Central Florida Family Law Attorneys
Families in Central Florida often face difficult challenges that cannot be resolved in the home. Whether they involve divorce, a child custody dispute, establishing paternity, adopting a child, or any other matter, the best decision you can make to protect your family and your financial future is to consult an experienced family law attorney.
Orlando Family Law is highly regarded for providing our clients with aggressive legal representation and caring, personal service. We understand families because we are family, founded by the husband and wife team of Ophelia Bernal-Mora and Andrew Nickolaou. Together, we have helped families in transition resolve their most personal and complex issues with trustworthy advice and guidance. When you work with us, you can rest assured we will stand by you every step of the way, offering you knowledge, compassion and support.
By focusing our practice exclusively on family law, our well-honed skills allow us to resolve a wide-variety of issues, including:
Under Florida law, a couple seeking a divorce is required to go through mediation to resolve issues such as the division of property, spousal support, parental responsibility, time-sharing and child support. When these issues cannot be resolved outside of court, Orlando Family Team is fully prepared to litigate.
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If the spouses cannot reach a fair and equitable agreement on spousal support, the the court will intervene. In determining whether to award spousal support, the court will consider factors such as the duration of the marriage, the couple’s standard of living during the marriage, each spouse’s income or ability to earn income, as well as their individual needs, assets and financial status.
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Florida law recognizes that each parent has a responsibility to raise their children and an equal right to make legal decisions about their health and welfare. Before a divorce will be granted, the spouses must agree on a parenting plan to establish living arrangements, timesharing (visitation rights) and decision-making rights. Although child support issues can become contentious, we encourage our clients to reach amicable solutions.
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The state has established specific guidelines for determining child support that consider the net wages of each parent, the children’s medical and educational expenses, as well as the cost of extracurricular activities and health insurance. It is important to remember that both parents have a responsibility to provide for the welfare of their children.
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If circumstances arise that render a divorce agreement or court order unworkable (e.g a sudden job loss, change in income, medical emergency) it is possible to ask the court for a modification of spousal support and child support arrangements.
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If a child is born to unmarried parents, establishing paternity is necessary to determine parental rights and responsibilities, whether a single mother is seeking child support or a father is seeking to establish parental rights. In Florida, paternity can be established through a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity, marriage and legitimation, an Administrative Order of Paternity, or a paternity lawsuit.
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Although adopting a child is a rewarding experience, it is also a bureaucratic process that can be difficult to navigate. At Orlando Family Team, we guide clients through stepparent adoptions, private placement, and agency adoptions. Our attorneys will help prepare the necessary documentation, represent you in adoption hearings, and any post-adoption issues that may arise.
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Whether you are going through a divorce or separation, establishing a parenting plan, or are facing any other family law issue, we will provide you with the first-rate representation you need and the personal attention you deserve. Knowing that many family law issues are fraught with emotional turbulence, we will offer you a supportive environment in which you can make the best decisions for your future.
Both of our attorneys will be personally involved in your case so that every angle is covered and your interests are protected. We recognize that no two families are alike, and will tailor a solution to your unique needs.
As parents, we also know how hectic family life can be and will make accommodations for your schedule to make sure that your concerns are met in a responsive, professional manner. Both of our attorneys will be personally involved in your case so that every angle is covered and your interests are protected. We recognize that no two families are alike, and will tailor a solution to your unique needs.
With over two decades of combined experience helping couples resolve their most pressing and personal issues Bernal-Mora & Nicolau is the the wise choice in family law. We have a proven history of achieving positive results inside and outside of the courtroom. For a free evaluation of your matter, contact Orlando Family Team today.