among the most challenging problems to resolve. This is an area where the rules of the real world often have more impact than a Court order. Gary Williams has a background in finance, credit and mortgage lending, and an MBA. In these areas we cannot only assist you in solving your legal problems; We can help you deal with the realities of the rules of the real world as well.
Hire a Divorce Attorney in Clearwater, FL
Divorce is a minefield. You need a guide who can help you navigate through it without your suffering major harm. I try to navigate my clients, not only through the legal minefield of divorce, but also try to give them a map to the real world mine fields they may encounter after their divorce.
Even once your divorce is finished, I still consider you a client. If you should ever need advice or counsel, I am always available to talk with you. You don’t have to do it alone, please call today (727) 531-8737.