Guiding You Through the Challenges of South Florida Divorce
The family law practice at the law firm of Moraitis & Raimondi, LLP, focuses on finding cost-effective solutions to the complex problems that can arise in divorce cases. While we work with people in all kinds of circumstances, our experience is especially well suited to the needs of clients who anticipate special complications in their divorce, such as difficult asset division problems or high-conflict timesharing disputes between parents.
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Contact our office to arrange a consultation with an experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney. You’ll learn about our practice and our approach to client service across the range of divorce issues, including those of greatest importance in your unique situation:
Asset & Debt Characterization
In general, property or indebtedness acquired before marriage will be considered separate, while anything acquired during the marriage will be considered marital assets or liabilities subject to division in divorce. There are some important exceptions, however. Assets acquired by gift or inheritance during the marriage will generally be separate property. The terms of a prenuptial agreement can also change the character of an asset or debt from marital to separate, or vice versa.
Few people go through the divorce process with any particular sense that their own case is especially simple or complex. After all, what’s the basis of comparison? Whether or not one case is more complicated than another, the divorcing spouses will usually consider the dissolution of their marriage to be one of the most intense and challenging experiences they’ve ever gone through.
When a couple decides to get married, they think about the life they are going to create together. They talk about the things that they have in common or the dreams that they share. They may discuss where they want to live or how many children they will have.
Domestic Violence Injunctions
At Moraitis & Raimondi, LLP, in Fort Lauderdale, our lawyers advise and represent men and women who need to resolve domestic violence problems in family court. If you are the victim of spousal assault or other family violence, we can advise you about your options for protecting yourself to the greatest extent possible.
Texts, emails and social media sharing can all be harmful in a Florida divorce; spouses should know how to limit potential damage from these media.
Florida is an equitable distribution state, which essentially means each spouse receives a fair portion of marital property based on its total value. To understand this further, it is important to learn what is considered marital property, how to figure out the equity of the property and be aware of dissipation issues.
Family-Owned Businesses & Divorce
As a business owner, you have invested time, energy and money into running the business. Now, when divorce is being considered or is imminent, you may be wondering, “Is there anything I can do to protect my family-owned business during my divorce?” This is a common and valid question that our law firm answers for many business owners.
Mediation & Settlement
If you can’t work out a disputed family law issue through negotiation, you will probably need to submit it to mediation before a Broward County judge will schedule a hearing on the matter. Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney Robert Moraitis helps clients get the most out of mediation on problems involving property division, time-sharing, alimony and child support.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Floridians that are preparing for marriage are typically very focused on wedding plans and dreams for a future together. The thought of a potential divorce is not commonly at the top of one’s mind during this process and, as a result, creating a prenuptial agreement may never even be thought of.
Real Estate & Divorce
Do you own one or more pieces of valuable real estate property? If you are about to embark on the divorce process, you will want to be represented by an attorney who has established winning strategies to help you make the best decisions possible regarding the division of real estate property. And once the decisions are made, your attorney should also have the proficiency to secure the results you want based on those decisions.
Same-Sex Marriage & Divorce
As of January 6, 2015, same-sex couples can be legally married in Florida. This has allowed many couples and partners the opportunity to have their relationships formally recognized under the law. This also provides same-sex couples with the same rights and privileges in marriage and divorce as couples of the opposite sex.
Taxes & Divorce
The general topic of taxes is stressful for many people. When taxes must be considered in relation to a divorce, there are likely to be many stresses and uncertainties involved. An experienced attorney can help you understand the tax implications of divorce.
In the early stages of a Florida divorce, each spouse must make a complete and accurate disclosure of assets, income and liabilities to the other. This information provides the foundation for resolving such issues as alimony, property division and child support.
Some people hesitate to consult with a lawyer when they think they can get a low-cost, low-stress uncontested divorce. Not only are they interested in saving the legal fee, but they’re also concerned that the attorney they meet with might stir up disagreements and contested issues where none exist.