Family First Legal Group is proud to provide premier legal counsel to families in Cape Coral and the surrounding areas. Our team of experienced legal advocates represents clients in a number of cases from divorce to stepparent adoption and prenuptial agreements. We advocate for our clients by providing strategies with their best interests in mind.
When you need dependable, compassionate legal counsel call our Cape Coral family law attorney at (239) 319-4441 and get the support you deserve.
Understanding Family Law
Every family is unique and so are the issues they may face. Family law is a legal practice area focused on resolving these matters. This complex and ever-evolving area of the law includes marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, domestic violence, reproductive rights, and many other matters. Family law attorneys can help individuals navigate these difficult situations and provide advice on how to best protect their rights.
Divorce and Child Custody
Divorce and child custody are some of the most challenging matters families may face. Florida laws have specific guidelines regarding the divorce process and how child custody is determined. In general, divorce may be either contentions or uncontested. Contested divorces involve spouses who cannot reach an amicable resolution without the help of a moderator or the court.
On the other hand, uncontested divorces occur when both parties reach an agreement with little to no conflict. It is important to note that while uncontested divorces are often shorter and less expensive, there is no right or wrong way to file. Consulting with our experienced family law attorney can provide invaluable insight into these cases.
For stepparents that wish to legally adopt their stepchildren, there are various laws in place to assist them throughout the adoption process. The Office of Vital Statistics, part of the Florida Department of Health, is responsible for processing all steps involved in a successful adoption. Potential stepparents must submit paperwork and fees detailing which legal document is tied to the adoption as well as other pertinent information. All documents should be filed in the district where the stepparent resides.
Once approved by the court, official documentation of the change in relationship occurs through a finalized adoption order. To ensure a successful result, it is important that those seeking to adopt their stepchild understand both the legal process and their rights before beginning their proceedings. Our attorney can prove invaluable support during this time if any legal complications arise during the adoption process.
Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
Pre and post-nuptial agreements can provide an optimal legal framework for spouses with significant assets to regulate how those assets will be divided in case of a divorce. This can be especially beneficial for spouses who do not agree about the status of their marriage and eliminate the need for lengthy and costly court proceedings.
In addition, pre and post-nuptial agreements can also help to protect any inheritance or financial gifts that either partner might possess as well as clarify expectations about living arrangements and finances should any disputes arise. Spouses seeking protection must obtain advice from trusted, experienced family law attorneys to ensure they navigate these complex legal issues properly.
Domestic violence is a serious issue some families may face. Not only is domestic violence a criminal offense, but it can also take an emotional toll on families, victims, and those who may have been falsely accused.
Violence of this type occurs between household members including:
- Current or former spouses
- Blood relatives
- Individuals who share a child regardless of marital status
- Those who live together as a family currently or in the past
Domestic violence may also occur in different forms. For example, some cases may involve stalking while others involve sexual assault. It is crucial that victims and individuals accused of domestic violence contact a qualified attorney. A lawyer can keep their client informed while protecting their rights. These charges are very serious and for victims, it may be necessary to petition for a protective order.
A protective order can provide security for victims of domestic violence that is backed by the court. Once a protective order is in place, the person named in the order must abide by the restrictions or face the consequences which include fines and jail time.
After a divorce, the terms established during the proceedings become legally binding. In other words, custody arrangements, financial support, and visitation must proceed according to the divorce settlement. In some cases, a spouse may not follow through with their responsibilities despite the fact that they are part of a court order. For example, a spouse may fail to pay child support which violates the custody agreement.
Because divorce decrees are legal documents, the court may enforce the terms if one or both parties violate the agreement. Essentially, failure to comply with the divorce agreements is considered to be a violation of a court order or contempt of court which is punishable by fines or even jail time in some cases. Failure to fulfill requirements established in the divorce settlement could jeopardize the security and safety of the other party and their children especially if they depend on financial support. Our firm has experience handling divorce enforcement and can provide aggressive support for individuals who are dealing with an ex-spouse that is in violation of a court order.
Trustworthy Legal Counsel Backed by Experience
Finding the right family law lawyer can be a daunting task. From navigating the complexities of divorce to understanding child custody laws, or creating pre and postnuptial agreements, it is important to select an attorney that is knowledgeable and reputable in family law.
Family matters are complex, but our compassionate and experienced attorney can provide clarity and support. By choosing Family First Legal Group, families can avoid any misunderstandings that may arise during the legal process and stay informed about their rights under the law. Working with our experienced family attorney can be instrumental in achieving the most optimal outcome for the family and the future.
When you need a fierce advocate, choose Family First Legal Group. Schedule a consultation with our Cape Coral family law attorney today.
We’ll Fight For You
At Family First Legal Group, we represent victims of personal injuries, including cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, and brain injuries. Based in Naples, we serve clients in many areas of the community, and the surrounding cities. We work diligently to recover the maximum compensation for the victims we represent. Since 2001, our team of experienced lawyers has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for personal injury victims like you.
It is our belief that people deserve legal representation that acknowledges what they are going through and what they need. From being able to put our clients in touch with excellent doctors to being as supportive, honest, and responsive as we can be, we are here to support our clients from start to finish.
Mirror the Law of Non-Resistance
Every step of the process should be made easier for the client and continually improved for their benefit. Make your arguments & evidence easy for the Judge to rule in our client’s favor. Make your appearance easily likeable and friendly to all we encounter.
Follow the Golden Rule
Do unto others as you would have done unto you guides our every day. We want people who hold themselves to a higher standard than ANY state Bar association could set for us. INTEGRITY IS KEY.
Constant Self-Improvement guides our entire organization, and we believe, like Ertha Kitt, that our tombstone will be our diploma.
Embrace and Spread RELENTLESS Optimism
We believe that the light always defeats the dark and that we get a unique opportunity to brighten the lives of every client we encounter. We believe this is a DUTY to mankind that we take seriously.
Always Be the MOST Prepared
Under-promise, over-prepare and let the chips fall where they may is our motto. We can only control certain aspects of a client’s case and those we can you better damn believe we are the MOST well prepared for. We love winning and our level of preparation shows it!
We Are Better Together
We believe that we succeed as a team. Without every member of the team pulling in the same direction we risk a client getting hurt – and that is never acceptable. We constantly serve the cause NOT the applause!
21st Century ApproachOur firm embraces technology, not only as a way to move cases forward, but to help reduce the legal costs for our clients. We are always looking for ways to operate more cost effectively for our clients' sake.
Your Support TeamFrom our attorneys to our paralegals to our legal assistants, you have a whole team behind you, all working together to ensure a great experience and the best possible outcome for you and your children.
Superior Client ServiceCompassion and care for our clients and helping them achieve the best possible outcome is our number one priority. This approach has helped us win the "10 Best Law Firms" award for client satisfaction.
Decades of ExperienceThere's no substitute for experience. At Family First Legal Group you get access to a team of award-winning attorneys who focus exclusively on Family Law matters