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Founded in 1997 we are experienced and knowledgeable Tampa attorneys practicing exclusively in Divorce, Family, Stepparent/Relative Adoption, Criminal Defense, & Personal Bankruptcy. We practice primarily in Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Carrollwood, North Tampa, Plant City and all of Tampa Bay. We have offices conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay. Our lawyers have extensive experience practicing in contested and uncontested divorces, including military divorces, and family law, child support, child custody and visitation, relocation of children, alimony, domestic violence, distribution of assets and debts, retirement/pensions (military and private), enforcement and modification of final judgments, paternity actions, adoptions and name changes. We also have attorneys who are very knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of criminal defense. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options. Please call us at 813-672-1900 or email us at info@familymaritallaw.com to schedule a consultation. Our representation of our clients reflects our dedication to them. We look forwarding to hearing from you! Se habla EspaƱol.

Friday, August 4, 2017

How to Petition for a Stepparent Adoption in Florida

Most depictions of stepparents in the media present callous individuals who detest any children from the first marriage. This image of the cruel stepparent diminishes the many caring and healthy relationships shared between stepchildren and their stepparents. In fact, some stepparents become so attached they petition to adopt the stepchild, thereby assuming all rights of a natural parent. While there is no denying the emotional aspect of adoption, it also grants the adopting adult important rights to make decisions related to the child and petition for custody if the adoptive and biological parents later divorce. The act of adopting a stepchild can have a profound effect on the child’s life, as seen in a news story about a stepfather who surprised his 11 year-old stepson with an adoption certificate last Christmas. The procedure for stepparent adoption is generally easier than a traditional, formal adoption, but certain standards do need to be satisfied before a court will sign-off on the request.
Is the Stepparent Eligible to Adopt?
Any request for adoption must start with an assessment of whether the person seeking to adopt is eligible. In Florida, the spouse of a child’s natural parent is eligible to petition for adoption as long as the other spouse consents, or is excused by the court from consenting. Most adults are generally able to adopt, unless a person has a physical or mental disability that affects the ability to parent. Courts are reluctant to grant legal rights to individuals that cannot fulfill the parent role, and are likely to deny the adoption petition under such circumstances.
Filing a Petition
Once eligibility is determined, a petition is filed with the local circuit court asking permission to grant the adoption. The petition must contain certain information for a court to accept it, and the provisions that are most important include whether consent from the other biological parent was given and why the stepparent wishes to adopt the child. After the petition is submitted, the child’s other parent must be notified about the pending petition request before a court can rule on it.
Consent from Biological Parents
The crucial part of any adoption, stepparent included, is obtaining the consent of both biological parents, or showing why such consent is not necessary. In stepparent adoptions, the consent of at least one parent is basically presumed, but the real issue lies with whether the child’s other biological parent will protest the adoption petition. If the other parent decides not to consent, it is still possible to proceed with the adoption if grounds exist that make consent unnecessary. These include:
  • the parent deserted or abandoned the child;
  • the parent had his/her parental rights terminated by a court; or
  • the parent was determined by a judge to be legally incompetent, and is unlikely to regain competency.
In addition, consent may not be necessary from the child’s father if the man did not establish himself as a legal parent. These exceptions exist because a father is not always presumed to be a child’s legal parent since, absent genetic testing, biological relation to the child is not guaranteed. Consequently, a father’s consent is only needed if one of the following is true:
  • the man was married to the child’s mother at the child’s birth;
  • the man previously adopted the child;
  • a court determined he is the child’s father;
  • the man filed an affidavit of paternity; or
  • the man acknowledged paternity in accordance with Florida law.
Contact a Florida Adoption Attorney
Adoptions are events worthy of celebration, but the correct procedure must be followed to ensure a court will authorize a petition. Working with an experienced adoption attorney can relieve the stress of wondering if your petition will be accepted, and make the entire process much more perfunctory and simple. All Family Law Group of Tampa Bay knows how to build a strong petition in favor of adoption, and is available to help you complete your family.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Child Custody Concerns for Military Personnel Post-Divorce

Having and raising a family while being an active member of the military is no easy task. Being away from one’s children and spouse during the long periods of deployment is hard because this parent misses out on a lot of childhood milestones and daily life experiences. Deployment is known to put strains on marriages, and unfortunately, leads to divorce in many situations. Navigating child custody issues post-divorce is unavoidably complicated if disputes arise when the military parent is unable to directly deal with situation due to official duties. The restricted availability of military personnel for months and years at a time makes it easier for the non-military parent to deny or restrict access to the child, and has led to parental kidnapping in some cases. A recent decision by a federal district court in Florida that ordered a serviceman to return his son to his mother in Japan highlights the struggle of many military personnel with children born to foreign parents. Florida law recognizes that parents in the military have the same amount of desire to be involved their children’s lives, but need more flexibility in the exercise of time-sharing plans. An overview of the special considerations active military may need to address on child custody following divorce will follow below.
Changes to the Time-Sharing Schedule
A vulnerability all military parents on deployment face is the possibility that the other parent will seek to change the child custody order in his/her favor. Florida law has provisions that specifically address petitions seeking modification of parental responsibility and/or time-sharing while a parent is on active duty. The goal is to prevent the non-military parent from taking advantage of a deployment, and to that end, a court is not permitted to issue or modify a child custody order while a parent is on active duty that greatly impacts his/her ability to exercise his/her parenting time. The order in place at the time of deployment or assignment must remain in effect until the military order expires. However, a court may enter a temporary decision on time-sharing or parental responsibility if the best interests of the child justify it. The grounds for the temporary modification cannot rest solely on the disruption the deployment has on the child’s life. These temporary modifications automatically expire upon the parent’s return from active duty.
In addition, for parents deployed or assigned for more than 90 days, and consequently unable to exercise their parenting time, they can designate someone else to exercise parenting time. The designee must be a family member, stepparent or a relative of the child by marriage. The other parent can only object to the designation on the grounds that it is not in the best interests of the child.
Concurrent Custody
If a deployed or assigned military parent wants to take the designation of parenting time a step further, he/she can consent to concurrent custody with an immediate family member. This arrangement gives the family member the ability to make decisions related to the child in the parent’s absence. This option allows the deployed or assigned parent to have someone near and available to the child to represent the parent’s interests in important matters.
Get Legal Advice
If you or your spouse is in the military and seeking divorce, you need a divorce attorney experienced with the issues unique to this situation. Laws specific to the divorce of military personnel must be satisfied to ensure the terms of the divorce decree are valid and enforceable. The attorneys at the Tampa Bay law firm All Family Law Group, P.A. understand the rules that apply in military divorces, and will strive to give the best possible representation.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Filing for Divorce as a Stay-at-Home Spouse

When someone starts contemplating divorce, a number of considerations must be factored into the final decision. For spouses who chose to pause their career in favor of raising children, the financial implications of divorce cannot be overstated. Concerns about supporting oneself and one’s children is naturally paramount, and can specifically manifest as worries over how feasible returning to work will be, as well as the impact on the child of putting him/her in daycare. Further, staying in the family home may not be possible, and the additional issue of finding a new place to live weighs on the ramifications of ending the marriage. All this is to say that stay-at-home spouses have an enormous amount of emotional and financial stress to manage in the wake of divorce. One source of money may be available in the form of alimony, or spousal support. However, a party seeking alimony should know that these awards are rarely permanent, so some type of alternative revenue stream will need to be found at some point. Further, getting an alimony award, and making sure it is paid, is another matter altogether.
In addition, you will not automatically receive alimony after you file for divorce until the judge orders it or it is paid voluntarily.  The judge will not order it until there is a temporary hearing on the matter.  Normally the parties are required to attend mediation prior to having a temporary hearing on alimony.  Furthermore, needing support is not usually considered to be grounds for an emergency hearing as there are so many people in the divorce process who need financial support during the process that it usually is not considered an emergency.
To help stay-at-home spouses understand their options in divorce, a discussion of the types of alimony available in Florida, as well as methods of enforcing payment, will follow.
Types of Alimony
The first thing to know about alimony awards is that a court will not issue one if the judge believes the party being asked to pay does not have the ability to so, or that a need for the support exists. For stay-at-home spouses, the need for support is almost always present, and courts have discretion over how much the alimony payments will be. In addition, courts can attribute income to spouses believed to be voluntarily earning less than they could when deciding if alimony is appropriate and how much it should be.
Florida has four types of alimony: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational and permanent. Other than the permanent option, the others are temporary, and meant to provide short-term financial support while the party needing assistance finds his/her own way to generate income.
Bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to provide for short-term needs as the spouse transitions to being single, and cannot exceed two years. Rehabilitative alimony provides financial support while a party gets the education or training needed to become self-sufficient. This type of alimony would be particularly relevant for stay-at-home spouses seeking to reenter the workforce. It lasts until the rehabilitation plan is complete, circumstances change, or the party stops complying with the plan. Durational alimony is for a set period of time, and is typically used for marriages lasting less than 17 years.  Finally, permanent alimony is available for parties unable to support themselves, but is generally reserved for marriages of 17 years or more, absent extenuating circumstances. Thus, this type of alimony is unavailable for most individuals.
Enforcing Compliance
When a judge issues a court order that includes an alimony award, the payment of this support becomes a legal obligation. Many ex-spouses resent having to pay this money, and attempt to avoid it. In these situations, enforcing compliance becomes necessary. There are a number of available legal options to force the payment of alimony, including civil contempt, liens and forced sale of property and wage garnishment.
Violating an order to pay alimony is considered to be in contempt of court, and if there is evidence that the non-payment was willful, the court can punish the delinquent party with jail time, fines or both. Further, if the delinquent party has assets, such as real estate or cars, pursuing a lien against the property, followed by a writ of execution to force the sale of assets, is a good option for collecting payment. If there are no assets, petitioning for the garnishment of wages is another avenue to obtain payment. Sometimes, it is even possible to collect future payments and attorney’s fees.
Ask for Help
Figuring out the financial implications of divorce is a pressing issue, and a divorce attorney can advise you on the short- and long-term consequences of the divorce process. This is information everyone needs up front, so do not delay consulting with an attorney about these concerns, or you may risk losing valuable rights. Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Special Considerations Same-Sex Couples Face in Divorce

The legal landscape on marriage and divorce for same-sex couples has changed dramatically over the past few years. Until very recently, 2015 to be precise, marriage between same-sex couples was not legal nationwide. Thirty-seven states granted same-sex couples the right to marry, while others took action to ban gay marriage to prevent these unions from being recognized. Few would argue that marriage has an important symbolic aspect, but more important are the rights and privileges it transfers to the couple, which become particularly relevant during divorce. It is easy to take for granted the legal benefits of being married, such as shared health insurance, joint income tax filings and the right to receive a spouse’s government benefits. In the context of divorce, these rights translate into property division, child custody and support, all pivotal family law matters that few domestic partners were previously able to access absent additional complicated legal arrangements. Given how recently the law changed on same-sex marriage, special considerations exist for couples now seeking divorce due to the overlap of conflicting laws pre-and post-legalization. These potential concerns especially affect couples with long relationships, but only a few years of legal marriage.
Child Custody
Child custody can be a particularly tricky issue for same-sex couples. Upon divorce, parents are entitled to time with their children if and only if they are considered the legal parents. Florida law previously only recognized men in heterosexual marriages as a child’s legal father upon birth without further proof. Same-sex couples had to fight for this same recognition, and the state now allows both spouses in same-sex marriages to be listed on a child’s birth certificate as the legal parents. But what about couples who had a child before same-sex marriage was legal? In these situations, it is not uncommon for the child to have only one legal parent. Unless the couple executed adoption papers to ensure both parties have legal rights over the child, the court is unlikely to give the non-biological parent any rights to visitation, or impose the obligation to pay child support, regardless of how many years the party helped raise the child.
Alimony is financial support a former spouse receives because of an inability to self-support. It is usually awarded in cases where one spouse was financially dependent on the other during the marriage. Florida offers several types of alimony, both temporary and permanent, which are based in part on the duration of the marriage. Same-sex couples will have only a few years of legal marriage at this point, despite being together for decades. A court could possibly consider the entire length of a couple’s relationship on this issue, but the best way to ensure the interests of both parties are protected is to execute a prenuptial agreement outlining what happens to property and finances if divorce occurs.
Property Division
Finally, same-sex couples, being relatively new to the legal rights of marriage, may not realize how property is divided in a divorce. Previously, before such couples could marry, when a relationship ended, each person kept whatever property was in his/her name. In divorce, Florida has equitable distribution, which generally divides all property acquired after marriage equally between the couple. Because divorce is somewhat new to same-sex couples, the higher-earning spouse may be shocked when he/she learns that potentially half of everything they purchased over the past few years could be gone. A prenuptial agreement could address this concern as well. They may not be romantic, but they do save a lot of time, hassle and money during a time when emotions are already running high.
Get Help
Divorce, under any circumstances, is a devastating experience, and these emotions can make it difficult to fully appreciate the legal ramifications of this decision. Divorce attorneys, like those at Tampa Bay’s All Family Law Group, P.A., are there to guide you through the divorce process and ensure your legal rights are protected and your wishes followed. Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Divorcing without Conflict

Separating divorce from the notions of courtroom disputes and drawn-out litigation is hard to do. As this depiction is really the only one that is written about or appears on television. Obviously, if a couple chooses to divorce, the relationship has not been in a good place for some time, but ending the marriage does not necessarily mean the dissolution must be full of conflict. Alternatives to traditional litigation in divorce do exist that allow the parties to end the marriage on a more amicable note. Couples in divorce may have an invested interest in keeping the process as civil as possible, especially if they hope to equally share childcare responsibilities or have business interests together. One type of alternative dispute resolution that is becoming more popular in recent years is collaborative divorce.
The Basics of Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce centers on the idea that the resolution of issues in divorce can be done in a productive and civil manner without the contentiousness of the courtroom. In addition to the parties, there is a team of professionals that assist the couple with finding solutions to their problems. This team consists of specially trained collaborative attorneys, mental health professionals and financial experts. They work with the couple to facilitate agreement on solutions that are best for the whole family, especially the children. Informal discussions, settlement conferences and mediation are some of the methods used during this process. The process begins when the couple signs the collaborative law participation agreement, which has the parties consent to forego filing a divorce petition in court, in favor of making a good faith effort to work out disagreements in a non-adversarial setting. Each party must be willing to voluntarily disclose relevant information, but any information exchanged or communicated during these sessions are confidential and cannot be later used at trial. Either party may terminate the collaborative process at any time and for any reason. Initiating court action automatically terminates the process, and the collaborative attorneys are not permitted to represent either party in the adversarial proceeding.
Collaborative Divorce May Not Be Necessary
Even though this process aims to completely neutralize and eliminate conflict and allows the parties to craft their own agreement outside of the courtroom, it is not always possible to come to an agreement nor may the process be in the best interest of the client.  If you do not have issues that require mental health professionals or financial experts, etc., then it is not necessary to go through the collaborative divorce process.  Even if you do have these issues, there are other means of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.  In traditional family law cases, you can still preserve a working relationship. come to an agreement and avoid a hearing before the judge.  Furthermore, if you cannot come to an agreement, you will not have to begin the process again with another attorney as a collaborative law attorney must withdraw if the parties cannot come to an agreement.
Talk to a Divorce Lawyer
If you are contemplating or facing divorce, speak to a divorce attorney about your options for resolving your case outside of court. While alternative dispute resolution options are not appropriate in every situation, it is worth exploring other methods that could better for your family. Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A.in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Impact of Drug Use on Divorce

The number of issues that can potentially end a marriage are wide and vast, but one issue is particularly known to wreak havoc on all relationships – drug and alcohol abuse. Individuals caught in the cycle of addiction can pose a safety risk to the other spouse and their children, as well as jeopardize finances. Getting out of these marriages and seeking divorce is rarely easy, but unfortunately, often necessary. While these issues are certainly private matters that one tends to keep quiet, the presence of substance abuse does have a real impact on the outcome of a divorce, especially if children are involved. Breaking off all communication and relations with individuals with substance abuse problems is ideal, but not always possible or practical. One of President Trump’s advisors, Steve Bannon, has an ex-wife with alcohol and drug issues, and despite her problems he has continued to provide financial and emotional support as she struggles to recover. This news report illustrates that addiction issues reach into all spheres of power and wealth, and needs to be understood in the context of divorce.
Property Division
Marital property is divided in divorce based on the concept of equitable distribution. Equitable distribution, under Florida law, starts from the premise that all marital property should be distributed equally. However, a court will deviate from that standard, if there is justification, in order to arrive at an arrangement that is most fair based on circumstances of the parties. One factor that can persuade a court to award an unequal division of assets is if one spouse intentionally wasted marital property. Drug and alcohol abusers will invariably spend more than they can afford to feed their addiction, which results in the taking of financial resources away from the rest of the family. A court will specifically look at a spouse’s use of marital property in the two years preceding the filing of the divorce petition and while the divorce case is pending. If there is evidence of a spouse deliberately using money and property to acquire drugs or alcohol, the judge is likely to give the other spouse a greater share of the remaining assets.
Child Custody
Substance abuse has an even bigger impact on child custody decisions. The law in Florida gives a preference to shared parental responsibility, but the arrangement must first and foremost be in the best interests of the child. Specifically, if the court finds evidence that a shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child, the judge has discretion to award the other parent sole custody. Alternatively, the court could limit the frequency and type of visitation the parent with substance abuse problems has, such as by ordering supervised visitation. The court must analyze a long list of factors to decide what is in the child’s best interests, and evidence of substance abuse would certainly get the court’s attention. Basically, a judge is looking for any pattern of behavior that could pose a harm to the child’s mental and physical health, and potential exposure to drug use and/or a parent that would put getting drugs or alcohol before the child’s needs is problematic.
One final point worth noting is that, unlike criminal trials, a judge in a civil case can take a party’s silence as guilt. This point is important in substance abuse cases since these individuals have a tendency to deny the existence of or responsibility for the problem. Thus, if a spouse accuses the other of a cocaine habit, and the accused party refuses to confirm or deny or submit drug testing results, the judge can take this behavior as affirmation of the party’s drug problem.
Contact a Divorce Lawyer
Navigating divorce with a spouse who is addicted to alcohol or drugs is bound to present challenges. Having an experienced divorce attorney on your side, like those at Tampa Bay’s All Family Law Group, P.A., will alleviate some of the stress associated with this process. Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

How Unwed Fathers Gain Custody Rights Over a Child

Learning that one is about to become a parent is an exciting and nerve-racking time. Anticipating the child and thinking of all the hopes and dreams a parent may have is a very emotional experience, but if the parent is an unwed father, the opportunity to participate in his child’s life is not guaranteed. The path to legal parenthood for unwed fathers requires the establishment of paternity. Establishing paternity grants a man legal rights and obligations over a child from birth to adulthood. In contrast, mothers and married men are automatically granted full custody and decision-making rights over a child upon birth, reflecting state policy in preference of marriage. A recent news story highlights the potential for complications this rule poses in practice. A Florida man is fighting for parental rights over his son from his ex-girlfriend’s husband. The boy’s mother was married at the time of the child’s birth to another man, thus giving her husband rights as the legal father. Generally, state law supports the involvement of both parents in a child’s life regardless of the couple’s relationship status, but does impose additional requirements on unwed fathers to attain these privileges. An overview of the available methods to establish paternity in Florida will follow below.
Acknowledgement of Paternity
The simplest way to gain paternity over a child is to file an Acknowledgement of Paternity with the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Vital Statistics. In order for this form to be valid, both the mother and presumed father must sign it in the presence of two witnesses, or have it notarized. By signing this document, the father is accepting full rights and responsibilities over the child, including the obligation to provide financial and medical support until the child is an adult. In return, the father is granted the right to request custody and visitation with the child. Both parties have the right to withdraw their consent to the acknowledgement of paternity within 60 days of executing the document. Once this time has passed, paternity is established and can only be challenged in court on the basis that the form was signed due to duress, fraud or mistake of fact.
Petitioning a Court and Genetic Testing
The other principal method of establishing paternity is through a court order. This is a more complicated process, and is typically used when there is a dispute over the child’s paternity. To determine if the child is in fact biologically related to the alleged father, the court will look at the circumstances of the parties’ personal relationship to see if the child is a likely result. In addition, either the court or the parties may request genetic testing. The test results are admissible as evidence of paternity, and if they show the man is related to the child by the statistical probability of 95 percent or higher, paternity is presumed. Both parties have the right to challenge the results and request further testing, but also have the responsibility for paying the costs for the new analysis.
Get Help
If you have questions or concerns about the paternity of your child, consult an experienced family law attorney to ensure your legal rights are fully protected. Many rights and responsibilities are attached to this designation, which means it should not be initiated lightly. The Tampa Bay law firm All Family Group represents mothers and fathers in these matters, and is available to help you to determine the appropriate next steps.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Friday, June 30, 2017

Legal Issues Related to Domestic Violence and Divorce

Violence in the home is a serious issue that should not be ignored, but usually requires advance planning by the victim to avoid further harm. For married spouses looking to divorce, domestic violence complicates an already emotional process and often alters procedural aspects of a divorce case, as well as the application of the law. Event planning and initiating a divorce is more complex as victims are frequently forced to keep their actions secret until safely out of the home. With over 100,000 reports of domestic violence made in Florida in 2014, the state has a legitimate interest in stopping and preventing further abuse. Because of the sensitive nature of domestic violence, victims considering divorce need to know about the impact of this issue before the formal legal process starts. This information will give domestic violence victims valuable information they can use to protect themselves and their families, as well as what to expect once the divorce is granted.
What Qualifies as Domestic Violence According to the Law?
Living for years with the daily fear of violence from a spouse or partner can make such behavior seem normal, and understanding what is considered domestic violence may not be easy. Florida views any act that causes physical injury or death to a family member or other person in the household to be domestic violence. In addition to physical acts that cause injury or death, the following are specifically recognized as domestic violence:
  • assault/aggravated assault;
  • sexual assault;
  • battery/aggravated battery;
  • kidnapping;
  • stalking; and
  • false imprisonment.
Is a Domestic Violence Injunction (Restraining Order) Necessary?
If the person seeking divorce is in fear for his/her safety or that of a child, asking for a domestic violence injunction may be a good choice. A restraining order is an order of protection issued by a court that prohibits a party that poses a danger to another from communicating or making any contact with the other party in hopes of preventing additional violence. Note that threats of violence are enough justification for a court to issue an injunction. Typical restrictions found in domestic violence injunctions include:
  • blocking the abuser from occupying or visiting the marital home, which is important for a spouse seeking divorce that has limited housing options;
  • prohibiting the abuser from going to places routinely frequented by the victim, such as the child’s school and his/her workplace; and
  • granting the victim temporary sole custody of the child, which could become permanent depending on the outcome of the divorce case.
What Is the Impact on Child Custody?
Florida specifically looks at evidence of domestic violence when making child custody determinations. Typically, courts seek to grant shared custody of a child equally between the parents, unless such an arrangement would create a detriment to the child. The best interests of the child is always the primary factor in any child custody decision, and if the court believes a parent accused of domestic violence could pose a risk to the child or the other parent, it has the option of awarding sole custody to the victimized party. Conviction of a domestic violence offense is automatically viewed as being detrimental to the child, and the guilty parent must rebut this presumption to avoid limited or no rights over the child. Without a conviction, evidence of domestic violence will still factor into the evaluation of the best interests of the child, and should impact the judge’s decision on the division of parental responsibility.
Get Legal Help
If you are dealing with domestic violence issues and think that divorce may be your way out, talk to a divorce attorney about how to initiate this process in as safe a manner as possible. The All Family Law Group, P.A. represents clients in the Tampa Bay area in a variety of divorce and family law matters, and can help you take the necessary steps to getting your life in order.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Divorcing Later in Life

With approximately 44 percent of Americans going through a divorce at some point, millions of people in this country must make the often difficult transition from married to single. This adjustment is rarely easy, and the longer a couple is married, the more alien it will seem to live without the presence and support of a spouse. However, the rate of divorce for those 50 and older is on the increase, compared with the number of divorces among this group in 1990. The legal issues that typically impact divorces among older couples differ from those among younger couples. Conflicts around child support and child custody is a non-starter since the vast majority have adult children that no longer need support or care. However, couples married for decades often have much larger and more complex property holdings than someone earlier in life and career development. Retirement benefits are particularly important at this stage, especially if one spouse has been the primary or sole breadwinner for the duration of the marriage. In addition, alimony is more likely to be requested, and property division generally is more apt to generate conflict.
Retirement benefits can easily form a substantial part of a person’s net worth, and the closer one is to retiring, the more pressing this issue becomes if divorce enters the picture. Florida law designates retirement benefits earned during the marriage as marital property and subject to equitable (fair) division. Retirement accounts that contain funds earned or contributed both before and after marriage are divided on a percentage basis, with only the amount collected after marriage subject to division. Further, if any of the retirement accounts are subject to ERISA, including pensions and 401ks, there are special rules that must be followed in order for an ex-spouse to receive a distribution as part of a divorce settlement. A judge must issue a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to permit an alternate payee to collect from a retirement account. Serious tax consequences come into play if this process is mishandled, so an attorney should be consulted to avoid potential penalties.
Spousal support or alimony is more commonly requested among older divorcing couples in light of the economic disparity many of these marriages have. Women were less likely to work or have earned substantially less than their spouse. Thus, post-divorce these women are likely to struggle financially if assistance is not provided. Florida has four types of alimony, but the one particularly applicable to these situations is permanent alimony. The law permits courts to award permanent alimony in marriages of 17 years or more if there is a need for such support, and the examination of certain factors justifies the result, including:
  • the couple’s standard of living;
  • the length of the marriage;
  • the age and mental/physical condition of each party; and
  • each party’s financial resources.
Changing Beneficiaries
In addition to the immediate impact divorce has on the property rights of each party, older couples are more apt to have estate plans that include policies with the spouse listed as the primary beneficiary. While the law will automatically disinherit an ex-spouse in certain instances, the law’s effect depends on the type of estate plan in place. Some death benefits remain payable to the designated beneficiary regardless of divorce unless the beneficiary is specifically changed. Thus, all estate plan documents should be reviewed and revised to ensure an ex-spouse does not ascend to any unwanted rights.
Get Help
Divorce at any age is a difficult process, but divorce later in life brings unique considerations that should be taken into account. The Tampa Bay law firm All Family Law Group, P.A. will fully evaluate your situation, and advise you on the best course to achieve your goals, while also protecting your rights.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What Is Supervised Visitation and When Is It Used?

When parents separate or divorce, a priority for many is making sure they see their children on a regular basis. Frequent parent/child contact is essential for a healthy relationship and the child’s overall development. Consequently, securing sufficient visitation, often called parenting time, is of particular importance to the parent that does not have primary custody. Florida law favors awarding parenting responsibility to both parties equally, but parenting time can quickly become a hotly-disputed issue if a party claims the other parent poses a risk to the child’s safety or health. The best interests of the child is always the pivotal concern and driving factor behind custody and visitation decisions, and evidence of domestic violence, child abuse, child neglect, child abandonment or sexual violence is likely to result in limited, if not a denial of, visitation with the child. One mechanism courts use when they want to allow some contact between a parent, but need to ensure the environment is safe, is to impose supervised visitation. A recent news story out of Pasco County illustrates another situation that could persuade a court to restrict visitation. An Amber Alert was issued when a father embroiled in a custody dispute drove up and snatched his two-year-old away from the mother. The man took this action after emergency efforts to see his son via court order were denied. A discussion of how supervised visitation works will follow below.
The Purpose of Supervised Visitation and Basic Setup
As noted above, supervised visitation is designed to give a parent viewed as posing a risk to the child and/or the other parent an opportunity to exercise some degree of visitation with his/her child. It also offers the child the important benefit having two parents in his/her life. In addition, this structure is used if there is a concern about possible parental kidnapping, and to prevent improper interaction between the parent and child. This kind of visitation involves conducting the interaction between the parent and child at a neutral site and in the presence of a visit monitor who is tasked with ensuring the contact remains safe for the child.
The Process/Programs
Typically, parents are ordered into these programs in connection with divorce/child custody proceedings, domestic violence cases and criminal cases. While in-person supervised visitation is an integral component of these programs, other types of monitoring are also possible, including:
  • monitored parental exchanges of the child;
  • telephone monitoring; and
  • therapeutic monitoring.
The monitor is present first and foremost to protect the child, but also to perform the following duties:
  • keep the nature and content of the visits confidential and remain neutral;
  • check that all instructions from the court are followed;
  • pass on information between the custodial and non-custodial parent related to the child’s welfare;
  • keep records of observations from every visit;
  • provide instruction and feedback to the parties when necessary; and
  • suspend or end a session if the safety of all participants cannot be guaranteed.
In order to fulfill this role, visit monitors receive specialized training on how to respond, recognize and control interactions that involve families dealing with domestic violence, child maltreatment and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Talk to a Family Law Attorney
There are few issues more important than seeing your child, and if you have questions or concerns about visitation or custody issues, talk to a family law attorney about your rights. The Tampa Bay law firm All Family Law Group, P.A. focuses on family law matters, and can assist you with obtaining the best possible resolution in your case.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pregnancy and Divorce

When couples find out the woman is pregnant, there is typically cause for celebration and greater intimacy in the relationship. However, this news is not always a good thing. Couples who are struggling with relationship issues may find a pregnancy pushes them farther apart, and becomes the catalyst for divorce. The combined emotions of pregnancy and divorce is a lot for any woman to process, and making the right decisions for herself and the new child may not be easily discerned. Further, adding an unborn child into the divorce process creates additional legal considerations that need to be addressed. These extra concerns revolve around the particular needs of newborn children that impact issues such as parenting plans, medical costs and alimony. Balancing the needs of the child and interests of both parents can be tricky during the first stages of a child’s life. A discussion of the legal aspects, as well as the practical matters, of navigating divorce during this time of great change will follow below.
Parenting Time
To the extent possible, courts look to grant shared parental responsibility in child custody matters, and to give each parent “frequent and continuing” contact with a child to promote healthy parent/child relationships. Parenting plans lay out the responsibilities each parent has for the child, and most importantly, include a time-sharing schedule to establish how often the child will stay with each parent. Newborns present challenges to organizing a parenting plan that is fair to the father, but also workable for the mother and infant. Newborns require constant care that depends considerably on the presence of the mother, especially if she is breast feeding the infant. While carving out bonding time for the father is important, in the first months of a child’s life overnight stays may not be possible. This means, for all intents and purposes, usually the mother has sole physical custody during this period of time. Instead, both parents should be flexible, and try to work in a few hours every week for the father to visit with the child. Once the child is no longer dependent on breast milk, overnight stays can and should be integrated into the time-sharing schedule.
Health Care
Pregnancy and childbirth are well-known to bring a large amount of additional medical costs that can easily run into the thousands of dollars. Generally, spouses are not required to cover the health care costs of the other following divorce. However, in the case of pregnancy the court may order the husband to contribute toward the costs of the mother’s health care until the child is born. If the woman receives health insurance through her husband’s employer, she would be able to continue on the same plan under COBRA after divorce, which would allow her to keep the same doctors, a priority for most during pregnancy. In this situation, the husband could be ordered to pay at least part of the monthly premium, which is typically substantially more than the employer-subsidized monthly cost.
Alimony is generally awarded on a temporary basis until a party becomes financially independent, and if a woman chose to stay home with the baby for the first few months, courts would likely be amenable to ordering some amount of alimony if the other party is able to pay. However, extended periods of absence from work, especially if the woman was employed before pregnancy, could face increased scrutiny from a court about how long alimony should last.
Consult a Divorce Attorney
Most people facing divorce have to juggle the emotional and practical changes that come with the end of a marriage. Adding a pregnancy to this burden is a lot for anyone to handle. A divorce attorney, like those at All Family Law Group, P.A., can take some the of stress away, and help make decisions that best for you and your family. All Family Law Group, P.A. represents clients in the Tampa Bay area, and can help you move forward.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

What to Expect at Your First Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer

Making the decision to get divorced is hard, and the next step may not be so obvious in the wake of all the emotions divorce typically provokes. But, at some point, most people end up talking with a divorce lawyer. The time leading up to the first meeting is often full of fear and anxiety for the potential client as they ponder the personal information they must reveal, and confront the many stereotypes attributed to lawyers. In addition, meeting with a lawyer to discuss divorce may be the first time the person has ever consulted an attorney, which can feel overwhelming and intimidating. Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can experience, but working with an experienced divorce attorney can help to dispel some of the constant worry. Thus, instead of the trepidation that comes from entering this setting blind, a discussion on what to expect and the types of information to prepare before such a meeting will be offered in hopes of soothing some of these worries and facilitating a more productive discussion.
Preparation is important for both reducing anxiety and maximizing the time the person has with the attorney. To start this process, one should envision what he/she wants life to look like post-divorce, and figure out what is needed to make that happen (i.e., property division, support, etc.). In addition, make a list of questions about any practical or legal aspects of divorce that are unclear. Finances are big part of any divorce, and will influence how the attorney approaches this case. Thus, Florida requires both parties to a divorce to file a financial affidavit outlining expenses and income, which is used to calculate child support and to decide the division of property. While it is not necessary to have all the details and documents collected at this stage, having an informed understanding of one’s assets and obligations is very helpful and relevant information the attorney needs. Be prepared to discuss past and current marital problems and issues that are likely to be disputed in the divorce.
What Will Happen at the Meeting?
The most important thing to remember about the initial consultation is that no decision must be made right away. Look at this meeting as a fact-finding opportunity, and keep in mind the purpose is for the attorney to get to know the potential client. Then, both can mutually decide if there is a good fit and take the necessary steps to formalize the attorney/client relationship. The attorney will ask questions about the marriage, children and any unique dynamics affecting the family. In addition, the client will learn about the divorce process, including options on the types of divorce that apply to his/her situation. Finally, while every divorce is unique, there are some commonalities, and the attorney has likely heard a similar story before. Thus, there is no need to feel embarrassed about the specifics of the situation – the attorney is there to help.
Get Legal Advice
The consequences of divorce are far-reaching and permanent, which is why consulting with an experienced divorce attorney is important to protecting your long-term interests. The Tampa Bay law firm All Family Law Group, P.A. strives to resolve divorce cases as amicably as possible, but is prepared to fight for your rights in court if necessary.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What Can You Do if the Other Parent Ignores the Parenting Plan?

The cornerstones of child custody arrangements in Florida are parenting plans. These documents outline when each parent has physical custody of the child, and the legal authority each holds over important decisions in the child’s life (education, medical care, activities, etc.). In practical terms, both parents must compromise and cooperate with one another in order for parenting plans to work, but unfortunately, not all parents are willing to follow the terms set out in this document. All parenting plans must be approved by a court so they can be legally enforced in case one party decides to violate the terms. Violations can include not returning the child at the appointed time, preventing communication between a parent and child, or taking the child out of the area without the other parent’s knowledge or permission. Florida law, understanding the seriousness of denying a parent lawful access to a child, has civil procedures and criminal penalties to deter this type of conduct.
Risk of Violation
If a parent is lucky enough to realize the other parent is planning to violate the parenting plan, that parent can ask the court to issue orders designed to stop the other parent from following through with his/her intent. However, the type of violation must relate to a parent planning to take the child out of the state or country, or conceal the child’s location. The petition must include considerable evidence demonstrating the parent’s intent (plane tickets, real estate inquiries, contacting schools, closing bank accounts, quitting a job, for example), and cannot be based on a suspicion or unsupported fear. Assuming there is sufficient evidence of a plan to leave with or conceal the child, the court can issue orders limiting the parent’s ability to take action, including:
  • requiring the parent to get notarized permission from the other parent or a court order before taking the child out of the State or country;
  • requiring the parent to post security or bond as a financial deterrence to taking the child;
  • requiring the parent to surrender the child’s passport, or, if the child does not have one, requesting the Passport Service Office not issue a passport until further orders from the court;
  • imposing restrictions on visitation, including requiring supervised visitation; or
  • prohibiting the parent from picking up the child from school or daycare.
Modification of the Parenting Plan
If violations have occurred, but do not include abducting the child, a parent’s best course of action is to petition the court for a modification of the parenting plan. Parenting plans can be changed if there are substantial, material and unanticipated changes in circumstance, and it is in the best interests of the child. Ongoing efforts to prevent or limit a parent’s access to his/her child in contravention of provisions of the parenting plan would almost certainly persuade a court to modify the parenting plan. The court could give the non-offending parent sole custody or impose limited or supervised visitation for the offending parent to prevent further interference with the parenting plan.
Interference with Child Custody
Finally, if a parent has taken steps to keep a child away from another parent with custody rights, the state classifies this behavior as the crime of interference with custody. The concealment or removal of the child must be with the “malicious intent to deprive another person of his or her right to custody.” This offense is a third degree felony, which could land someone in state prison for up to five years. However, the law does grant defenses to this crime for actions taken to protect the child’s welfare or escape domestic violence.
Get Legal Advice
If you are dealing with an ex- spouse or partner who continually violates the terms of your parenting plan, do not try to fight this battle alone. Being proactive when violations begin reduce the chances of the other parent being able to take your child beyond your reach. The Tampa Bay All Family Law Group, P.A. understands what is at stake and will fight to protect the interests of you and your child.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Do Grandparents Have Any Rights after Their Child Divorces?

Couples with children who decide to divorce face many challenges as they transition to being single parents. Trying to explain that everyone does not live together anymore is a hard concept for young children to grasp. In addition to losing the family unit, children can find themselves disconnected from family and friends as parents adjust school and living arrangements. One family member that is typically very important to a child’s wellbeing and development is a grandparent. Grandparents hold a special place in a child’s life that is difficult, if not impossible, to replace. However, depending on the circumstances of a divorce, a parent may decide it best to limit or deny a grandparent access to a child. This decision can be devastating for the child and grandparent alike, and Florida law recognizes that visitation with a grandparent should be extended some degree of protection. A number of states have laws on grandparent visitation that vary on how extensive the grandparent’s right to see a child is. A woman from Illinois was recently charged with child neglect for violating court-ordered visitation with her daughter’s paternal grandparents. Florida is on the more conservative side when it comes to grandparent visitation rights, and will only grant it under specific circumstances. This stance is reflective of the strong deference given to parents to decide who should have access to their child.
Petitioning for Visitation
A grandparent may only petition for visitation if one of the following is true:
  • both parents are missing, deceased or in a permanent vegetative state; or
  • one parent is missing, deceased or in a vegetative state, and the other parent has been convicted of a felony or violent crime that shows the parent poses a substantial threat to the child’s health or welfare.
Thus, the parents must be unavailable to care for their child, and, in a practical sense, the grandparent offers the closest opportunity possible to learn about the absent parent. As a preliminary step to considering the petition, the court must first determine if the parents are unfit or pose a substantial threat. Unless one of these options is answered in the affirmative, the petition will not proceed for full consideration. In addition to assessment of the parents, the court also looks at what is in the best interests of the child, and whether visitation with the grandparent would damage the parent/child relationship.
Factors Used to Evaluate the Petition
The best interests of the child is always a paramount consideration in any family court proceeding. In the context of grandparent visitation, the court looks at:
  • the emotional ties between the grandparent and child, especially if established when access was previously allowed;
  • the length and quality of the grandparent/child relationship, including if the grandparent provided regular care and support;
  • the reasons given by the parent for cutting off visitation;
  • if the child suffered harm due to the disruption in the grandparent relationship, and if the grandparent’s stability and support could prevent further harm;
  • the mental, physical and emotional health the of the grandparent and child; and
  • the child’s preference, if mature enough to make a reasoned decision.
When it comes to evaluating the impact of grandparent visitation on the parent/child relationship, the court considers several factors, including:
  • previous disputes between the parents and grandparents over childcare;
  • if the visitation would compromise or interfere with the parent’s authority;
  • whether visitation would expose the child to morals, beliefs or practices that conflict with parent’s wishes; and
  • the psychological effect of the visitation disputes on the child.
Consult a Family Law Attorney
If you are struggling with a child visitation dispute, talk to a family law attorney about your rights and obligations. Parents have a lot of leeway to decide who can see their child, outside of the other parent. The All Family Law Group, P.A. helps individuals in the Tampa Bay area resolve a variety of family law issues, including child custody and visitation. Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dealing with a Spouse Who Is Intentionally Hiding or Squandering Marital Assets Pending Divorce

Married couples spend years building up assets in the hope of gaining financial stability for their family, and this effort often requires many sacrifices to produce the desired results. Consequently, if a couple later divorces, dividing this property frequently becomes a contentious and highly litigated issue. Relinquishing control over something that required considerable effort is understandably difficult. However, unless a prenuptial agreement exists, the division of marital property is mandated by Florida law. Typically, marital property is equally divided between spouses under the premise that each provided equivalent contributions to the acquisition of the assets. But, if there are concerns about a spouse dissipating assets during the marriage and/or while the divorce is pending, the court can take steps to rein in this behavior if sufficient evidence is brought to its attention. Basically, the law does not want one spouse to unfairly and unilaterally gain a greater share of the marital property at the other spouse’s expense, and potentially leave the innocent party with no financial resources following the divorce decree. A woman from Florida is facing this situation as she seeks to stem the further loss of marital property to her husband’s mistress. The woman filed for divorce earlier this year after learning of the affair, and believes the amount that actually benefited the other woman is far in excess of the $11 million claimed by her husband. A discussion of what a spouse can do to stop dissipation, or waste, of marital property, as well as how to recover the squandered funds in a divorce, will follow below.
Actions Considered Dissipation of Assets
A spouse is considered to have dissipated marital assets if he/she attempts to hide or waste the assets, and thereby deprives the other spouse of the benefits the property provides. Dissipation can include transferring money to family members, wiring money to an overseas bank account, or intentionally running up huge credit card debts to punish the other spouse for getting divorced. Further, changing the beneficiary of a life insurance from a spouse to a mistress, for example, would also be viewed as waste since the intent is to deny the spouse the benefit and use of the proceeds. If this type of behavior is suspected, action must be taken as soon as possible to prevent further, and potentially unrecoverable, losses of marital property.
Florida law allows spouses to petition the court for an injunction to prevent the other spouse from disposing of or concealing the property. This means the spouse named in the injunction is prohibited from removing the property from the state or reducing its value in any way without the other spouse’s permission. If a spouse violates the injunction, the other spouse may file a petition with the court to hold him/her in contempt, and may also include a demand for the spouse to deposit a sum of money with the court to cover the value of the lost assets, if they are unrecoverable, as an incentive to prevent further violations. The payment is also usually necessary to avoid a jail sentence for contempt.
Property Division in Light of Lost Assets
If a spouse did dissipate marital property, this behavior can have a significant effect on the division of property in a divorce. The court will value assets lost to dissipation, and award a greater amount of the remaining marital property to the innocent spouse. If the remaining marital property is insufficient to cover the value of the wasted assets, the court will look to the guilty spouse’s separate property to find restitution for the other party.
Get Help
If you are concerned a spouse is disposing of assets without your knowledge or consent, talk to a family law attorney as soon as possible. The quicker legal action is taken, the greater the possibility of tracking and recovering the property. The All Family Law Group, P.A. represents clients throughout the Tampa Bay area in family law matters, including property division, and can help you get the settlement you deserve.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
by Lynette Silon-Laguna Google+

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mental Incapacity: The Lesser Known Basis for Divorce

Marriage requires compromise and acceptance of difficult situations if a couple wants it to last, and such sacrifice tends to increase as spouses age. People generally recognize that a spouse will change both physically and psychologically over time, and are willing to stay with the person despite these shifts. However, there may come a point where the change is so dramatic and profound that staying married is no longer feasible and divorce becomes a viable option. Everyone is familiar with irreconcilable differences as the no-fault basis for divorce, but Florida also offers an additional ground to justify divorce – mental incapacity. Divorcing someone in these circumstances may seem harsh, but other factors may make ending the marriage in this manner a reasonable choice. Children, especially if they are young, are likely to experience a considerable negative impact if continually exposed to a parent that is mentally incapacitated. Kim Kardashian is currently facing the dilemma of deciding whether to divorce from her husband, Kanye West, in the wake of his mental health breakdown in recent weeks. Divorcing someone on the grounds of mental incapacity is not the easy procedure offered by claiming irreconcilable differences, but is important to know about for those in this situation.
Divorce Due to Mental Incapacity
The main reason someone might choose to use irreconcilable differences as a basis for divorce, even if their spouse is mentally incapacitated, is the extra time required for choosing the latter. Florida law mandates that to use mental incapacity as the reason for divorce, one spouse must first be declared incompetent for at least three years. Further, the incapacitated spouse is entitled to have a guardian to represent their interests, which adds another layer of complexity to the case. Most importantly, though, spouses that divorce due to mental incapacity are obligated to pay alimony because the other spouse is almost guaranteed to lack the resources for self-support.
Getting Someone Declared Mentally Incapacitated
Before getting into how one is declared incapacitated, it is worth stopping for moment to consider why a spouse or family member would take this step in the first place. It seems to appear from the outside that this procedure would have little to no impact on the daily needs of the incapacitated person, which is probably true. But, it does give the spouse or family member the authority to make medical and financials decisions on behalf of the incapacitated individual, and may open access to programs that can assist with caring for the incapacitated person.
This process starts with filing a petition with the court asking it to declare someone incapacitated. These petitions are addressed on an expedited basis, so the process moves somewhat quickly compared with other cases. Within five days of filing the petition, the court must appoint a committee of three medical professionals to evaluate the condition of the person named in the petition, and each must submit a report to the judge no later than four months after their appointment. Each professional must personally examine the individual and assess whether he/she has the ability to exercise certain legal rights, such as the right to marry, manage property, vote, make medical decisions and decide living situation issues. The court uses this information, along with its own impressions gathered by questioning the individual, to decide if some or all legal rights should be removed due to incapacity. This status continues indefinitely until lifted by a court in a future proceeding.
Talk to a Divorce Attorney
If you are considering divorce, regardless of the reason, consult a divorce attorney before filing a divorce petition. Divorce has important legal consequences, many of which are permanent, and should be approached under the guidance of a divorce attorney who can make sure your interests are fully considered and protected. The Tampa Bay law firm of the All Family Law Group works with clients to achieve their specific goals as they enter a new stage in life.  Contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
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