Compassionate Family Law for Clients in the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches
At The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, PA, we understand and appreciate the concerns and sensitivity related to family law issues in the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches. Our clients’ issues are often very personal and emotional. While we provide aggressive representation, our firm also strives for our clients’ positive long-term goals with compassion. If you need assistance with child custody, child support, a divorce, or another family law issue, we’re here to help you achieve the best possible results.
Areas of Family Law We Handle
The attorneys and staff at The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, PA provide legal services for a variety of family law issues, including:
From a simple dissolution of marriage to more complex divorces, we handle the whole range of divorce cases. Our experience includes resolving child support and custody, businesses, equitable distribution, tangible and intangible assets, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, alimony, and temporary relief cases. Through mediation, hearings, and trials, we represent our client diligently and effectively. We work to ensure our client receives their deserved rights and benefits.
Florida law requires judges to ensure children receive support, which cannot be unilaterally waived by either or both of the parents. Determining factors in the amount of child support include the income of each parent, the number of overnight stays the child has with each parent, and state guidelines.
Marital assets (items of value), and liabilities (debts owed by the parties) are a concern in cases. Florida recognizes marital assets and liabilities, and through the doctrine of equitable distribution, a court is required to assign these assets and debts between each of the parties fairly.
In Florida Law, a “parenting plan” is required to determine the amount of time a child stays with each of their parents. This plan is a form that’s drafted to set out the times that a child will spend with each parent. This can include school vacations, holidays, and other events or occasions. For parents who live far apart from each other, the plan can also include an agreed upon location to exchange the child, as well as who covers traveling expenses.
Florida law recognizes and respects your rights as a parent, even if you’re not a full-time parent. Through “parental responsibility,” it’s expected that both parents consult with one another on any decisions regarding a child’s upbringing. This includes religious training, choice of schooling, medical care, and more. Judges typically begin with an equal voice for each parent, known as “shared parental responsibility.” It is lawfully possible to get “sole parental responsibility,” but it requires both parents to agree to it or demonstrate to a judge that it’s in the child’s best interest.
Either spouse can request alimony in Florida, which can vary by type and is contingent on the intended purpose. It can help with education and other expenses, maintain a certain lifestyle for one of the parties, or assist in a temporary situation. If alimony is not requested at the beginning of a case, it can be waived.
Whether they’re married or not, both parents are obligated to support their children. A mother can use a paternity case to establish her child’s legal father. The father usually agrees to his role or takes a DNA test. Support and timesharing, or visitation, are determined once parenthood has been established. This is the situation in all Florida family law cases.
Florida laws surrounding adoption are complex, and they involve radically different requirements that depend on what type of adoption it is and any circumstances surrounding each individual situation. While adoption should be a joyful and exciting endeavor, it can also be very confusing to the point of making the process overly stressful and overwhelming. It’s crucial that you obtain an experienced adoption attorney who can guide you through any type of adoption process proficiently. The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, PA will provide you thorough and accurate information on the variety of adoption types, which is the best for you, and guide you through the whole process.