When hiring an experienced family law attorney, Boca Raton clients can be confident that their interests are protected and that they have an expert on their side helping to achieve the best possible outcome.
So what will your attorney do precisely? Well, a divorce lawyer is equipped to handle every aspect of the divorce process, including the division of assets, arranging a child custody agreement (also known in Florida as a Parenting Plan) and determining how much will be paid in alimony and/or child support. Your attorney may also employ a team of experts or other professionals, depending on the needs of your case, including a forensic accountant, business valuation expert, certified divorce financial planner, vocational expert, social investigator, guardian ad litem, or others.
Alimony, also known as spousal support, can take many forms, ranging from short term to long term. "Bridge the gap" alimony serves to aid in a spouse's transition into their new single life.
Rehabilitative alimony may provided if one spouse was the sole breadwinner and the other party lacks the skills and experience required to survive independently. So over the course of several months or several years, one party may pay rehabilitative alimony as their former partner seeks the education or training they need to start a career or rehabilitate themselves back into the workforce.
Permanent alimony may be awarded in long term marriages if one party is incapable of earning enough to maintain the standard of living that they enjoyed during the marriage, or if a party is disabled and can never regain employment. The court may also award what is known as durational alimony, which typically involves a marriage of moderate duration and payments that span a maximum timeframe of the marriage. So if a couple was married for 15 years, then durational alimony could be paid out for a period of 15 years, although it is usually less.
Notably, alimony is usually discontinued if the recipient gets remarried.
Some cases don't fall neatly into one of these categories, but whatever the situation, Boca Raton divorce attorney Tina L. Lewert will work on your behalf to secure the best possible arrangement.
Not every case necessitates an alimony award as part of the divorce proceedings, but if you do wish to seek alimony from your soon-to-be-former spouse, or if your spouse is seeking alimony from you, you’ll want a divorce and alimony lawyer with a great deal of experience in negotiating and trying such cases. This is precisely the experience and skill that Attorney Tina L. Lewert provides to her clients.
Child support can be determined during the actual divorce process, but it’s not uncommon for child support to be revisited in the future as financial circumstances change.
In some instances, child support may be negotiated alongside the child custody agreement, since the amount of child support that a parent receives is largely influenced by the custody arrangement. A parent who has a child 90% of the time will receive more child support than a parent who has custody of the child 50% of the time. In Florida, however, there is a presumption in favor of close and continuing contact for both parents with their children.
In addition to determining the amount of child support that is paid out to the other parent, it is not uncommon to arrange for one parent to pay certain expenses. For instance, a parent may also be required to pay the child’s school tuition, extra-curricular activities, or summer camp, or they may be ordered to maintain health insurance coverage for the children.
Your lawyer can also assist if you need to go before the court to request a reduction in child support due to a job loss or another significant change in your financial circumstances. Boca Raton family law attorney Tina L. Lewert also deals with cases involving a former partner who is inconsistent with their child support payments. The courts typically intervene when this occurs, so it is prudent to have an attorney who can represent you during these proceedings.
Child custody is a very emotional topic, as every parent loves their child. It’s understandably painful to realize that you may no longer be with your child on a daily basis. This pain can evolve into anger, making a difficult situation all the more challenging.
Determining child custody may begin with the mediation process. But in cases where the parents cannot arrive at an agreement, the matter will be brought before a family court judge who will evaluate the situation. Your career and your working hours, your home and its condition, your lifestyle and your overall ability to care for a child are all considered. Sometimes a guardian ad litem or social investigator is appointed to make recommendations to the court as to the best interests of the children.
There are many different issues that will be addressed as you develop a child custody agreement, including a detailed timesharing schedule, outlining pick up and drop off times, holiday and school break timesharing, and which parent’s address should be utilized for school district designation.
When hiring a family law and divorce lawyer, Boca Raton parents can move forward knowing that they have an experienced Board Certified family lawyer who can help them arrive at an out-of-court agreement. Or, if you choose to go before a judge, Attorney Lewert will represent you well as a skilled and professional advocate in the courtroom.