Orlando Divorce Attorney

At Orlando Family Team, our dynamic and dedicated lead attorneys, Ophelia Bernal-Mora, Esq., B.C.S., and Andrew Nickolaou, Esq., are a married couple with over two decades of successful experience serving clients throughout Central Florida. We bring a unique blend of skill, knowledge, and compassion to the practice of family law. 

Specializing in divorce cases, we are well-versed in the nuances of Florida statutes and committed to delivering the best outcomes to our clients. If you are considering divorce, contact us now to consult with caring professionals who will support you every step of the way and make sure you avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary stress. 

The Divorce Process in Florida

Divorce in Florida can be broadly categorized into contested and uncontested cases. An uncontested divorce, where both parties agree on major issues like property division, child custody, and support, tends to be more straightforward and amicable. Conversely, a contested divorce involves disputes that may require litigation.

Issues to Consider in Divorce Cases

There are a number of matters that must be settled before a divorce can move forward. These include:

Division of Property

Property division is pivotal to divorce. Florida operates under the equitable distribution principle, which means that marital assets and debts are divided fairly, though not always equally. Our team’s deep understanding of Florida law ensures a fair division that protects our client’s interests by clearly defining which assets are marital property and which are individually owned.

Spousal Support

Spousal support, still often referred to as alimony, is another critical aspect of divorce, especially in the case of long-term marriages or marriages in which one party is elderly or infirm. Our attorneys are adept at dealing with the complexities of spousal support, which involve such considerations as each spouse’s income and number of children. We will work hard to ensure that our clients receive or pay a fair amount.

Child Custody and Parenting Time (Visitation)

Nothing is more important to parents than their children’s welfare. Florida law focuses on the best interests of the child when determining custody and parenting time. Our team’s approach is always to protect the child’s well-being while ensuring fair parenting time so that each parent bonds with their offspring.

Child Support

Child support in Florida is determined by specific guidelines. Orlando Family Team ensures that these calculations are accurate and fair. We make it a point to consider not only the financial circumstances of both parents but any special needs of the children.

The Pros and Cons of Mediation

Mediation can be an effective alternative to traditional divorce litigation, especially in cases of uncontested divorce. It involves a neutral third party who has been specially trained to help couples reach agreements. Andrew Nickolaou is an experienced and diplomatic mediator, able to finesse couples towards choices both approve. It is important to remember, however, that when acting as a mediator, he is not able to take sides or give advice to either party. 

We often recommend mediation as a viable alternative to litigation because it is:

  • Private, keeping personal issues from becoming public
  • Less contentious
  • Easier to schedule
  • Less time-consuming
  • More cost-effective 
  • Less stressful for participants and their children

Still, although mediation can guide clients through the divorce process with greater ease and dignity, there are cases in which it may be unworkable, such as those involving substance abuse, hidden assets, domestic violence, child abuse, or other criminal activity.

Our Attorneys Are Always Well-Prepared to Litigate or Cooperate

At Orlando Family Team, we are well aware that relatively smooth negotiations can quickly veer into explosive arguments, so we are always prepared if a trial becomes necessary. As seasoned litigators, we always have courtroom strategies available if negotiations falter and we have to defend your rights. 

It should be noted that we are also experienced in collaborative divorce, in which instead of opposing one another, the attorneys of each spouse work together to reach an agreement that is fair and acceptable to both parties.

We Offer Comprehensive Legal Assistance With Divorce

Over the years, our divorce attorneys have dealt with all types of divorce and are, therefore, ready to tackle any divorce issues promptly and efficiently. Whether your impending divorce is high-net-worth, same-sex, military, or involves a prenup or a green card, we are ready and able to handle its intricacies and possible complications. 

Why Orlando Family Team Is the Right Choice

Central Florida has a great many divorce attorneys, but there are many reasons for you to choose to work with the Orlando Family Team. Among them:

  • We have the legal skills, carefully honed over 20 years, to craft strong legal strategies, navigate court procedures, and advocate effectively for our clients.
  • We are compassionate and dedicated to helping you divorce as painlessly as possible and restart your life in a way that is easiest for both you and your children.
  • Our extensive experience prepares us to handle even the most challenging cases, so you needn’t worry if your case is unusual and/or complicated.
  • We have a well-deserved reputation for integrity and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Contact An Outstanding Orlando Divorce Attorney Today

Divorce is a difficult and sensitive matter, but with the Orlando Family Team, you will be in capable hands. We combine legal acumen with empathy, making us not just attorneys but also trusted advisors during this challenging time. Our comprehensive approach to divorce law, emphasis on mediation, and outstanding legal skills set us apart as leaders in the field of family law in Central Florida. Get in touch with us today. We will give you confidence, empower you, and ease your path during this significant transition.