Divorce and Child Custody

Uncontested

An uncontested divorce occurs where both spouses agree to all of the necessary terms of the divorce, such as Child Support, Time-sharing (Child custody and visitation), Alimony (Spousal Support), Asset and property distribution, Debt division, and Family business interests. One spouse then engages Pugh Law to assist in preparing and filing the documents, communicating with the court, and obtaining resolving the matter.

Alimony

Alimony is a periodic or lump sum payment that the court orders one spouse to pay to the other, either during a divorce proceeding or after the divorce is final. It can be bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational and permanent alimony.

Child Custody and Support

Florida courts favor parents sharing the responsibility of their children, except for cases where time-sharing may be harmful to the children. The amount of physical time a parent spends with his or her children can have a direct impact on how much financial child support is required. It is important that a shared parenting plan specifically identify how much time the child is to spent with each parent. In Florida, child support calculations are based on both parents’ income, the number of children that the parents have together, and the percentage of time each is granted responsibility for the children.

Division of Assets and Debts

The equitable distribution of the couple’s assets and debts is a major concern in most divorce cases. Factors the courts will often consider when determining how to divide such financial matters include any valid agreements between the parties, the length of the marriage, the financial circumstances of each spouse, each spouse’s contributions and sacrifices for the marriage, and any recent instances in which either spouse wasted their assets.