Tampa Divorce Attorney
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Attorney Howard Iken is the founding attorney in the firm. Howard is one of our attorneys practicing divorce law in our Tampa Florida office. His divorce caseload is primarily in Tampa although Howard occasionally takes cases in other areas adjacent to Hillsborough County.
Tampa Divorce Attorney Alberto Ayo is a partner of the firm and concentrates on the Tampa Florida area. Mr. Ayo assists clients with complex financial cases and enjoys the challenge of trial. Mr. Ayo also speaks spanish fluently and is available to help spanish speaking clients.
Attorney Kristal Knox covers Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Ms. Knox is a frequent practitioner in contested child custody cases and Tampa divorce cases. She has an excellent relationship with her clients and can be counted on to aggressively pursue her client’s goals.
According to Attorney Iken, the things your should look for when selecting a divorce lawyer in Tampa are:
- A commitment to divorce and custody law
- Access to resources of a law firm devoted to divorce divorce and custody law
- Conveniently located offices through Tampa
- Honesty – to tell you the things you may not like
- The understanding that divorce is a critical event in your life
Our firm is committed to these principles and looks forward to giving you a hard-hitting, bare bones – honest consultation that tells you everything you need to know. Some of the things we say may scare away potential business. But we don’t believe the consultation should be a “sales call.” You walk away with all the critical information you need to make decisions about your Tampa divorce. You also leave armed with enough knowledge to intelligently hire a Tampa divorce lawyer.
Divorce, custody, and paternity cases in Tampa are slightly different than any other area. In the Tampa courts the judges tend to require Case Management Conferences – CMC, a special type of short hearing. When a new Tampa divorce case is filed, the clerk of court automatically schedules a CMC approximately 45 to 60 days in the future. Both clients and attorneys must show up at the CMC. The hearing is approximately 5 to 10 minutes long and is a way for the judge to get an initial look at what will be involved.
During a CMC the judge may encourage both sides to maintain the status quo, order mediation, or order both sides to mediation. Usually no major decisions are made at the CMC. At the conclusion of the CMC most judges will require another one to be scheduled. One common mistake made is for one side or the other to not show up. It is essential that you appear with your attorney. Your failure to do so will create a bad impression with the judge for future hearings.
The other unique thing about the Tampa courts is the desire to accelerate the proceedings and push the case to either a resolution or a trial. This changes from judge to judge. Some seem anxious to set a trial date. Others will allow the case to languish for a long time.
Finally, one distinguishing thing about the Tampa courts is that judges tend to rotate between different areas of law. If you start out with one judge and your case lasts a while – chances are a different judge will end up finishing the case.
Hiring a divorce attorney is the most stressful time of your life
You may be thinking of getting a divorce, modifying your divorce judgment, or enforcing your judgment. We can honestly say the next few months will not be the best time in your life. But we can make a difference for you. Your bad situation may become better if you hire the best divorce attorneys for your situation. We can help.
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Seek the Help of a Tampa Divorce Attorney to Navigate Your Divorce
Divorce is a frightening word that can leave individuals feeling as if there is no hope left. While some people try to go through the divorce process alone, this can lead to even greater issues because most people don’t know how to successfully navigate divorce court. Hiring a divorce lawyer in Tampa is often your best option.
The most important requirement you must meet before filing for divorce is the residency requirement. In the state of Florida, you must be a resident of the state for at least six months. This prevents individuals from running from their home state to file immediately in another state, causing problems for their ex-spouse.
Florida, like many other states across the country, is now a no-fault state. This means that individuals can get divorced for any reason. There does not need to be infidelity, abuse or any other major issues that must be proven to move forward with a divorce. As long as one party wants the divorce, it will most likely be granted.
What about Fault Cases?
While a fault is not required to file for divorce, a divorce lawyer in Tampa can utilize any faults that existed in your marriage to give you leverage in other areas. For instance, if there was infidelity or severe abuse in your marriage, you may be entitled to a larger share of marital assets as compensation. Drug or alcohol abuse can play a factor in child custody. However, it is extremely important to realize that you must be able to prove your allegations.
If you are facing the possibility of divorce, consulting with a Tampa Divorce Attorney can help you feel more confident. Divorce cases do not have to be as complicated as they sound. With a solid understanding of the types of divorce, as well as residency restrictions, you will be better prepared for your case.
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