Whether you’re thinking about getting divorced, want to revise financial support agreements, or need help getting a restraining order against an abusive spouse, a family law attorney in Orlando, FL can help. At McMichen, Cinami & Demps, we have more than 50 years of collective experience handling complex family law matters in Orlando.
Our compassionate family law attorneys know how challenging and overwhelming family law cases can be. We also have a Board Certified Family Law Specialist in our team, which is a huge resource to have on your side. Let us help you navigate this difficult time and fight to get you the best possible results for you and your loved ones. We offer a free initial case assessment, so don’t hesitate to give our Orlando law office a call to arrange yours today.
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Why Should I Hire a Family Law Attorney in Orlando?
You Need and Deserve Support
Family law cases are particularly challenging. You’re at odds with someone who is supposed to be on your side. Tensions tend to run high. It doesn’t matter if you’re getting a divorce, trying to negotiate child support, or attempting to establish (or contest) paternity – it’s easy to get lost in a sea of emotions when you’re trying to navigate a family law matter.
Emotions can cloud your ability to think clearly and critically. They can keep you from getting the end results you need. By enlisting the help of our qualified and compassionate family law attorneys in Orlando, you can take a step back. Our attorneys will handle the ins and outs of your legal case. We’ll speak with other parties and/or their attorneys. We’ll help you navigate this challenging time, identify what you want to get out of your case, and work tirelessly to make that happen.
Decades of Experience Handling Complex Family Law Matters
There are thousands of attorneys and law firms in Orlando, Florida. Some will accept any case that walks through the door – regardless of what kind of case it is. When you’re faced with a family law matter, there’s simply too much at stake to hire just any attorney out there. You deserve to work with someone who has demonstrated experience and a track record of success handling family law cases like yours.
At McMichen, Cinami & Demps, we exclusively represent clients in family law matters. This means that we have an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of Florida family law, rules, and procedures. We know the courts and court system inside and out. Collectively, our attorneys have spent more than 50 years navigating the complexities of family law issues. When you enlist our law firm for help, this can all work in your favor.
You Need to Be Prepared If Your Case Goes to Court
It’s entirely possible for parties involved in a family law case to be in agreement. However, more often than not, parties don’t see eye to eye. Unless you can get on the same page, there’s a good chance that your family law case will end up in court, face-to-face with a judge. This is definitely a time when you’ll want to have an attorney by your side.
At McMichen, Cinami & Demps, our team will work hard to resolve your family dispute outside of the courtroom. We’ll embrace mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques. However, we won’t settle or give up if your spouse or partner refuses to budge. We have logged countless hours in the family law courts in Florida. We know how the system works and which strategies prove most effective. If there’s a need for a hearing or if your case goes before a judge, we’ll be more than prepared to advocate for you and what you want.
We Handle All Family Law Cases in Orlando
Family law refers to cases that deal with family relationships and domestic disputes. At McMichen, Cinami & Demps, our attorneys represent clients in all family law matters in Orlando, including:
At McMichen, Cinami & Demps, our team is family. Let our family help yours during this very difficult and trying time. All you have to do to get started is connect with us online or call our Orlando law firm to arrange a free consultation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Your Family Law Case
At McMichen, Cinami & Demps, our attorneys appreciate the toll a divorce, child custody, or paternity dispute can take. We also know that things can get a lot more stressful, expensive, and time-consuming when you’re forced to take your matter to court. Fortunately, there are tools available to help you and your spouse, partner, or other party figure things out privately. While our attorneys will always be prepared to take your fight to court, we have decades of experience getting positive results for clients using the following tools.
Mediation involves sitting down with a neutral third party to hash out the details of a divorce. Many times, mediation is actually required as part of the divorce process when spouses can’t see eye-to-eye. The mediator helps you and your spouse identify common ground and move toward a mutually-agreeable resolution. However, the mediator has no authority to decide the terms for you. You have complete control over the process.
Think of arbitration as a condensed version of a bench trial. When you and your spouse can’t agree on the terms of an issue relevant to your divorce (e.g., how property is divided, who gets custody of the kids, financial support obligations), you can argue your dispute before a neutral third party known as an arbitrator.
Basically, you and your spouse (and your family lawyers) will have the opportunity to tell your side of the story, present evidence, and even examine witnesses. The arbitrator will consider everything they hear and make a decision. Unlike mediation, however, the decision is final and binding. You don’t have control over the outcome. However, this process tends to be faster and less expensive than full-out litigation in court.
Sometimes it’s just less stressful, less time-consuming, and less expensive to stay out of court. If that’s your goal, you and your spouse can commit to a collaborative divorce process. Essentially, you agree to work out your divorce privately with the aid of your collaborative divorce lawyers. You both agree to keep the dispute out of court.
This way, you are both on the same page about sitting down and negotiating terms privately. If you or your spouse break the agreement and involve the court, the entire process has to start from scratch. That includes hiring an entirely new legal team.
Our Orlando family law attorneys can help you identify which tactic might be most beneficial to your particular case. Give us a call or connect with us online to learn more.
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Sometimes spouses will have a fairly straightforward, amicable divorce. If you and your spouse agree on all of the terms of your split – custody, financial support, property division – you’ll have what’s known as an uncontested divorce. While this is a process that you could navigate on your own, it is always best to get the advice and counsel of an experienced divorce attorney.
Our attorneys will help to ensure that your rights are fully protected, the terms of your divorce are fair, and that you satisfy all of Florida’s divorce rules and procedures. Even a minor misstep could end up costing you significant time and money.
Divorce is an inherently divisive process. Two lives are going their separate ways. So, it’s not uncommon for spouses to have differences of opinion during the process. When you and your spouse don’t agree on one or more of the terms of your divorce, you’ll have what’s known as a contested divorce. Contested divorces tend to be more expensive and take longer from start to finish. Getting an attorney involved is often essential in getting the results that are best for you and your family.
Our Orlando divorce lawyers are here to provide support and guidance throughout the process. We’ll take care of the paperwork, lead negotiations and conversations with your spouse and their attorney, and advocate to secure the outcomes you want.
Since 2015, same-sex marriage has been legal in all 50 states across the country, including Florida. With the right to get married, comes the right to get divorced. And, just like heterosexual couples, many LGBT couples find that their relationship just doesn’t last the test of time. However, laws are still racing to catch up with the times. So, while same-sex couples can get a divorce, the process is often much more involved and challenging. This is particularly true when there are children involved.
Our Orlando family law team keeps a finger on the pulse of LGBT divorce laws in the state of Florida. We will help you surpass any obstacles that might be thrown your way and work hard to do what’s best for you and your family.
Divorce can be particularly challenging for children. Their parents are splitting up, and now they’ll have to adjust to a new life. However, before a divorce can be finalized, the parents have to agree on a child custody arrangement. Navigating these discussions is often difficult, especially when a divorce is particularly contentious.
Our compassionate attorneys are here to help guide you through this very difficult time. We’ll sit down with you and listen to what kind of arrangement you think is best for your kid(s). Then, we’ll work out a plan to negotiate terms that are as close to your wishes as possible. If the child’s other parent is resistant, we’ll turn to alternative dispute resolution techniques – such as mediation or arbitration. However, we’ll always have one goal in mind – doing what’s best for your child.
As a parent, you always have an obligation to take care of your children. This includes supporting them financially, whether or not you and the child’s other parent live together. Many times, child support is a necessary part of an Orlando divorce case. It’s ordered to ensure that children are able to maintain the standard of living they enjoyed before their parents split up.
Sometimes spouses can agree on an amount for child support. Other times, a judge has to intervene and calculate a figure that’s fair, based on a number of factors, such as income, custody, and the cost of care. Either way, it’s best to have an experienced attorney on your side. Our family law lawyers in Orlando will make sure that all of the factors are presented in full and that all information is on the table as a child support decision is made. That’s the only way to ensure that your kids are really taken care of after a divorce.
Many times, spouses don’t have the same income. Many don’t have the same earning power. During a marriage, this doesn’t usually matter all that much. Things even out, as the lesser-earning spouse often contributes in many other valuable ways (e.g., raising a family, supporting the other spouse emotionally). When the couple divorces, however, they might find themselves on unequal footing, financially speaking. Alimony, or spousal support, can help to fill this gap.
Whether you want to receive spousal support after a divorce or need to challenge a request, our lawyers will step in and help. We’ll gather the relevant documentation, handle court filings, and attempt to negotiate a fair outcome outside of the courtroom. If necessary, we’ll be prepared to argue your side of the story in front of a judge.
When you get a divorce, your assets and debts will be subject to division. Unless you have a standing agreement about who gets what, Florida property division law will apply. Florida is an equitable division state. This means that property is divided based on what’s fair, not necessarily what’s equal. So, it is often in your best interest to negotiate a property division agreement privately before a court has to get involved. This can allow you to maintain some control over the situation. Once a judge intervenes, things will be out of your hands.
Our attorneys have decades of experience negotiating property division agreements. We’ll help you identify the property and assets you’re most interested in keeping, and the ones that you can live without. Then we’ll get to work on making those terms a reality for you.
A prenuptial agreement is a private contract that’s executed between partners before they tie the knot. Basically, the prenup lays out how property will be divided if the couple ends up getting divorced. The prenup – or postnuptial agreement, if it’s executed after the wedding – will supersede Florida property law. So, you have to be certain that the terms are exactly what you want.
Our lawyers can help you fight for what you want and also help to ensure that the terms are lawful and fair. We’ll be there to help you have an open and honest discussion with your spouse-to-be and draw up an agreement that we hope you’ll never have to use.
Domestic violence is a reality for tens of thousands of families in Florida every year. When you’re the victim of domestic violence – or if you’ve been falsely accused – that can have serious repercussions, especially if one party seeks an injunction or restraining order. Our attorneys will help you reveal the truth and protect your family.
It’s fairly easy to know who a child’s biological mother is. However, identifying the father can be more challenging. When a child is born to married parents, the husband is presumed to be the father. Things can become more complicated when the parents are unmarried or if the mother admits to having an affair. Paternity can become a serious issue when child support and/or child custody matters arise.
Whether you need to establish paternity or are interested in contesting it, our attorneys can help. We can file a petition to compel a paternity test and, once the results are in, help you decide how to move forward.
Contact Our Orlando Family Law Attorneys For Help
Are you thinking about getting a divorce? Are you currently in the middle of a divorce but can’t seem to get things done? Do you need to modify a court order that’s related to a prior family law dispute? The Orlando family law attorneys at CD have more than 50 years of experience helping clients just like you. We understand how stressful these cases can be. So, if you need help with a family law dispute, we will be there to help you from start to finish.
You can learn more by calling our central Florida law office to arrange a free consultation. When you sit down with our team, we’ll listen to your side of the story. We’ll provide a brief overview of your rights. We’ll outline your potential legal options. And, of course, we’ll address any questions you might have. Ready to get started? Call us today.