Family Law Practice Areas

Divorce

In Florida a divorce is referred to in the law as a dissolution of marriage. Florida is a no-fault state, which, in general, means that it does not matter whose fault it is that the marriage is being dissolved and it is not necessary to prove grounds in order for the court to dissolve the marriage. In most cases all that must be proven is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Learn More

Paternity

A paternity action is filed to address the rights and obligations regarding minor children of unmarried parents. Even when the paternity (fatherhood) of a child is not in dispute, a paternity action can be filed to address all other issues with respect to the child(ren). If the paternity (fatherhood) of a child is in dispute, DNA paternity testing will be ordered by the court, if not agreed to by the parties. Learn More

Child Support

In Florida, child support is determined under the child support guidelines, which set out a formula for calculating the presumed amount of child support to be paid. Learn More

Alimony

In a Florida proceeding for dissolution of marriage, the court may grant alimony to either party. The types of alimony which may be awarded include: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, lump sum, and/or permanent alimony. The court may grant one form of alimony or any combination of these forms of alimony. Learn More

Parenting Plans

Florida law requires the creation of a Parenting Plan for all children subject to a dissolution of marriage (divorce) action. Parenting Plans address the details of how the parents will share in the decision-making responsibilities for both major decisions and the day-to-day tasks involved in raising children. Parenting Plans also articulate the regular, holiday and break schedules for the time the children will spend with each parent. Learn More

Timesharing (Custody)

A timesharing schedule is set forth in the parenting plan to provide for a specific schedule of time that the children will spend with each parent.  Typically the timesharing schedule specifically states which overnight periods will be spent with each parent and provides for specific times for exchanging the children.  The schedule also addresses the time that each parent will spend with the children on holidays and special occasions.  Learn More

Temporary Custody by Extended Family Member

Temporary custody allows a person to act as the parent of a child who lives with him or her and his not his or her child. In order to petition for temporary custody, you must be an adult or emancipated minor and you must also be an extended family member or step-parent of the child for which you are requesting temporary custody over. Learn More

Equitable Distribution

The issue of equitable distribution deals with dividing assets and debts between the parties in a dissolution of marriage (divorce) action. The court shall begin with the premise that the distribution shall be equal, unless unequal distribution can be justified based on all relevant factors. Learn More

Marital Settlement Agreements

When parties to a dissolution of marriage (divorce) action settle the issues of their case they will need to enter into what is typically called a Marital Settlement Agreement.  If the parties have minor children, the Marital Settlement Agreement can include a Parenting Plan addressing the issues related to the minor children or the Parenting Plan can be a separate agreement. Learn More

Paternity (Unmarried Parents)

A paternity action is filed to address the rights and obligations regarding minor children of unmarried parents. Even when the paternity (fatherhood) of a child is not in dispute, a paternity action can be filed to address all other issues with respect to the child(ren). If the paternity (fatherhood) of a child is in dispute, DNA paternity testing will be ordered by the court, if not agreed to by the parties. Learn More

Termination of Parental Rights

Termination of parental rights may be voluntary or involuntary. In Florida, parental rights can be terminated in several situations defined by state law. Learn More

Family Law Trials and Hearings

At Trader Legal, our attorneys represent our family law clients in hearings and trials. Give us a call today at (321) 723-6731 for more information or to schedule a consultation. Learn More

FAMILY LAW MEDIATION

Rudi Trader is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. He has practiced law as an attorney handling family law cases for over thirty years. His extensive experience in handling family law cases makes him uniquely qualified to act as a family law mediator and help the parties get their case resolved without the expense, aggravation and uncertainty of a contested trial or hearing. Rudi is available to mediate family law cases prior to the case being filed with the court or after the case has already been filed.

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Juvenile Dependency

Juvenile dependency actions are filed when a parent has been accused of abuse, abandonment, or neglect of a minor child. Although dependency actions can be filed by certain individuals, they are usually filed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) of the State of Florida. If you have been accused of abusing, abandoning, or neglecting a minor child in a dependency action, call Trader Legal at (321) 723-6731 for aggressive, experienced, and competent representation.

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