Ft Lauderdale Contested Divorce Attorney
Contested Divorce Lawyer – Board Certified Specialists
Marriages involving hidden assets or the business division of a family-held company can complicate a divorce and make resolving matters more contentious. A contested divorce can also take a heavy emotional toll, especially on children. Divorce in court should always be used as a last resort.
When you do need aggressive representation in order to protect your rights in a contested divorce, our goal as your experienced Florida divorce attorney is to help you achieve a fair and just divorce settlement.
Curtis R. Cowan, P.A. represents men and women throughout Broward County, we are Board-Certified as a marital and family law attorneys based in Fort Lauderdale. We provide aggressive representation centered on your legal goals in a contentious divorce. Call our office at (954) 953-2575 to discuss protect your best interests.
As seasoned family lawyers, we have the experience to fully represent you in a contested divorce trial. We will fight hard on your behalf for such critical concerns as:
- Custody, parenting plans and timesharing: The courts are likely to assign a family services investigator, guardian ad litem, parenting coordinator, or a combination depending on your circumstances. While an added expense, this can save problems in the end because they have a neutral perspective. Courts look for the parent that can foster a close and loving relationship with the other parent. Unless it can be proven your spouse is unfit – difficult to do in most cases, we must approach custody carefully in order to achieve your objectives.
- Child Support: Determining whether one spouse pays child support and how much, is a more predictable issue. Based on well-established guidelines, the court has the discretion to deviate by as much as five percent, but they must give good reasons. Support is determined according to actual incomes, not what a spouse may claim for tax purposes. Courts can establish trust funds that benefit a child and not an ex-spouse. Your options vary and we can help you find strategies to meet your objectives.
- Alimony: Spousal support is the most unpredictable issue. The court uses up to eight factors concerning the needs and ability to pay alimony, including the duration of the marriage, age and physical health, education, current incomes, existing financial resources, contributions to the marriage, and the established standard of living in the marriage. It is important for unemployed spouses to be prepared for the possibility they may have to go to work.
- Property Division: Contested or not, dividing property in a divorce is not about being equal so much as being equitable. We consult with forensic accountants to ensure all available assets from pensions and investments to real estate and business interests are properly identified, valued and distributed under the law.
Contact our Fort Lauderdale Family Law Office Today
Contact us online to discuss your Broward County contested divorce. We strive to be accessible to clients and to address your concerns from beginning to end. To schedule your reduced-rate initial consultation, call our office at (954) 953-2575.