Oviedo is firmly rooted in tradition with an eye toward the future. The city is known for its historic houses and buildings but is conveniently located near the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Research Park. In the past two decades, it has experienced tremendous growth as new developments have transformed this once rural city. It’s no wonder that Oviedo has been named several times as one of the best places to live in America. If you’re going through a divorce, custody fight, or other family law conflict, it’s difficult to appreciate these features. Fortunately, residents of Oviedo have an ally in Orlando Family Team. We represent clients in a variety of Oviedo family law matters and work to achieve the best possible outcome for some of life’s most complicated issues.
Child Custody And Child Support In Oviedo, Florida
Family law issues involving children are sensitive, and they have the potential to quickly become contentious. Parents who separate or divorce will need to work out custody and support. If the parties can agree, and assuming what they agree to is in the child’s best interests, they can resolve these issues with minimal court involvement. This can save time, money, and stress, and set the parents on a good path for effective co-parenting. It’s important to work with an experienced family law attorney to ensure the judge approves the parenting agreement between you and the other party.
Where parents cannot agree, a judge will need to decide matters affecting the child. Child custody encompasses numerous issues including time-sharing, relocation, and major decisions concerning the child’s education, healthcare, and extracurricular activities. Two major complaints that parents often raise during custody litigation are that they are not getting to spend enough time with the child and that the other parent is somehow harming the child. If your case involves these issues, you need a dedicated family law attorney who will zealously represent you and your child’s interests in court.
Florida uses child support guidelines to calculate a monthly payment amount in most cases. These guidelines are designed to ensure the child has sufficient resources from both parents. The parents’ respective incomes, the cost of health insurance, and other factors go into the calculation. Parents often disagree with these numbers. For example, a common accusation is that one or the other parent is misrepresenting their income. The court has to consider all relevant evidence in determining child support, so you and your lawyer should discuss how to ensure the judge has the right information.
Divorce Issues In Oviedo, Florida
If you’re facing divorce, there is another set of issues that will need to be addressed along with child custody and child support: equitable distribution and alimony.
Equitable distribution is the method by which property and debts are divided between divorcing couples in Florida. The court will consider marital assets and debts – generally, those acquired during the marriage – and assign them values. The court must then evaluate a number of statutory factors in deciding which spouse should get each marital asset and debt. “Equitable” means fair, so a 50/50 division should never be presumed.
Having an attorney is critical to ensuring you are distributed a fair share of the marital assets and debts. Our task is to convince the court that the distribution you seek is equitable, in light of all factors. We will also make sure that accurate values are assigned and that separate property is not wrongfully included.
Alimony, or spousal support, is designed to help spouses become financially self-supporting after a divorce. Spouses often give up their careers during marriage so they can contribute to the marital home. But they usually find that re-entering the job market after several years is difficult. That’s where alimony comes in. The court will consider several different factors in deciding how much, and for how long, a spouse will receive alimony.
If you are the spouse in need of alimony, your goal is to demonstrate to the court what your reasonable monthly needs and expenses are. In addition, you will want to show that the other spouse has sufficient funds to pay the alimony you need. On the other hand, if you are the spouse from whom alimony is demanded, your objective is to convince the court that the other spouse does not need the amount of support he or she claims. You want to also prove to the court what your own monthly needs and expenses are. Whichever side you are on, our team will present a thorough and clear picture of your financial situation.
Spouses often approach a divorce with mutual respect and a desire for the process to be done as soon as possible. For spouses who can work together on the above issues, uncontested divorce is a viable option. They can use a comprehensive separation agreement to resolve most issues arising out of the marriage.
Similar to parenting agreements, however, you want to make sure that a separation agreement is properly drafted. That means covering all issues arising from the marriage and it means you understand your legal rights and obligations upon divorce. You can count on Orlando Family Team. We work to make divorce as painless as possible, and to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Oviedo Family Law Issues
We also handle such matters as:
- Father’s rights
- Agreement modifications
- Contempt of court
- High net worth divorces
- Paternity issues
- Domestic violence
- Name changes
- Stepparent adoption
Contact Our Oviedo Family Law Attorney
Family law issues are stressful, even in the best-case scenario where both spouses are agreeable. Orlando Family Team understands the pressure you’re under to get a fair court judgment. We will fight to protect your rights and interests. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.