Family Law Attorneys in Brevard County, Florida
Family law matters can undeniably be emotional and stressful. They often involve complex legal issues that demand a tough, yet fair approach. That's where we step in. Our attorneys, Harley Gutin and Stephen Wolverton, are two experienced, aggressive trial lawyers with over 50 years of combined legal experience. We're here to fight for you, and deliver great results without overcharging. We aim to make this difficult journey a bit more predictable for you and your loved ones.
At Gutin & Wolverton: Harley I. Gutin, we're more than just your legal representatives; we're your advocates, your confidants, and your guides during what can be one of the most challenging times in your life. With us, you're never alone. We're available at every hour, every day, including weekends. We're here to help you navigate through your legal issues, always ensuring that your rights are protected.
When you're looking to resolve your legal issues efficiently and affordably, reach out to our office in Cocoa, Florida. We serve those throughout Brevard County including the communities of Titusville, Melbourne, and Palm Bay.
Divorce in Florida
In Florida, divorce laws are designed to dissolve a marriage equitably and fairly. The state operates under the principle of "no-fault" divorce, which means either spouse can file for a divorce without needing to prove wrongdoing by the other party. A spouse only needs to state that the marriage is "irretrievably broken."
To file for divorce in Florida, at least one spouse must have resided in the state for a minimum of six months prior to filing. The process begins when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the circuit court in the county where they live.
After the petition is filed, the other spouse is served with the divorce papers and has 20 days to respond. If both parties agree on all terms of the divorce, including property division, child custody, and support issues, the divorce can be finalized without a contested trial. However, if there's disagreement on any issue, the case will go to trial.
At Gutin & Wolverton: Harley I. Gutin, we understand that going through a divorce is an emotionally draining process, filled with stress and uncertainty. Our mission is to protect your rights and peace of mind throughout this difficult journey. We're available around the clock, day, or night, weekends included, to guide you, and offer legal advice.
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Uncontested vs. Contested Divorces
Our family lawyers handle both contested and uncontested cooperative divorces.
In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on all matters, including property division, child custody, child support, and alimony. It's a cooperative process, where we at Gutin & Wolverton help you through each stage, ensuring that all legal documents are correctly filled out and filed promptly. This option tends to be quicker and less costly, as it often avoids a trial.
On the other hand, a contested divorce occurs when there's disagreement on one or more issues. This could involve disputes over property division, child custody, or financial support. In such cases, we're there to defend your rights aggressively. We're experienced in handling contested trials and are prepared to take your case in front of a Judge or Magistrate if necessary.
Sometimes, circumstances demand a tough and aggressive legal stance to reach a satisfactory resolution. At other times, ensuring all parties feel they're being treated fairly is what's necessary. And when a hearing or trial in front of a Judge or Magistrate is unavoidable, rest assured, we'll be there by your side, representing your best interests.
Our approach to divorce cases is tailored to each unique situation. Our goal is to help you navigate these turbulent waters and come out on the other side with a sense of predictability and certainty about your future. Rest assured, our fees are reasonable, and we can arrange a payment plan that suits your needs.
Children and Family Law
When children are involved in a family law case, the stakes become even higher. We at Gutin & Wolverton place a high priority on resolving child custody and support issues. Our experienced attorneys, Harley Gutin, and Stephen Wolverton, have over 50 years of combined legal experience, enabling us to represent you effectively in these complex matters.
Child Custody in Florida
In Florida, child custody laws are designed with the best interests of the child at the forefront. The courts consider various factors to determine these best interests, including the emotional ties between the parents and the child, the parents' ability to provide a stable home environment, and the mental and physical health of all parties involved.
There are two types of custody in Florida: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to where the child will live, while legal custody refers to who will make important decisions about the child's upbringing, like education and healthcare. These can be either sole (one parent) or joint (both parents), depending on the circumstances.
Child support laws are there to ensure that both parents contribute financially to their child's upbringing. The amount of child support is typically determined by several factors, including the income of both parents, the cost of healthcare and childcare, and the amount of time the child spends with each parent.
Whether you're going through a divorce or addressing a custody or support arrangement with a co-parent, we know that your primary concern is the welfare and well-being of your children. That's why we work tirelessly to safeguard your children's rights and interests. From negotiating visitation schedules and child support agreements to litigating contested trials, we're committed to providing you and your child with the best legal representation possible.
In Florida, paternity laws are designed to establish the legal relationship between a father and a child. This is crucial in cases involving non-marital relationships, as it can impact child custody, visitation rights, and child support.
When a child is born to unmarried parents, paternity isn't automatically established. It can be established voluntarily if both parents sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity form, or involuntarily through a court order. In the latter case, DNA testing may be required to confirm biological relation.
Paternity cases can be complex and emotionally charged. But with us, you're not alone. We handle non-marital relationship paternity cases, ensuring you receive fair treatment and a verdict that's rooted in justice. Understanding your situation is our first step. Then, we work with you to develop a strategy that aligns with your goals.
Family Law Attorneys in Brevard County, Florida
Whether you have questions about Florida alimony law, child custody, or paternity issues, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We offer skilled and comprehensive family law legal services. And yes, we can arrange for Spanish-speaking interpreters upon request. Contact us online or call us when you need serious and affordable family law representation. At Gutin & Wolverton: Harley I. Gutin, we're here to help you through the hard times.