FLORIDA FAMILY FAQ
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about a family law issue? Below, we've touched briefly on a variety of issues such as divorce, children, firm information, and property division. These are some of the most common questions we receive, but not a comprehensive list, so if you still have questions, please call and we will be happy to give you the answers you need.
Can I get a divorce without retaining an attorney?
What is collaborative divorce?
What is alimony?
What types of paternity tests are available to me?
How much should I expect to set aside for supporting my child?
I have shared custody with my children, but I want to move to another state. What do I do?
Do you offer any classes or services to your clients?
How is your firm qualified to handle my case?
If I’ve already retained an attorney, can I ask your firm for a second opinion?
How is property divided in divorce?
In Florida, property is divided by the equitable distribution principle. This means that separate property is kept separate, while marital (jointly held) property is divided equitably. This can mean equal or unequal division of assets for both parties.
What is marital property and what is separate property?
Marital property is any property owned jointly by spouses. Separate property typically is property that a single spouse owned independently before marriage.
What factors does the judge consider when dividing assets?
In divorce cases that go to family law court, the judge will base their property division decision on a number of factors, including: the length of the marriage, what each party contributed to the marriage, total income and debts of both parties, and the physical/emotional health of both parties.
Contact a Tampa divorce & family law attorney at Givens Givens Sparks today to discuss your Florida family law case.