The Florida law firm of Thompson, Evangelo & Kelly, P.A., offers divorce and family law services to individuals and families in Lake County and the surrounding areas. Mary Beth Kelly is our family law attorney. Mary Beth provides focused, compassionate, honest and effective legal advice.
If you are involved in a divorce or other family law matter, you may feel very uncertain about the future. Mount Dora divorce lawyer Mary Beth Kelly can devise a strategy that, once legal proceedings are complete, sets you on a positive path toward your future. To schedule your consultation with divorce attorney Mary Beth Kelly at Thompson, Evangelo & Kelly, P.A., please call 321-594-6996.
Family Law Services
- Divorce: No matter which party files the actual divorce papers, ending a marriage is stressful on everyone concerned. During this time, you want an experienced attorney by your side. You want an attorney who zealously represents your interests, yet remembers the compassion and respect you deserve. Our law firm strives to instill a sense of calm and confidence in our clients by vigorously protecting their rights and exhibiting extensive knowledge of divorce law.
- Property division: Florida is one of 39 states to divide marital property, debts and assets, by equitable distribution. Division between the parties begins equally, but this is just the starting point. The actual division of marital property can be extremely complicated, and can result in unnecessary anxiety and uncertainty. We have the capacity to handle highly complex property division. From correctly identifying and categorizing the assets, to ensuring our clients receive a fair division, our law firm stands with our clients.
- Child support: When children are involved in a divorce, both parents share the responsibility of giving the children the love and attention they deserve, not only to survive the divorce, but to succeed in life. This remains true for financial obligations, as well. Child support due the non-residential parent is determined after child custody, division of property, and alimony are determined. Florida child support is calculated pursuant to statute, and the Court determines the amount based on a ratio of the combined incomes of both parents. Whatever situation you are in, we will ensure that the child support amount is fair and was determined pursuant to Florida law.
- Parenting plan: Florida law now supports a "parenting plan" over one parent having primary custody and the other entitled to visitation. The purpose of a parenting plan is to promote co-parenting, rather than levels of custody. The parents will either decide on a plan, or the Court will impose one. Either way, the standard is the best interest of the child(ren). We are familiar with Florida law, and will be there to assist you as you make these important decisions in preparation of your parenting plan.
- Child custody and visitation: We also handle temporary and permanent custody issues, as well as modification and enforcement.
- Spousal support: Alimony is not determined by statute, and there is no guideline worksheet. Alimony is not always agreed to and/or awarded. Instead, alimony is determined by the need of one party and the ability to pay by the other. There are many factors considered in calculating alimony, including the length of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, earning potential of both parties, contribution of each party to the marriage, and the financial status of each party. Alimony can be temporary, paid in a lump sum, or received periodically. The parties can agree to an amount, or if they cannot agree, the Court will make the decision based on facts presented. Making these financial decisions can be a contentious time during the divorce proceeding, and you want a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney on your side. We will be there to assist and advise you of the law so you will be in a position to make educated financial decisions.
- Prenuptial agreements: A premarital or prenuptial agreement can protect your property rights in the event you and your spouse get divorced. People who marry later in life, people who are entering into a second marriage and people who have significant property and assets are just several of the types of clients we represent.
Contact Our Mount Dora Divorce Attorney
For legal guidance that is timely, effective and successful, talk to divorce attorney Mary Beth Kelly. You may call Thompson, Evangelo & Kelly, P.A., locally at 321-594-6996 or toll free at 800-489-9571. You may also contact us online.