Family Law FAQ

One of the toughest parts of going through a divorce or family law issue is not knowing what is going to happen. Unanswered questions can lead to many stressful days and sleepless nights. If you choose to work with an experienced attorney who understands the law and knows how these cases unfold in the courtrooms in and around Destin, you can get answers to your questions and have realistic expectations about the outcome of your case.

At Wood & Associates, we take great care to educate the people we represent about all aspects of family law that apply to their cases. We have been handling these matters for more than 10 years, and are ready to give you the benefit of our knowledge and experience.

Who Gets The Kids In A Divorce?

Florida law is dedicated to doing what is in the best interest of the child. In most cases, that means creating child custody (also known as time sharing) arrangements that allow the child to have a continued relationship with each parent. While each parent may not spend equal time with the child, each parent should play an active role in the child's upbringing.

Who Gets The Property In A Divorce?

In Florida, property is to be divided equitably. Equitable means fair. Fair does not always mean equal. While a 50-50 division of property is a good starting point, the balance may be shifted based on a number of factors that should be taken into consideration. These factors include the age, income level and earning capacity of each spouse.

How Long Does A Divorce Take?

The divorce timeframe will depend on whether you and your spouse can reach agreements. An uncontested divorce, which is a divorce in which there are no issues in dispute, might be finalized in a month or so with the help of an efficient lawyer. If there are disputes over property division, child custody or any other issue, extra time will be needed. Are you and your spouse able to negotiate an outcome? If not, and the case must be taken to trial, it is possible for the process to take up to a year or more, depending on how taxed the courts are.

Will My Case Go To Trial?

Most divorce and family law cases do not go to trial. With a skilled attorney on your side, you may be able to resolve disputes without the need for a battle in court. In fact, trial should be avoided if possible, because it takes the decision-making power out of your hands and puts them in the hands of a judge who has never met you before. However, you should choose an attorney who is competitive and willing to fight, one who has spent time in the courtroom and understands how to argue in front of a judge, in case trial becomes necessary.

How Much Will It Cost?

There are fees involved in divorce and family law cases that are standard, but much of the cost depends on the lawyer you choose. At our law firm, we put a lot of care into making certain our clients feel they are receiving effective representation at a fair price. We are clear and upfront about our fees and billing methods, and some services are available on a flat-fee basis. We do not over bill, and we are not motivated to run up the bill. We are motivated to get you through this emotional process so you can move on with your life.

Do I Need An Attorney?

Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide whether you need an attorney. Family law is complex. There are many nuances, not only in the law books, but in terms of how the law is practiced in the courtroom on a daily basis. Without knowledge of those nuances, you run the risk of making errors that could cost you time and money, and possibly worse yet you may miss opportunities that would have led to a more positive outcome.

We want you to make the choice that is right for you, but we want you to make an informed decision. That is why we offer free consultations. A free consultation is your opportunity to talk to us about your case and find out how we can help. If you think we are a fit for your case, we can move forward, but there is no obligation.

To find out more, email us or call 850-502-8978.