Challenging legal issues can make anyone feel helpless, alone, and confused. In difficult times involving family or criminal law matters, you need a legal professional who will stand by your side and fight tirelessly for your rights. ZAGERLAW, P.A., is a law firm you can trust in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area. Our Florida family law attorneys have over 23 years of courtroom experience, and we treat our clients with the respect and honesty they deserve.

As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, I can impartially assist with facilitating conversations, negotiations, and decisions between separating couples — which can be more cost-effective and shorter than involving the court.

Upon meeting with us, I will provide a truthful opinion on the legal ramifications and risks involved in your case. Whether you require a Florida divorce attorney, support through an emotional custody battle, or need help defending your innocence in criminal allegations, our family and criminal law firm can assist you.

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A competent, experienced divorce lawyer is vital for helping you understand the divorce laws in FL, guiding you through all the necessary steps to the divorce process and providing neutral, rational insight and support through such an emotionally charged situation. Having expert counsel by your side throughout your family law matters saves you valuable time and money in the long run and ensures you reach a favorable resolution.
Property division can be quite complex. Property is divided based on community (acquired in the marriage) and separate (what each party brought into the marriage) property. Florida family law follows equitable division law, which means the division of property is fair, not necessarily equal. Thus, the portion of the total assets each party will receive creates a fair and equitable financial balance.
Every divorce case is unique, and the length varies depending on the circumstances. Factors that affect the time include the number of contested issues and how quickly the parties can reach an agreement. Cooperation and honesty about assets, openness for negotiation, and willingness to make sacrifices from both parties will expedite the process. Conversely, stubbornness, evasion, and hostility can be detrimental to both the length and cost of the case. Every effort will be made to keep the case out of Florida family court.
Prenuptial agreements are a personal choice. It can be very beneficial to document the terms of what will happen to your assets, property, or children should you ever divorce. While a prenuptial agreement can be valuable for every marriage, typical reasons for a couple deciding to draft one can include:
  • A significant difference in age
  • A significant difference in financial status
  • One or both parties have children from previous marriages and want to ensure they can inherit certain assets
  • One or both parties want to protect business partners
If a noncustodial parent falls behind on child support payments, there are options for enforcing it, but only through court involvement. The court can use various methods to collect any back child support payments. These methods can include income withholding, wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, liens, or attachments to property. Additionally, a court can take punitive actions if these methods are unsuccessful, including license suspension, passport denial, and even possible jail time.
Similar to child custody, judges determine child support based on the best interests of the child. Judges will weigh several factors, namely the ability of one parent to support the child and the financial status of the other. Additional considerations include any special educational needs of the child, the physical or mental health of the child or either parent and the credentials or ability of the recipient to obtain work.
The court considers several factors when determining the custody of children, such as living situation, proximity to other family members and schools, and income of each parent. A custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the child is always the priority. Unless extreme circumstances necessitate separating the child from one parent, a judge will typically favor joint custody arrangements. These circumstances can include any history of abuse, drug or alcohol use, and mental or physical health issues. The bottom line is that your children's interests are always protected.

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