A Compassionate Approach To Family Law Issues
At Vollrath Law, we understand that ending a marriage or resolving other family law issues are among the most difficult and stressful times in a client’s life. That is why our team focuses on providing each client compassionate representation that is tailored to their individual needs. Our emphasis on clear and continuous communication means our clients are always informed about their options and what steps come next.
We do whatever we can to resolve family law issues as efficiently and painlessly as possible for our clients. Together, we will take control of the situation to achieve the best results possible for you and your family. We assist with the full range of family law matters for residents of central Florida, including:
- Divorce: Whether you and your spouse expect to resolve the key decisions that must be made in divorce through negotiation, or you feel that disputes may require mediation or litigation, we will protect your interests and make sure that you land in the best possible position to begin your post-divorce life.
- Custody: Florida uses the term parenting time and typically allows each parent continuous and regular time with their children. It is the public policy of Florida to ensure that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of raising children. The court uses the best interest of the child standard when considering parental issues. Only in the rare circumstance where the court determines that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child, will the court award sole parental responsibility to one parent.
- Child support: In Florida, both parents have an obligation to financially support their children in accordance with income and needs. Florida has developed a formula that is used to determine the amount of monthly support owed. However, there are situations that warrant going outside of these guidelines, such as children with special needs or chronic health conditions. Whether you expect to pay child support or receive it, we will protect your interests and those of your child.
- Division of assets and debts: Florida statutes and case law provide for an “equitable distribution” of marital assets and debts. This does not mean all assets are split 50-50. Rather, equitable distribution is based on a lengthy list of factors the court is required to consider. How your marital assets are divided plays a key role in creating the financial foundation from which you will launch your post-divorce life. It is important to work with an experienced family law attorney who understands the laws, which they apply to accurately value and divide the marital property.
- Alimony: There are several types of alimony awards in Florida, from lifetime to durational. Particular circumstances in the marriage are used when determining which – or if any – should be awarded. Among the main criteria: whether there is a need by one spouse and an ability to pay by the other.
- Modifications: Life continues to change following a divorce. Often, divorce settlements contain terms that have become unreasonable due to a major life change. Florida law permits modifications of divorce settlements and/or judgments regarding custody, parenting plans, support and other matters when there has been a significant change in circumstances. This includes job loss of one parent, a salary increase, increased needs on the part of a child or the relocation of one parent that affects the time each parent spends with a child.
Schedule A Consultation Today
We invite you to schedule a free consultation to review your family law needs, get answers to your questions and receive a recommendation on how to move forward. Call 407-900-0464 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.
We represent clients throughout central Florida from our office in Oviedo. Having served this community for more than 25 years, we have extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the judges and processes of the family law circuit courts in Seminole County and neighboring counties.