If you’re navigating a life-changing domestic situation, a family law lawyer can help ensure your rights and family in Eustis are protected. Bogin, Munns & Munns attorneys have over 30 years of successfully tackling even the most complex family law cases and are ready to apply our experience to your case.
We understand the impact adoption, divorce, custody, and child support can have on everyone involved. Our goal is to provide caring and compassionate legal guidance while you fight for the well-being of your family. We will review your case, answer any questions you have, and advise you on how to proceed.
Divorce and Custody Arrangements
The end of a marriage can be devastating emotionally and financially, especially when children are involved. You may be unsure of your rights, arguing over custody matters, and struggling to figure out how to support yourself after the sudden loss of an income.
What You Need to Know About Divorce Proceedings
Florida Statutes §6.021 mandates that one party be a state resident for a minimum of six months prior to filing for divorce. Assuming this requirement is met, either party can start the divorce proceedings. How quickly you and the other party can reach a resolution depends on several factors that include the type of divorce you’re seeking and whether the other party contests any issues.
Generally speaking, it can take between one month and three years to finalize. An attorney can help with the process by handling everything from mediation to litigation.
What You Need to Know About Custody Proceedings
Custody matters are known to be some of the most contested aspects of a divorce, and without legal counsel, can drag out for months or years. Generally speaking, custody matters are resolved through mediation and negotiation.
A Eustis attorney familiar with family law will
- Review your case
- File on your behalf
- Negotiate with the other party’s legal team
- Establish or enforce a custody and visitation arrangement that is in the best interest of your children
Typically, one parent will be awarded primary custody, with both parties sharing responsibility in making important decisions about the child’s welfare and upbringing. If, however, an agreement cannot be reached through mediation and negotiation, the case will go to court and your attorney will present your case to a judge.
Child Support and Alimony Determinations
Spousal and child support are designed to ensure the financial well-being of everyone involved in a divorce. Spousal support, also known as alimony, refers to the financial assistance one spouse provides to another during and after a marriage’s dissolution. On the other hand, child support refers to financial assistance designed specifically to ensure the financial security of any children involved.
Some things to consider are that:
- Factors that determine how much spousal support is awarded: the length of your marriage, the income of both parties, the age and circumstances of you and your spouse, and the pre-divorce standard of living that both parties are accustomed to
- Factors that play into child support determinations: The income of both parties, the number of children (and ages of each child) involved, the amount of time the children are under each parent’s care, any special needs the children have
In instances where your child’s paternity is contested, a Bogin, Munns & Munns attorney can guide you in successfully taking the actions you need to prove paternity and secure child support.
How an Attorney can Help
Domestic matters involve the heart, and emotions can easily derail negotiations. Turning your legal matters over to an attorney with experience in successfully ensuring positive outcomes for families ensures your emotions don’t get the best of you and that you can protect yourself and your family.
Family Law Practice Areas
Your lawyer will be familiar with the following kinds of cases:
- Divorce, spousal agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Custody, child support, visitation, and paternity
- Foster parenting and adoption
- Domestic violence injunctions
- And more
What to Expect from Your Attorney
Your legal team will have your best interests in mind. They will bring the following to your case:
- Responsiveness to your needs and questions
- Willingness to consult experts as needed to build your case and provide invaluable testimony
- The care and compassion your family deserves in these challenging times
- Tireless negotiation with the other party to avoid having to bring your case in front of a judge
- Knowledge of federal and state regulations and the ability to apply those to your case to ensure a fair outcome for you and your family
When to Work with a Family Law Attorney
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting nearly 800,000 divorces (nearly 2.9 divorces per every 1,000 marriages) in 2018 alone, you are hardly alone if you’re facing the dissolution of your marriage.
Marital and family issues take a toll on your emotional well-being. The sooner you’re able to reach a resolution, the sooner you’re able to regain peace of mind and live your life. You can work with a Eustis lawyer’s firm regarding your family law case.
Dial Bogin, Munns & Munns for Help with Your Family Law Case
Operating with the principles of respect, dignity, and fairness; our team works to resolve your case through mediation and negotiation so that you can get on with the business of living your life.
If you cannot achieve this for whatever reason, our legal team won’t hesitate to fight for you in court. Call Bogin, Munns & Munns today to find out how to put our 40 years of experience and success to work for you today.