Family law covers many different types of proceedings. The most common is divorce, but family law also involves time sharing (formerly called child custody proceedings), child support hearings, and adoptions. This area of law is very complex and takes a special type of advocacy on the part of the attorney.
Adoption is one of the happiest moments in a family’s life. The most common adoption is that of stepparents adopting a stepchild. But there are several other ways a person can choose to adopt. Adopting a child involves a great deal of paperwork. If you are considering it, make sure to consult a professional family law attorney who can ensure that everything is submitted correctly. This will allow your happiest moment to arrive as quickly and easily as possible.
There are two types of divorce proceedings; contested and uncontested. In contested divorces, the parties do not agree on the terms of separation. In these cases a trial may be necessary. In those cases having an attorney with knowledge of family law is not enough. You also need an attorney who has strong trial presence and advocacy skills. In uncontested divorces the parties agree. But having a knowledgeable attorney is still important to ensure all paperwork is filed timely and correctly to ensure a smooth transition.
Time Sharing (Custody) and Child Support
Florida has guidelines regarding parental responsibility. The assumption is that each parent should participate equally. There is a default arrangement for the days of the week the child or children will spend with each parent unless it is shown to the court that this default is detrimental or in some way not in the child’s best interest. Child support guidelines are based on a statutory chart. However, there are circumstances that can change these presumptions of equality before you ever realize what happened.
With so much at stake it is very important to protect your rights and the welfare of your children. This can only be done with the assistance of an attorney who is familiar with the law and the local practice in each jurisdiction. AJ Stickley is one such attorney. Not only is he familiar with the law, but by practicing in several courts in several counties he can best assess your circumstances and advise you accordingly. If you have a family law matter, call AJ today to see how he can help guide you through the process.