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The Faulkner Law Group maintains a comprehensive family law practice in Tampa, Clearwater and throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and neighboring counties. As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and qualified Parenting Coordinator, Tampa family attorney David Faulkner has the skill, temperament, and experience to handle your most important, pressing and sensitive family law matter. Call the experienced Tampa family lawyers at Faulkner Law Group for help with divorce, separation, paternity, modifications and other family law issues in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco or Polk County.

Why Choose Our Skilled Tampa Family Law Firm?

A good family law firm should be able to provide clients with the guidance, support, and representation they need to navigate the legal system and achieve their desired outcomes. A good family law firm should have a team of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who specialize in the areas of law that are relevant to the clients case. Strong communication should be a key feature of a good law firm, with clear and open lines of communication with clients, providing regular updates and responding promptly to inquiries. Professionalism should be a key feature, conducting themselves in a professional and ethical manner, following the rules and regulations set by the legal profession. A strong track record is important, with a history of winning cases and achieving favorable outcomes for clients. Accessibility is crucial, making themselves accessible to clients, offering flexible scheduling options and being responsive to client needs.

A qualified family law firm should also be able to provide tailored service, taking into account the individual needs and goals of each client. Cost effectiveness is also important, providing a fair pricing structure and being transparent about costs. Our Tampa family law attorneys check all these boxes, and have the resources and network to provide comprehensive service to their clients.

Common Florida Family Law Matters

Common family law cases include:

  • Divorce or legal separation
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support or alimony
  • Division of marital property and debts
  • Paternity
  • Domestic violence or restraining orders
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile delinquency and dependency cases involving minors
  • Modification of existing court orders
  • Enforcement of court orders
  • Name change
  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Surrogacy and assisted reproduction agreements

Filing for Divorce in Florida

When filing for divorce, there are several steps you should take:

  1. Gather necessary documents: You will need to provide financial information, such as tax returns, pay stubs, and bank statements. You should also gather any documents related to your marriage, such as your marriage certificate.
  2. Consult with a lawyer: It is highly recommended that you consult with a lawyer before filing for divorce. A lawyer can advise you on the legal process and help you understand your rights and responsibilities.
  3. Choose the appropriate grounds for divorce: Different states have different grounds for divorce, so you will need to choose the one that applies to your situation. Some common grounds include no-fault (irreconcilable differences) and fault-based (adultery, cruelty, desertion, etc.)
  4. File the divorce petition: Once you have gathered the necessary documents and have consulted with a lawyer, you can file the divorce petition with the court. This will initiate the legal process.
  5. Serve the divorce papers: Once the petition is filed, the other party must be served with the divorce papers. This can be done by a process server or through mail with acknowledgement of receipt.
  6. Wait for the required time: In most states, there is a waiting period before a divorce can be granted. This can be as short as a few days or as long as a few months.
  7. Attend court hearing: Depending on the state, you may be required to attend a court hearing or mediation session.
  8. Wait for a final judgment of divorce: Once all the requirements are met, a final judgment of divorce will be issued by the court, legally ending your marriage.

Keep in mind that the process and requirements may vary, so it’s important to check with your lawyer to understand what applies to your case.

Help with All Your Tampa Family Law Needs

Tampa family law attorney David Faulkner is a Florida Supreme Court Certified family law mediator and a qualified parenting coordinator helping clients through divorce, separation, paternity and related matters. For help with divorce, custody or other family law needs in Hillsborough County and surrounding areas, contact the Tampa family lawyers at Faulkner Law Group in Tampa at 813-544-3919.

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