Family Law

Family Law

Going through a divorce or dealing with other family law problems is difficult. I’ve gone through my own divorce and child custody battles, so I know from experience how hard it can be emotionally and financially. I care about my clients, and I am committed to applying my legal knowledge and experience to help them protect their interests, while keeping my services affordable.

Divorce

Getting divorced is difficult for many reasons. There are many things you have to do to prepare for your future, but you are likely to be struggling with painful emotions at the same time. You need a lawyer you can rely on to look out for your interests.

I will guide you through the legal process, explain the law in a way that is easy to understand, and help you reach the decisions that will lay a good groundwork for the next chapter in your life. I will make the process as easy as possible for you to help you get through this difficult time.

Paternity

Whether you are a mother who wants to establish the legal paternity of your child’s father, or you are a father seeking legal recognition of your status as your child’s father, I can help. Mothers who were not married to their child’s father when the child was born will need to establish paternity to be eligible for child support payments from the father. Fathers who were not married to their child’s mother when the child was born will need to establish paternity when seeking to establish their rights. Establishing paternity may also be necessary for the child to receive certain benefits from the parents.

Custody

Establishing a time-sharing custody plan is a crucial part of the divorce process (or of the break-up if the parents aren’t married to each other). It can also be one of the most difficult parts emotionally. As the mother of four children, I understand how important it is to have time-sharing arrangements that both parents can live with and that are in the best interests of the child. Whenever possible, I encourage parents to work together to try to reach an agreement about time-sharing that satisfies them both. When that isn’t possible, I will fight for my clients in court.

Child Support

It is important to establish child support payments that are fair and in the best interests of the child. While the Florida family courts use a formula to determine child support amounts, there are some situations where parents can ask the court for different amounts.

I can help you whether you are the custodial parent seeking child support from the other parent, or if you are the one who will be paying the support.

Time-sharing

Who will your child live with? If the child will live part of the time with one parent and part with the other, how much time should the child spend with each? What kind of schedule will you set up that works for both parents and is in the best interests of the child?

All these questions need to be worked out when you are getting divorced. As a previously divorced mom of four kids, I am very aware of what a big impact these decisions will have on you and your children. It is usually best if parents can reach an agreement without litigation, but I am prepared to go to court if necessary.

Injunctions

If your spouse is abusive or you feel threatened, you can apply for an injunction from the court. I can help you do that. These orders require that your spouse stay away from you, and the orders can be temporary or permanent, depending on the circumstances.

If you have been served with an injunction, your best interest will be served by retaining counsel to represent you. I have successfully handled many injuction cases.

Alimony

In Florida, alimony is not always granted after a divorce, When it is granted, the court will not make the decision based on gender. Either the husband or the wife may be ordered to pay alimony to the other.

Alimony payments may be substantial and can have a big impact on your life for many years to come. As an experienced family law attorney, I will evaluate the facts of your case to assist you in obtaining alimony, or defending against payment of alimony.

Modifications

After a divorce, your circumstances may change. Either you or your spouse may gain or lose income. The amount that needs to be paid for your child’s expenses may rise. A spouse who receives alimony may remarry.

Any of these or other changes can affect how much you should be receiving or paying in child support or alimony. They can also affect time-sharing arrangements. Modifying existing orders can be a complex process. As an experienced family law attorney, I can evaluate your case to determine the best cause of action to achieve your desired results.

If you are getting a divorce or have other family law issues in Lake, Orange, Seminole, Volusia or Osceola counties in Florida, please contact me at Kate Miller Law, P.A. for a free consultation.