Panama City Divorce and Family Lawyer
FAQ for Divorce and Family Law
Seaton Law Offices, P.A. is consistently asked certain questions by people
facing a family law legal issue, whether it is
enforcement or other issue. The attorneys have provided you with some basic answers
to general questions. Call the firm to discuss your case for more specific
answers. The firm represents Panama City residents in all family law matters.
If I file for divorce, will I lose my home?
One of the most important issues in most divorce cases is the family home.
How this is decided can be a complex matter, and planning out a strategy
should start immediately. A full review of your situation can allow the
firm to evaluate how the courts are likely to make a decision. Once the
attorney has reviewed your financial scene, she can propose various types
of solutions that could make it possible for you to remain in your home.
The resolution of this problem should be handled by a legal professional
with extensive experience in mediation, negotiation and at trial. Call us.
How can I make sure I get custody of my children?
The Florida courts are focused on protecting the best interests of the
children. It is considered important for parents to have equal access
to their children, but how this is arranged is on a case-by-case basis.
A parenting plan is submitted to the court for approval. You can expect
that a court decision will allow both parents time with the children,
and a specific formula for visitation is commonly used. If there are issues
such as alcoholism, drug use, a history of family violence or similar
situation, there are cases in which the court will decide that one parent
can only visit with children under supervision. If you are concerned about
the custody of your children, these matters are best resolved through
negotiations with the opposing attorney, rather than in court. You need
a skilled attorney to engage in this process. Granted, there are some
cases in which the other parent is unbending and won't compromise.
Some cases must be taken to trial for resolution. In these cases, you
want a highly experienced attorney presenting your case, as the skill
with which your case is presented is often a critical factor in the final decision.
How much spousal support will I get/pay?
The decision about
spousal support is based upon several factors, including the current financial condition
of each party, the ability to maintain the standard of living enjoyed
during the term of the marriage, the ability of each party to get and
remain employed, and the duration of the marriage. Florida law allows
for a lifetime of spousal support in some cases. You should find out what
to expect, and Seaton Law Offices, P.A. can help.
What is a collaborative divorce? Is this a better option?
A new approach to divorce is the collaborative divorce process. Each party
has legal representation, and agrees to get together, outside of court,
and brings matters to a resolution with less strife and stress. This often
results in a better agreement – as both parties have been intimately
involved in the decision making process. You can find out more about collaborative
divorce by calling the firm.
I need help establishing paternity. What should I do?
If you are the parent of a child and do not currently have parental rights,
legal action can be taken to
establish paternity and gain the ability to be involved in your child's upbringing. If
you are unsure if you are actually the parent of a child and are being
asked to pay support, this could be another reason for the need to scientifically
prove whether you are the father or not. There are blood tests used to
determine paternity, as well as DNA tests. Attorney Seaton and her team
can help you to resolve this issue and get the answers you need.
Contact the Panama City family law firm to discuss your matter.