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We assist you through the termination of a marriage filed as a Dissolution Of Marriage based on either the marriage is irretrievably broken or the mental incapacity of one of the parties.   This constitutes finding an appropriate and lawful condition, which both parties agree upon and can substantiate, or that which the filing spouse desires to prove to the court.

The most difficult resolution of a divorce is often the children and what is best for them.  In Florida, the court views, custody, support and visitation as to what is “Best For The Child”, and not what is best for the parent.  We provide assistance to understand the statutes regarding the issues with children and how to best address this during the divorce and as conditions change later in life.

Our Services

Dissolution of Marriage

Child Custody, Support and Visitation

Spousal Support or Alimony

This is financial support paid to one spouse by the other.  It may be paid in one lump sum or in instalments and can be temporary of permanent. Courts increasingly view this as transitional.  Many courts have accepted the idea of using equitable distribution of property to meet future financial needs.  We can assist you at understanding your options and how to proceed with your agreement.

Modifications and Relocations

After a divorce, courts entertain motions to modify spousal and child support based upon a change of circumstances in the lives of either the custodial or the non custodial parent.  A Modification leaves intact the general purpose of the order but amends its details.   Relocations may occur with either party after the dissolution of marriage and a modification order may be required.

Premarital Agreements

Premarital agreement can be drafted up before marrying your “true love” and this office can assist you with it.  To be enforceable, this agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.  The agreement must be signed voluntarily with no coercion whatsoever, and it must be fair.  It cannot be unconscionable on its face and there must be fair disclosure.


The Lakeland Family Law Center can assist you with the adoption process to assure that all protections and rights for the adoption are covered. There are various forms of adoptions, from parents who plan to adopt together, to  a step parent wishing to adopt their stepchild, to single parent adoptions.  Each has a unique set of requirements that must be followed.


These are the biological ties and obligations to a child by a father of a child.  The question of paternity may give rise to a paternity suit, which is a legal action to determine whether a man is the father of a child born out of wedlock.  The purpose of  this action is to enforce support obligations.  The Family Law Center can assist you with paternity questions and assure your rights are addressed.

Parental Rights

Parent rights are a major concern and misunderstanding in a dissolution of marriage agreement, so much so, there is even a push for a constitutional amendment on the issue.  At the Family Law Center , we assist you with understanding the rights of both parents together, the rights of a father and the rights of a mother for any issue regarding their minor children.

Property Rights

A proper understanding of marital assets and liabilities coupled with an understanding of non marital assets and liabilities, becomes a starting point in understanding these rights in family law.  We assist you in  establishing the cut off date for valuation and how the assets and liabilities will be distributed to the parties as per the states current laws on property rights.

Cohabitation Agreements

These agreements are met for couples living together. Such agreements are similar to the prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements entered into by their married counterparts. Such cohabitation agreements typically address expense sharing, how income will be shared or separated, how assets will be titled, and what happens to property upon termination of the relationship.

Separation Agreements

A legal separation is always advisable to assure all aspects of the marital agreement are properly addressed.  A verbal agreement can easily be disputed, which is why everyone who is separating or divorcing in Florida should have a written and signed Separation Agreement.  The Florida Family Law Center can assist you understanding and drafting an agreement.


Injunctions in Florida can be filed for one of four reasons: domestic violence, repeated violence, sexual violence, or dating violence.  It is very important to understand which type of injunction you are wanting to file for and processing the injunction in the proper fashion.  These are designed for the safety and security of both parties and are important to be completed properly.