Ocala Family Law Attorney
Safeguarding Your Rights in Divorce
At Anne E. Raduns, PA, we practice exclusively in the field of family law.
We don't handle bankruptcy cases, we don't file personal injury
claims and we do not represent clients on criminal charges. Family law
is all that our lawyer and paralegals do. When you bring your case to
us, you can have confidence in the fact that we have an extensive familiarity
and understanding of the Florida Family Statutes, and we know how to get
results for our clients. This may be an incredibly stressful, perhaps
even overwhelming, experience for you, but you can greatly improve your
chances of a favorable outcome by retaining our services from the outset
of the process. Follow the links below to learn more about the different
aspects of divorce and to find out how we can help you!
Contact us online or by phone to discuss the details of your case and your legal options.
The court will not automatically make an award of alimony, also referred
to as spousal support, but will decide to do so based on evidence and
arguments presented by the parties. It is also possible for the spouses
to agree to an arrangement for the payment of alimony through negotiations
out of court.
Neither the mother nor the father is given preference in questions of
child custody, but instead the matter is decided based on the answer to
the question of what is in the best interests of the children. Whenever
possible, the courts prefer to provide both parents with the opportunity
to spend time with the children.
Both you and your spouse have a legal responsibility to provide for the
care of your children in the time following your divorce, but neither
one of you want to be saddled with an unfair share of the economic burden.
The outcome of the question of child support can have an enormous impact
on your future financial stability.
When the parties to a divorce are unable to settle their differences through
negotiation out of court, it becomes necessary to go before a judge for
a trial during which both sides will have to present their arguments and
evidence. This is referred to as a contested divorce, and it is often
a stressful and costly proceeding.
Marriage is a legal relationship, and before it can be brought to an end
you must obtain court approval of a petition for dissolution of marriage.
Your divorce cannot be finalized until you have resolved questions of
property division, alimony and child custody, whether you do so in court
or through negotiation.
Allegations of domestic violence can have an enormous impact on the final
outcome of a divorce, and whether you have been accused or if you have
been abused, you need a skilled and compassionate attorney on your side.
State law applies the principle of equitable distribution to the question
of property division, meaning that assets and debts are to be split up
according to determinations of what is fair, even if it is not what is
If you and your spouse are determined to avoid adversarial litigation
in a contested divorce, you may benefit from the alternative dispute resolution
strategy known as mediation. In mediation, you and your spouse will meet
with a neutral third party to negotiate the terms of your divorce settlement.
It is possible in some cases to petition the family law court for a modification
to the terms of a divorce decree, provided that there has been a major
change in circumstances since the time of the divorce. Modifications commonly
address issues such as child support, alimony and child custody.
Rights of Unmarried Parents
If a child is born out of wedlock, only the mother is presumed to have
any type of legal rights and responsibilities in regard to the child,
unless the father affirms paternity at the time of birth. It is possible,
however, to bring a paternity action in order to gain child support or
child custody rights.
Parenting Time / Visitation
Whenever possible, the courts prefer to keep both parents in the lives
of the children, so even when one parent receives majority timesharing,
the other parent will normally be awarded timesharing, such as on alternating
weekends, mid-week overnights and certain holidays.
By executing a prenuptial agreement, you and your spouse can provide considerable
stability to your marriage, since such a document can serve to remove
uncertainty about each spouse's economic rights and protections. It
can also help you avoid a potentially costly contested divorce in the future.
If you and your spouse can work together to negotiate an out-of-court
settlement, you can pursue an uncontested divorce which is both faster
and less stressful than a contested divorce. You do not have to agree
at the outset, but you must be willing to engage in constructive and respectful
What to Expect in Divorce
Divorce may be the most emotionally challenging experience you will ever
face, but you can greatly improve your chances of success by taking the
time at the beginning of the process to learn the basics and to find out
what to expect.
Do you need a divorce lawyer?
You are perfectly entitled to represent yourself in your divorce, and this
is referred to as
pro se representation. It is not, however, in your best interests to do so. As
soon as you set foot into the courtroom, you will be held to the same
legal standard as an attorney would, and you will not be able to ask the
judge or anyone else for advice about how to proceed. Hiring an
Ocala divorce lawyer gives you the advantage of having an experienced advocate on your side
to speak on your behalf and to protect your personal interests. It also
increases the likelihood that you will be able to negotiate an acceptable
Contact us now for an initial
case evaluation to discuss your concerns and to learn how we can be of assistance.