Do You Need An Attorney For Your Family Law Issue? Let Our Team Guide You Through The Process
Sean Smallwood, P.A. is an Orlando, FL family law firm who understands that legal issues can be devastating to a person’s life on many different levels which is why you need a family law attorney who cares about you. Our lawyers understand that the fact that you have visited this site means that the stress and emotional turmoil of your family law issue has become serious.
This is why we take a personal approach to our practice and tailor out representation with the client’s needs and goals in mind whether you have a dissolution of marriage or a child support or custody action. Sean Smallwood is an Orlando family law attorney who will fight for what is best for you and your family.
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When Parents decide that there is no other option but to involve lawyers and the courts there is often a wide array of legal issues and strategic maneuvers that need to be addressed in order to maximize the odds that you will obtain the best possible result in your family law or divorce issue with as few court appearances and as minimal legal fees spent as possible.
Parents who are going to court need to remember that regardless of any emotional hurts they may have toward the other parent the courts will be looking to make sure that everyone’s conduct during the case is going to benefit the best interests of the children involved in the case.
Sean Smallwood, P.A. can guide you through the confusion and help to prioritize a strategy to get you to a resolution in your case that you are happy with as quickly s possible and to do so at a price that is as efficient as possible.
Family Law Is Complex. We Can Help You Through The Confusion
If you are going through a child support case in Orlando you will need an attorney who understands how to address your specific needs since not all child support cases need to be handled the same. Whether it is a Department of Revenue or D.O.R. case, a support order stemming from a divorce or other type of custody case, or a child support order that needs enforcement or modification Smallwood, P.A. can help.
Department of Revenue child support cases usually come about when one of the parents is receiving state benefits on behalf of the child in the case. The state will go after the other parent for support in order to get back some of the costs given to the child in the form of state aid such as Medicaid, food stamps, or cash assistance. These types of support cases are different from spousal support and rarely stem from dissolutions of marriage.
Most of the time in these types of cases the parent paying support has not had their parental rights established and are paying support and are not permitted to even have visitation with the child. Sean Smallwood has written many very insightful articles on this issue which are available to read on our blog. When this child custody element is present the parent paying the support will often be advised to file a legal paternity case to have their rights given to them by the court. For unmarried parents this is the best way to get visitation which may also have a substantial impact on child support payments.
Child custody issues usually come into play across all different parts of family law such as divorce cases, child support battles, fathers rights, and modification or enforcement of family law orders. The last thing a parent going through a child custody conflict wants to do is to engage in conduct that the Courts may see as controlling or selfish as it relates to children as this can often have a negative effect on that parent’s time-sharing with the child should the case go to court.
In child custody litigation in Florida the courts are guided by the statute which requires them to decide
what is in the child’s best interests. One of the factors used to determine best interests of children in custody cases if each parent’s willingness to promote a relationship between the child and the other parent. This is why parents should try to never cut off contact between a child and the other parent without first getting permission of the court to do so.
These cases involving fights over time-sharing of children can originate from divorces or from unmarried couples fighting over time with the children. Regardless of how the case begins the factors considered by the court in reaching a decision will be the same.
Custody cases can sometimes involve Department of Children and Families, Guardians Ad Litem, Law enforcement, Child therapists and psychologists, testimony from family members, and educators. It is important that you have an attorney who will listen to you and can assist you in deciding who to bring to court or when it is time to think about a settlement.
In many cases it is preferred to try to work toward a settlement in court ordered mediation as this can save time, money, and stress on you and children. This is always a main goal that we strive for while remembering not to sacrifice your wants and needs in the case.
In addition to this our firm goes a step further and strives to educate each client on the complex areas of family law that relate to their individual situation. This is our way of trying to ensure that families do not end up going to court over and over after the representation ends.