Your Local Brandon-Area Divorce Team
Any divorce – whether uncontested or contested – is stressful. A divorce means that your life will change significantly. We humans are programmed to resist, and even avoid, change. Working with an experienced Florida divorce lawyer can provide the legal guidance and personal support you need to move more smoothly through this time.
During a divorce, there are many decisions that need to be made. In some cases, the options can feel overwhelming. At Quinn & Lynch, P.A., our team provides you with the information you need to make choices that align with your goals. As a small firm, we work with a limited number of clients to assure one-on-one attention to each and every issue in each and every case.
Superior, Personal Care And Representation For Your Divorce
Our mission is to provide you with personalized care, agile negotiation and aggressive representation in court. Our attorney team – Mary Elizabeth Quinn and Kathryn Ashley Lynch – has over 35 years of combined knowledge and experience in Florida family law and divorce. We believe once you understand what the law provides, you can better understand what is both available and guaranteed to you. So, we explain the process and the statutes in clear, easy-to-understand language.
We know that you are not an attorney and that “legalese” is complex, off-putting and not readily understood by most people. We take the time to ensure that what is happening and what will happen are both clear to you.
Assistance With Many Facets Of Divorce
Based on your goals, we will work with you to determine your best path: collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce or traditional divorce litigation in court. We will be with you at each step of the process including:
- Predivorce planning
- Parenting plans, time-sharing, child custody
- Equitable distribution of assets and liabilities
- Alimony issues
- Child support
- Domestic violence injunctions
Our decades of experience mean that we understand the contingencies. We know what will most likely happen and what could happen. We are prepared no matter what happens.
Divorce-Focused And Able To Take On The Most Complex Issues
We have extensive experience with Florida property distribution. Should your divorce involve substantial assets, income and commingled and nonmarital property, we are ready to work to ensure an accurate assessment and an equitable division.
An accurate assessment of a marriage that involves a business may require a financial specialist or expert. We involve these specialists to sort out tax issues and help with structured settlements. When warranted – for example, in cases where there are hidden or obscured assets – we will loop in forensic experts.
Divorce In A No-Fault State
Florida is a no-fault divorce state. Here there are two grounds for divorce:
- Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
- Mental incapacity for three years of one spouse prior to filing the divorce petition
In a no-fault divorce, spouses do not have to prove the other spouse was at fault to pursue a divorce. No-fault divorces are usually more amicable and more readily resolved. Florida residency requirements include that one of the spouses live in Florida for six months prior to filing. You can file with the county. If you live in one county and your spouse lives in another, you can file in either county.
Is Your Divorce Contested Or Uncontested?
An uncontested divorce happens when you and the other parent are able to agree and successfully resolve issues relating to:
- Your children
- Where they will live
- What visitation/time-sharing will look like
- Who will pay child support and how much will be paid
- If there will be alimony and how much
- How much the marital property is worth
- How the marital property will be divided
These divorces generally move forward at a faster pace and have a shorter turnaround time.
A contested divorce happens when you and your spouse do not agree on one or more of the listed items. If you cannot agree and are unable to negotiate, then it’s very likely you will need to go to court. As attorneys with extensive trial experience, we are prepared for this.
When Your Divorce Involves Children
We always look to the best interest of your child or children when proposing parenting time and custody. It requires taking a balanced look at what is doable and reasonable. What is best for your child is at the heart of every decision you make, and we keep this in mind throughout the process. We also know that parents want to provide for their children and create a safe home. After hundreds of successful cases, we have the skill and know-how to resolve these matters.