Bradenton Divorce Attorneys That Are on Your Side
There’s no easy way to approach a divorce. You may be feeling vulnerable and hurt or you might just be ready for it all to be over.
Either way, we’re here to help make this process as easy as humanly possible. We’ve compiled all the information you need to be prepared for your initial consultation.
Ready to get schooled on the divorce process? No one ever is… but let’s start with the basics.
How to Survive Your Divorce Proceedings
Step one? Get a Bradenton divorce lawyer that has your best interest at heart. Whether your case is long overdue or you still can’t believe it’s actually happening, Denmon Pearlman has your back..
What do you need to know before you file for a dissolution of marriage? First ask yourself this question.
Have you or your spouse lived in the state of Florida for at least six months before filing? This is a requirement. If you or your spouse live in Manatee county, you can file in Bradenton. However, you must meet one of two requirements to proceed:
1) The marriage is irretrievably broken.
2) Either you or your spouse has been adjudged incapacitated according to the provisions of S. 744.331 for a preceding period of at least three years.
In Bradenton, the court where you file will assign you a case number. They will then have the jurisdiction to grant property and debt division, support, custody, and visitation rights if applicable.
We know it’s difficult. Divorce is never an enjoyable process. However, many people make mistakes during the divorce proceedings that usually don’t work out in their favor. To avoid these pitfalls, we recommend the following:
» Avoid the heartache. Personal property is not worth fighting over unless it’s an irreplaceable memento.
» Don’t use the children as leverage. It’s not a good look and feelings will get hurt in the process.
» Decide on what you want from the beginning, and don’t change your mind. Hold off on purchasing additional assets during the divorce litigation. You could end up losing more than originally planned.
» In the same regard, don’t try to hide any of your assets. It’s best to be honest, open, and transparent so that the settlement runs smoothly.
» If your spouse is on your insurance plan, don’t remove them just yet. It’s like the saying, “Don’t poke the sleeping bear.” While you may not care whether or not your ex spouse will be angry, Florida law rules that neither party can terminate policies such as health, life, and car insurance. The litigation that you could suffer from trying to get away with it is far worse than the few bucks you would save by removing your ex from your policy.
Family Law in Divorce
Your children are your legacy. Your pride and joy. We are just as committed to helping them get through the divorce process as we are to helping you.
Our mission is to minimize any emotional discomfort they may be feeling by providing you with all the information you need to make the best decisions for your family
Developing a Parenting Plan
Here’s where it gets uncomfortable. Child custody battles are always the most emotionally trying when it comes to families and divorce. When children are involved, it gets messy.
In Hillsborough County, the court in which you filed will maintain the jurisdiction to determine custody even if the child is not present in the state at the time of filing. We all want what’s best for the kids. The court intends to determine all custody declarations with your child’s best interest in mind.
Florida courts are committed to ensuring the outcome provides everything your needs to develop into a healthy adult. The good news? Your child’s best interest is always top of mind.
Let’s answer the difficult question next. What happens if you and your ex spouse cannot agree upon visitation or primary residence? Unfortunately, this means that the court will be forced to establish child custody.
At Denmon Pearlman, we know how important it is to maintain a strong relationship with your child. Don’t worry about your rights. As long as you do not pose a danger or negative impact on the child, your chances of gaining parental responsibility such as primary residence are equal to your ex spouse’s.
In a Florida divorce, both the father and mother are given equal consideration when the court determines child custody. When it comes to areas of responsibility, the court will determine which parent is responsible for expenses such as education, medical, dental, and more.
Every family is different. That’s why Florida law considers each unique case with care.
Monetary Support for Your Child
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. How much will child support really cost you? Well, it’s dependent on a few factors.
First, the courts will evaluate each parent’s salary, bonus, tips, overtime, etc. by examining past W-2s. Income is also determined by factors such as self-employment, disability, worker’s compensation, pension/retirement, social security benefits, spousal support from a previous marriage, interest and dividends, rental income, royalties, and more.
There are applicable deductions that may exist such as federal, state, and local income tax, mandatory union dues, retirement payments, health insurance coverage, etc.
If the court decides that child support is necessary and you cannot come to an agreement on the amount with your ex spouse, this is how the courts will begin calculating the required monthly child support.
The Manatee County Divorce Attorney for You
We’re sure you still have several questions pertaining to your specific situation. Whether you’re worried about the equitable distribution of your property or the cost of attorney fees, a consultation is the first step to finding the legal advice you’re looking to find.
Why choose Denman Pearlman? To start, there are no hidden fees. We’re a transparent law firm that’s ranked 10/10 on Avvo, the leading online legal marketplace. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiation and the courtroom, so you can rest assured you’re in the right hands.
We don’t want to waste your time. That’s why 90 percent of our cases never go to trial. Our goal is to get everything decided in a settlement. You avoid the heartache and the divorce process doesn’t drag on.