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Pre-marital or Prenuptial Agreements

In many instances prenuptial agreements are synonymous with “premarital” law. Coming to the decision about whether to utilize a prenuptial agreement or not is an extremely personal decision. Premarital or prenuptial agreements are useful for establishing protection for both parties especially for assets or liabilities that exist prior to the marriage. They are supportive for estate planning purposes and detailing financial boundaries in the event of a divorce. The use of this type of agreement can save parties hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation and other fees.

Some couples decide to address these types of arrangements after they marry – this is called a “post-nuptial” agreement. These agreements can achieve the same objectives as a pre-nuptial agreement but are many times easier to discuss as the “big day” is behind the couple.

If your plans are not yet (or ever) toward marriage, but you are considering cohabiting or sharing space, a domestic partnership agreement is an outstanding solution for addressing the same goals found in prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. These types of agreements are frequently used by couples of any gender as well as roommates, joint property owners, and other “non-marital” arrangements.

Trying to address financial, personal, “end of life”, and other life experiences can be daunting. Let the members of Hudson Family Law detail the law and facts that may govern your particular situation so that you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed.

Marital Law

Most of the marital law cases handled by Hudson Family Law revolve around divorce. The responsibility of Florida’s Family Courts is to ascertain the legal and equitable issues involved in divorcing the parties, determine appropriate awards of time sharing and child support if there are children, and fairly divide all marital assets and liabilities. Sometimes alimony and spousal support are also issues.

It is the goal of this Firm to provide its clients with an objective view of the facts, create comprehensive strategies that incorporate the reasonable goals and appropriate concerns of the client, and ethically utilize all aspects of Florida law in litigating their matter. Ultimately, it is the Firm’s desire to empower each client to envision the success of living life well after divorce.

Protecting Children

Protecting children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse should be the primary concern of every adult in the State of Florida. It is critical that any serious suspicion regarding alleged child abuse be investigated by appropriate professionals immediately. Corresponding medical or psychological evidence confirming the parent’s suspicions is necessary in most instances. Contacting a qualified attorney to discuss these issues and to file the appropriate pleadings in a timely manner is paramount to the success or defense of these cases.

Most incidents of reported sexual or physical abuse will require the immediate intervention of state agencies including the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF), state and local law enforcement agencies, and other state appointed personnel. Upon receiving a report of abuse, state agencies may intervene and remove the child from the parent’s home within twenty-four hours. These cases may carry criminal and other charges against the parents and could result in fines, imprisonment, or termination of the rights of the parent(s) to the abused child.

In the event that allegations are made which result in court intervention, please contact us immediately so that we may best assist you.

Protecting children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse should be the primary concern of every adult in the State of Florida. It is critical that any serious suspicion regarding alleged child abuse be investigated by appropriate professionals immediately. Corresponding medical or psychological evidence confirming the parent’s suspicions is necessary in most instances. Contacting a qualified attorney to discuss these issues and to file the appropriate pleadings in a timely manner is paramount to the success or defense of these cases.

Most incidents of reported sexual or physical abuse will require the immediate intervention of state agencies including the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF), state and local law enforcement agencies, and other state appointed personnel. Upon receiving a report of abuse, state agencies may intervene and remove the child from the parent’s home within twenty-four hours. These cases may carry criminal and other charges against the parents and could result in fines, imprisonment, or termination of the rights of the parent(s) to the abused child.

In the event that allegations are made which result in court intervention, please contact us immediately so that we may best assist you.

Paternity

Paternity involves the determination of the natural father of a child where the parties are not legally married at the time of the birth of the child. The relationship of the mother to the child is always presumed.

It is not uncommon today for people to live together without the formality of marriage. In this instance, request for child support or other relief by one parent from the other requires the determination of paternity. Without filing appropriate court pleadings, the natural father has no legal right to time sharing, decision making, or involvement in the child’s life. Likewise, the natural mother is not entitled to child support or any other level of financial assistance for the child from the natural father unless she files appropriate proceedings. Either the father or mother may pursue an order establishing paternity of the child. In most instances, DNA testing will be required to ascertain the truth.

Establishing or determining paternity can be a complex legal and difficult emotional process. Call us today for a consultation to discuss your rights and available options.

After a Divorce

After a divorce judgment or support order is entered, from time to time parties may need to return to court for the Judge to address a change in the circumstances of the parties or enforce the orders previously entered. Parties with young children may need to address the changing needs of the child or children, increases or decreases in the income of either party which would lead to a change in child support, requests for time sharing changes, or changes necessitating an adjustment to alimony.

As in the underlying proceedings, there are complex issues of law and fact which must be addressed during the case so that the Judge has all of the appropriate facts in order to make a decision that conforms with the Law. Finding a qualified, experienced attorney to help is very important.

At Hudson Family Law we are prepared to discuss your concerns and work toward providing solutions that incorporate all aspects of your unique situation. For more information, please contact us to arrange a consultation.

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