Knowledgeable Florida Divorce Lawyer Provides Guidance and Advice
Dedicated attorney helps individuals in Highlands, Hardee and Polk Counties and surrounding areas with alimony, custody and more
Divorce is never easy, even when both partners agree that it’s the right decision. The dissolution of a marriage involves crucial decisions about how your shared property will be divided and how your children will be cared for. At Law Office of Patricia Lynch Franklin, P.A., Ms. Franklin’s goal is to help clients in the Highlands, Hardee and Polk County areas, and throughout Florida, get through their divorces without added stress or difficulty. Her knowledge of Florida laws and practices enables her to provide advice on all aspects of divorce, and to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Committed advocate strives for fair support and equitable distribution of property
At Law Office of Patricia Lynch Franklin, P.A., Ms. Franklin works to develop the best possible solutions for all aspects of your divorce, which may include:
- Child custody and visitation — Court orders determine where your child will live, how parenting time will be split and to what degree each parent gets to make decisions about their child’s life. Ms. Franklin works to ensure your parental rights are protected while advocating for your children’s welfare.
- Child support — A number of factors are used to calculate child support payments from each parent’s income to each child’s particular needs. These calculations are made based on the parties’ Financial Affidavits and the child support guidelines worksheet.
- Distribution of property — The division of your home and other assets – equitable distribution in Florida – often depends on whether property is considered marital property or premarital property owned by just one spouse. Sometimes the non-owner spouse has invested in or contributed to the otherwise premarital property of the other spouse and may be able to assert the value of that investment interest. Ms. Franklin will help you seek a fair division of the marital estate and help you maintain your premarital assets.
- Division of marital debts — Both spouses may be accountable for debts accrued during the marriage, or in some circumstances, one spouse may be found to be more responsible, depending on the financial standing of the parties.
- Spousal support and temporary support — Whether you seek spousal support – also known as alimony – on a permanent or temporary basis, or whether you must pay it, Ms. Franklin will develop the facts and seek a fair determination so that divorce doesn’t leave you financially strapped.
With commitment and conviction, Ms. Franklin argues for fair arrangements, always keeping in mind your best interests and those of your children.
Effective family lawyer handles mediation and litigation
The course that your divorce takes will depend on your circumstances. Florida courts generally require the parties to attempt to work out their differences through mediation rather than having a judge decide the terms of their divorce. Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement on your terms in a structured setting through a trained and unbiased mediator. Mediation is a process that fosters cooperation and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty of litigation. A mediated settlement also often reduces the time and cost of divorce caused by a full trial on the merits.
When litigation is necessary to reach just and equitable resolutions to alimony, custody and other matters, Ms. Franklin is prepared to advocate on your behalf in court in pursuit of the most favorable outcome.
Contact a skilled Florida divorce attorney
At Law Office of Patricia Lynch Franklin, P.A., in Sebring, Ms. Franklin represents divorcing spouses throughout Florida. Call us at 863-304-8016 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.