Parkland Divorce Lawyer
If your Broward or Palm Beach County divorce involves contentious child custody issues or complicated facts that require sophisticated litigation our Parkland divorce lawyers at HVW Law Group provide the level of knowledge, experience and commitment you need to guide you through the divorce process. Our divorce lawyers use collaborative principles to assist with the full range of issues related to your divorce, including but not limited to the division of marital property, alimony, child custody and support, and representation in both contested and uncontested divorces.
Division of Marital Property
If the parties can’t come up with a property settlement agreement on their own, the judge in a Florida divorce will make an equitable distribution of marital property after hearing from both parties and considering a number of factors. The court must determine whether an asset is marital or non-marital. Marital assets include but are not limited to assets acquired during the marriage individually by either spouse or jointly by them, the enhancement in value and appreciation of nonmarital assets resulting either from the efforts of either party during the marriage, interspousal gifts during the marriage, and all vested and non-vested benefits accrued during the marriage such as pension and retirement.
The court will typically distribute marital assets and liabilities equally, unless there is justification for an unequal distribution based on relevant factors including but not limited to the contribution to the marriage by each spouse, the economic circumstances of the parties, the duration of the marriage, any interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities of either party, the contribution of one spouse to the personal career or educational opportunity of the other spouse, and the intentional depletion of marital assets. Parties in high-net worth divorces may have complicated assets such as business interests, stock options or profit-sharing plans, and some spouses take steps to conceal or undervalue property. We utilize our knowledge, skills and experience to make sure every asset and debt is discovered, properly characterized as marital or separate property, and accurately valued. We argue for your interests under Florida equitable distribution law to ensure a fair property division that meets your needs, contact our Parkland divorce lawyers today.
Alimony may be granted to allow a former spouse to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage for a fixed period of time after divorce, until the persona is able to be self-supporting, or indefinitely in the case of a long marriage. Alimony is not automatically granted in a Florida divorce. Either the husband or the wife may seek alimony from the other, and if this request is opposed by the other spouse, a period of litigation will follow before the judge decides whether alimony will be awarded and if so, what kind, how much and for how long. Whether you are looking to receive alimony or being asked to pay, we provide the court with the information needed on the Florida alimony factors to ensure that you are treated fairly regarding any type of alimony, including:
In determining whether to award alimony, the court must make a specific factual determination as to the need for alimony or maintenance and whether the other party has the ability to pay. There are several different factors for the court to consider including but not limited to the standard of living established during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the age and the physical and emotional condition of each party, the financial resources of each party, the earning capacities/educational levels of each party, the contribution of each party to the marriage, the responsibilities each party will have to children, all sources of income available, and any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.
Child Custody and Support
Matters most directly affecting your children are frequently the most important, hard-fought and emotional aspects of a divorce. Our child-focused family law firm takes a special interest in issues of child custody and support. We work to obtain timesharing, parenting plans and child support that meet your needs and are truly in the best interests of your children.
Help with Contested and Uncontested Divorce in Parkland and Boca Raton
HVW Law Group has the litigation experience you need in a contested divorce. Even if you and your spouse agree in general on how you want your divorce to go, we can still help in many ways, such as making sure all property is accounted for, accurately characterized and valued, and appropriately divided. Couples may agree in principle on an equitable distribution of marital property, but when it comes down to complicated assets such as pensions and business interests, or credit card debts and interspousal gifts, the assistance of an experienced attorney can be invaluable.
Even in an uncontested divorce, each party should have their own attorney to represent them in negotiations. At the very least, you should hire an attorney to review your marital settlement agreement and offer advice before you sign it. Court orders in a divorce are final and cannot be modified post-judgment without a showing of a substantial, material, unanticipated change in circumstances, so it is important that your interests are adequately represented in the divorce.
Parkland Divorce Lawyers Ready to Serve You
For assistance with a contested or uncontested divorce in Broward or Palm Beach County, including help with child custody, property division, alimony and other related matters, call on the knowledgeable and dedicated Parkland divorce lawyers at HVW Law Group. We know the law and are here to help.