What to Consider When Facing a Family Dispute in Florida

What to Consider When Facing a Family Dispute in Florida

Family law is a broad area of legal practice that includes numerous family relates issues.  Family law in Jacksonville, FL covers divorce, paternity, child custody, modifications, parental responsibility, visitation, alimony, child support and other areas.

In cases of child custody, the court will make a decision based on what is best for the child.  There are numerous relevant factors and their effect on the minor’s health and safety that are considered.  A parent who can provide for the daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational and special needs of the child better than the other parent, will be preferred.  The parent or guardian who can maintain a loving, stable and a

Regarding divorce, Florida is a no fault state.  Simply telling the court that a marriage is “irretrievably broken” is sufficient grounds for its dissolution.  The amount and duration of spousal support, or alimony depends on the divorcing couple’s separate incomes.  The court considers the standard of living established during the marriage, duration of the marriage, financial resources of each party, their earning capacities, each party’s contribution to the marriage and any other relevant factors when deciding on alimony payments.  When determining the amount of child support payments, the income the courts look at is not limited to the parent’s paycheck.  The formula used to arrive at a monetary amount takes into account every source of income including disability, interest/dividends from any investments, overtime, etc.  There are a few allowable deductions such as health insurance payments and what’s lost to taxes.

All in all, the fittest parent will win a custody suit, and the more financially advantaged parent will provide the monetary support.

Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux PA serves clients in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Ponte Vedra, Duval County, St. Johns County, Clay County, Nassau County, Flagler County and the entire Northeast Florida area.

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