Family Law encompasses not only divorce actions, but also includes modification proceedings, adoptions, paternity actions, and step parent adoptions. In divorce proceedings, often issues of alimony, child custody, child support, and property division must be addressed. Our Cocoa Beach firm offers assistance in legally ending a marriage, and with issues that will need to be resolved regarding children, finances and property.
The Law Office of Jason M. Gordon, want you to be prepared for this often difficult process our specialty in “Family Law” offers a wealth of knowledge and vast experience can provide the tools to move to the next step in your life.
To better understand how Florida laws pertain to dissolution of marriage proceedings, it helps to know the following:
At least one spouse must have resided in the state of Florida for at least six months prior to filing a petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
Florida is a No-Fault state. That means that you do not have to prove that the other person was at fault in order to get a Dissolution of Marriage. Either party can file if the marriage is irretrievably broken. That means that there is no chance for reconciliation, or if one of the spouses has been mentally incapacitated for at least three years.
Florida is an equitable distribution state. This means the court will distribute all marital property equitably, and will start with the assumption that all marital property should be divided equally.
Alimony is determined on a need verses ability to pay analysis. That means that a spouse must show an actual need for alimony as well as the other spouse’s ability to pay the alimony.
The court must apply the official State Child Support Guidelines when determining child support. The guidelines take into account health insurance costs for the children and daycare needs for employment and school purposes.
Timesharing is based on the best interest of the children. In making its determination, the court will evaluate several factors as at line in the Florida Statutes. Recently the trend has been a split time sharing arrangement. That means approximately fifty/fifty timesharing with each parent.
If clients have already reached agreements regarding custody, support and property division, and merely need assistance in legally completing the action, The Law Office of Jason M. Gordon Family Law offers affordable, flat fee divorce services.