West Palm Beach Family Attorney
Family law matters, including divorce, child custody, and paternity, are difficult for everyone involved. Mental and emotional stress weigh heavily, and you may feel hopeless, angry, and like you’ve failed yourself and your loved ones. As experienced West Palm Beach family attorneys, let us assure you that your life is not over; it is changing, and many of our clients’ lives change for the better once their family law issues are resolved. At Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A., we have significant experience assisting West Palm Beach families with all their legal needs. In family law matters, we are the problem solvers—whether you are facing a divorce, need to renegotiate child support payments, or whatever the case may be, our firm will help you achieve a positive outcome.
Our Family Law Practice
Our family law practice encompasses all areas where Florida law and family relationships overlap. Generally, this realm is not a desirable place to be, but a knowledgeable and compassionate family law attorney can help immensely. Bruce S. Rosenwater, P.A. represents clients in the following family law matters.
Divorce – Whether you’ve been considering divorce for a long time or your marriage has unraveled quickly, it’s never easy. We handle both uncontested and contested divorce cases in Palm Beach County.
Child Custody – Legal matters involving children are a special concern for parents who are worried about what will come of their family situation. We handle child custody issues with the utmost sensitivity.
Child Support – Child support is a family law issue you may need to grapple with during the divorce process and beyond if financial situations change, or if you had a child with someone you didn’t marry.
Alimony – There may be an unbalanced financial situation between divorcing spouses so that one spouse requires alimony during and/or after the divorce process. We help clients achieve fair alimony arrangements.
Property Division – Upon divorce, you must divide up the property you acquired during your marriage. This can be difficult, as both spouses may feel they’re entitled to certain assets.
Enforcement, Modifications & Relocation – Big changes can happen in life, long after your divorce is final, such as getting or losing a job, moving, and remarrying. We help clients enforce and modify court orders.
Paternity – For unmarried parents, paternity is important for establishing parental rights and responsibilities. We help clients handle paternity matters, so legal status appropriately reflects biological status.
Adoptions – Adoption is a very rewarding—but complex—process that requires the help of an experienced Florida adoption lawyer. We provide strong and insightful legal guidance so your adoption goes smoothly.
Pre & Post-Marital Agreements – We help create, enforce, and dispute premarital agreements (prenups) and post-marital agreements, with the goal of protecting our clients’ rights and interests.
How Can a West Palm Beach Family Law Attorney Help Me?
Family law is deeply personal and highly emotional. While dealing with a family law concern, it may be difficult to think straight and act in your own best interests. At Bruce S. Rosenwater, P.A., our first and foremost concern is your well-being. Hiring our firm offers the peace of mind that comes with knowing your situation is in the capable hands of true family law professionals. We’ll represent you with the respect and dignity you deserve, and you’ll never feel like we’re putting our priorities aside to help you. We will always put you first and act with your best interests at heart, even—and especially—when you have difficulty doing so.
Florida Family Law FAQs
At Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A., we provide strong, compassionate legal representation through a divorce and all its accompanying issues, including child custody, child support, alimony, and property division. Our West Palm Beach family law attorneys also assist clients in obtaining court order modifications, pursuing enforcement, and relocation matters. Florida laws affecting family relationships are not always straightforward and may not always seem fair, but the guidance of an experienced family law attorney can help you understand and protect your legal rights. Read on for some answers to frequently asked family law questions, and contact our West Palm Beach office to discuss your specific concerns.
How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced in Florida?
How long it takes to get divorced in Florida primarily depends on the nature of your divorce. For an uncontested divorce, where the divorcing spouses have reached an agreement on child custody, child support, alimony, and property division, the divorce may be finalized in a matter of weeks. Likewise, if you qualify for a simplified divorce—no children, no alimony—you have a 20-day waiting period between filing the divorce petition and a hearing where the court will officially dissolve the marriage. When a divorce is contested, the process takes longer because it will be up to the court to decide issues like child custody, alimony, and property division. Also, the court may require mediation and/or parenting courses before finalizing the divorce. So, a contested divorce generally takes anywhere from a few months to more than a year.
Can I Relocate If I Share Custody of My Children with My Ex?
Moving can create issues for an existing child custody arrangement and must be handled appropriately under Florida law to avoid violating court orders related to your parenting plan. Florida law defines a relocation as a parent moving 50 miles or more from the current residence, for 60 days or more. When one parent is going to make such a move, the parents may enter into a written relocation agreement that provides the terms of the move and new child custody arrangements. The agreement must show that both parents agree to the relocation, set forth a time-sharing schedule for the non-relocating parent, and state how the parents will handle transportation of the child for the visitation periods.
When parents haven’t agreed on a relocation, the parent wanting to move must file a petition to relocate with the court and serve it on the other parent. After the non-relocating parent is served with this notice, he or she has 20 days to file a response. If the non-relocating parent does not respond, the court may grant the relocation request without a hearing. If a parent moves without getting court approval, a judge may find that parent in contempt of court and order the parent to return the child, pay the other parent’s attorney’s fees, and/or modify the custody arrangement in favor of the other parent. With all these possible scenarios and potential outcomes on the table, it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced Florida family law attorney if you desire to move and share custody with your child’s other parent.
Contact Our Experienced West Palm Beach Family Attorneys Today
Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A. provides West Palm Beach families with experienced, compassionate legal representation. We understand the need for heightened sensitivity when dealing with complicated family dynamics and emotionally charged subjects. At the same time, we are aggressive advocates whose goal is to bring you the best result possible. If you are looking for high-quality family law representation in West Palm Beach, call today and learn more about what our firm can do for you.