Skilled Guidance Through The Divorce Process
For many individuals, going through a divorce is their first experience with the legal system. This can be an overwhelming process. At the Campbell & Madden, PLLC, our firm understands the emotions and stress that accompany a divorce. We strive to help clients understand their rights and the many issues that may stem from a contested divorce.
Contact us today to speak with one of our lawyers about your divorce, separation or one of the issues listed below.
Debt And Asset Division
Florida is an equitable distribution state when it comes to asset and debt division that were acquired or incurred during the marriage. This means that personal property along with other assets, such as real estate, financial accounts, retirement accounts and pensions, are divided fairly. How an asset is titled is not necessarily determinative of how an asset will be divided by the court. Marital assets will be divided fairly but not necessarily 50-50.
We work to assure that the proper value is placed on your property and fight for a division that is in your favor. The first step in this process is to identify the assets and debts. Next, we determine the fair market value of the asset/debt. Note, that fair market value is not what you paid for an item, but what someone would be willing to pay you for the said item at a value you are willing to accept. The fair market value of debt is the balance on the account. Date of valuation for assets is normally the date the divorce was filed. If grounds exist, a party may request an unequal distribution.
Though not every situation requires the payment of spousal support, cases where alimony is ordered can be highly contentious. The courts consider a range of factors when determining how much alimony is to be paid from one spouse to the other, including the age of the parties, the standard of living during the marriage, length of the marriage and income-earning potential of the spouse seeking alimony.
Child support is determined after alimony is awarded. We strive to see that the proper amount is ordered to ensure that the child can receive everything that he or she needs. These cases are handled in conjunction with divorce and for parties who have never been married.
Called “time-sharing” in Florida, a child custody arrangement usually entails the creation of a parenting plan. This plan allows parents to detail aspects of the child’s life to ensure stability and consistency, regardless of whether the child is at the mother’s or father’s house. We can assist divorcing couples in seeking a time-sharing arrangement that is in the best interests of the child.
Many clients choose to settle their divorce issues out of court, by negotiating the terms of the divorce. However, this give-and-take process does not always suit each case. When necessary we can aggressively argue your case in court in order to see that your best interests are being served to the fullest extent of the law.
We Are Ready To Help
You do not have to face your divorce alone. Founding attorney James C. Campbell has over 32 years of experience handling divorces and issues that stem from a divorce. We serve clients in Shalimar, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Navarre, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Contact us by email or by calling Campbell & Madden, PLLC to learn more about how to file for divorce, the grounds for divorce and understanding your rights at every stage of the case.
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