Law is a highly specialized field. Because law is such a complex subject, it is imperative to have a lawyer who is intimately familiar with the area of law that you need. Family law attorneys are specialists in legal matters that involve family members such as husbands, wives, children, parents and siblings. With rising divorce rates and many families foregoing marriage altogether, legal family relationships are becoming more complex. Family law attorneys have the training and experience to help you navigate the legally complex and often emotionally difficult legal situations that can arise between family members.
Some of the most common issues that family law attorneys will handle include issues such as divorce, adoption, child custody, and elder care. The guidance of a family law attorney is beneficial when setting up legal family arrangements, such as visitation arrangements for non-custodial parents or grandparents. Family lawyers can draw up legal documents that protect family members’ rights, such as prenuptial agreements. They can help navigate mediation, file legal documents on your behalf, and, if necessary, represent you in court. Family lawyers carefully and skillfully guide their clients through stressful interactions, giving support, negotiating fair outcomes and helping preserve their clients’ rights.
Laws that govern family rights and responsibilities are different in each state. There are a number of rules and laws that are specific to family law in the state of Florida. For instance, Florida is a “no-fault” divorce state. This has a large impact on what someone can expect to happen during divorce proceedings. It is important to be sure that your lawyer has ample experience navigating the laws in the state of Florida to ensure that you are getting the best, most informed, representation.
Dean Tsourakis is a Family Law Attorney in the Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Dunedin area.