The firm of Frank J. Heston centers our practice on the unique needs of our clients. Our Divorce attorneys are proud to effectively provide legal strategies by listening carefully and in details to all the relevant aspects of each of our client’s legal matters. Our Divorce attorneys will guide, educate and support you throughout the legal process. We want you to make the right decisions today because they will affect you and your family for years to come.
Helping Clients in South Florida Pursue Positive Divorce Outcomes
The Law Offices of Frank J. Heston understands that divorce is one of the most difficult things our clients and their immediate family, such as their children, will ever experience. We work to help our clients avoid feelings of frustration and helplessness by educating them about the divorce process.
Before we can start the divorce procedure, both of you will need to resolve several issues, which could lead through many negotiations, mediation and/or litigation. Our Coral Springs divorce attorneys can help you protect your rights and interests in the resolution of the following key issues:
• Property division: If you and your spouse have acquired assets or debts during your marriage, the court can divide them between you under the rules of equitable distribution.
• Alimony: If you have become economically dependent on your spouse during your marriage or vice versa, the court may award alimony, also known as spousal support.
• Child custody and visitation: If you and your spouse have minor children, the court must approve a parenting plan for child custody and visitation rights and responsibilities.
• Child support: Depending on each parent’s share of time spent with the child, each parent’s income and other factors, the court may require one parent to pay the other child support.
Whether your divorce situation requires aggressive or harmonious representation we will help you resolve everything as rapidly and drama-free as possible. If your case is uncontested, we may be able to expedite your divorce in a matter of weeks.
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Our lawyers are committed to getting to know our clients and providing them the personal service and legal counsel they deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 954-755-7800.
What is dissolution of marriage?
In Florida, divorce is referred to as dissolution of marriage. The bonds of matrimony are dissolved and, if necessary, a judge decides how to divide marital property, time with the children and other issues, including:
• Division of assets, including investment properties
• Division of debts
• Parenting and time-sharing arrangements with the children
• Child support
• Spousal support or alimony
• Attorney’s fees and costs
Is Florida a no-fault state?
Florida is a no-fault state, which means that it is not necessary to prove that either party is at fault for the marriage ending. Nonetheless, fault may be relevant to issues such as child custody, alimony and dividing assets.
What is a contested divorce?
A divorce is considered contested if some terms of the breakup are in dispute, such as child custody, child support, property division or spousal support. Couples often find it difficult to talk to each other, much less agree on anything. Many couples without children still end up in a contested divorce because they are unable to reach an agreement regarding the division of marital assets and debts.
Contested divorces move through Florida’s divorce process in an adversarial manner. The party who files a divorce petition first is known as the plaintiff or petitioner. He or she must allege in the petition that the marriage is irretrievably broken or that the other spouse is mentally incapacitated.
Often, courts order parties to mediate their cases before the final hearing. Successful mediation can save both parties significant time and money.
What is an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses agree on every material issue. Uncontested divorces are generally easier, faster and less expensive than contested divorces. Despite the advantages, a divorce agreement should not be taken lightly. These decisions can have a lasting effect on you and your children. In particular, if minor children are involved, the parents must agree to the terms of a parenting plan.
After the parties sign a settlement agreement addressing all material issues, there still must be a final hearing before the judge. Unlike a contested divorce, this final hearing is usually very brief, and only the petitioner must attend.
Call a South Florida divorce lawyer for guidance in your divorce
Our experienced family law firm can help you understand the divorce process and guide you through each step in a timely and cost-effective manner. We take a firm stand to protect your rights and work to achieve the best possible resolution for you and your family. If you are seeking a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, contact The Law Offices of Frank Joseph Heston, P.A today at 954-755-7800.
We can help you with:
• Antenuptial Agreements
• Child Custody
• Child Support
• Cohabitation Agreements
• Divorce Mediation
• Equitable Distribution
• Postnuptial Agreements
• Recovery of Attorney’s Fees
• Step Parent Adoption
• Time Sharing
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Contact our law office to speak with an experienced and compassionate family law attorney about your issue.
We also accept all major credit cards and maintain a constant focus on providing cost-effective services to our clients, seeking always to promote positive legal outcomes in the least expensive manner. Let us help you and your family during this difficult time.
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