Glantzlaw attorneys advocate for our clients in all aspects of family law from pre-trial proceedings and discovery, through settlement negotiations, mediation, and trial. Family law encompasses divorce, division of property, paternity, domestic, repeat or dating violence, parenting plans, name changes, child support, adoption, and temporary custody of minor children.
In divorce cases, alimony may be a point of substantial contention, and can cost clients substantial time, money, and emotional stress. Your Glantzlaw attorney makes every effort to ease the process in a timely and cost-effective manner. While judges have a lot of discretion in determining the type and amount of alimony, your attorney guides you through the process and protects your interests. Divorce often involves a division of marital property and debts, as well as alimony, and requires decisions about parental responsibility and timesharing.
In Florida, “Parenting Plan” is the current term replacing words such as “custody,” “visitation,” or “primary residential parent.” Florida Courts or the parties themselves develop a Parenting Plan to establish parents’ respective timesharing and decision-making rights in raising their children.
Child support is based on each parent’s net earnings which are determined under the Florida Child Support Guidelines. Support may be adjusted by factors such as health insurance, child care costs, and most significantly the number of overnights spent by a child with each parent. Your Glantzlaw attorney is also available to help in matters when a former spouse fails to pay Court-ordered support.
Paternity is the legal process of establishing the father’s rights if the mother is not married at the time of the child’s birth. The father’s name on the birth certificate is not enough to establish paternity. Your Glantzlaw attorney can guide you through paternity issues, such as: the child’s last name, the father’s name on the birth certificate, child support, timesharing, and the father’s ability to make decisions that affect the child.
An adoption requires strict compliance with provisions for notice and consent. If, for example, the natural parent’s whereabouts are unknown, a diligent search must be performed in order to identify a last known address. If the natural parent’s consent is unavailable, legally sufficient reasons must be presented before the Court can waive any requirement for the consent and allow the adoption to go forward. A natural parent has one year to challenge the termination of his/ her parental rights and the adoption of the child.
Temporary Custody of Minor Children can be given to certain extended family members who are available to care for the children when the parents are not. With a Court order, designated family members have the authority to secure health care, arrange for school enrollment, and take other appropriate action. When children are involved, the stakes are high, and your Glantzlaw attorney addresses these issues with sensitivity, legal knowledge, and specificity.
A Restraining Order is an Injunction against Violence that prohibits one party from harming another party. Situations include Dating Violence, Repeat Violence, and Domestic Violence. While these injunction cases are not criminal, the process can be daunting and your testimony could have an effect on pending criminal charges. Glantzlaw is there to protect your interests.