Family Law and Divorce Lawyer Tampa FL
The McKinney Law Group Provides A Civil, Principled Approach To Family Law.
The key to successful resolutions to family law cases is truly understanding our clients’ needs, so we stand by our clients every step of the way. We help our clients make the best legal decisions during some of the most challenging times of their lives.
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“Damien was always available and had great advice. He was specific in what he needed from me which really helped as I had never been divorced before…He was able to plan for a myriad of possibilities and best choose, with great accuracy, what the opposing counsel may do. I would hire him again and again.”
“Mr. McKinney was right on the money with his advice. Trust was an issue for me, and I trusted him. Divorce is such an emotional time, and he seemed to understand that. We went through mediation together, and he advised me on what to do and got me what I wanted in the end.”
“Damien’s edge is his integrity. He lives it every day from casual conversation to formal court room proceedings…I was surprised (shocked really) to witness that Judges actually “trust” my attorney’s judgement when recommending courses of action on specific elements of our proceedings.”
“Damien handled my divorce and made it pain free. He is efficient and respected my time as a professional. He was always available when needed and understood the difficulties related to a divorce. He was sympathetic when needed but strong on the items that were important to me.”
The McKinney Law Group is a law firm dedicated to helping individuals get through their divorce as painlessly as possible. We know how stressful and emotionally draining a divorce can be and want to make it easier on you. Our lawyers are highly experienced and skilled at their craft and have a true passion for helping others. We are proud to serve the Tampa, FL area and have represented dozens of people just like yourself.
We will treat you with the sensitivity and respect you deserve from the moment you walk in for your first consultation to the day your divorce is finalized. You can trust us to be an advocate in your time of need.
Grounds of Divorce in Florida
Florida is a no-fault state, so you don’t need to have a specific reason for getting a divorce. You can just cite irreconcilable differences, which means that marriage is beyond repair.
Qualifying for a Divorce in Florida
To file for divorce in Florida, you or your spouse must have been a resident of Florida for at least six months before filing a petition. You are also required to file for divorce in the county where you live. One of our skilled divorce lawyers can help you with this.
Property Division in Florida Divorce
Florida is an equitable distribution state, so property is divided fairly, not necessarily equally. Marital property includes all assets required in a marriage, such as a family home, vehicles, boats and vacation home. A judge will look at several factors before deciding how to divide property, like the length of the marriage and each spouse’s contribution to the assets.
Going to Trial
While it’s ideal to come to a favorable resolution out of the courtroom, it isn’t always possible. If you can’t come to a fair agreement at mediation, it may be necessary to take your case to trial. Our divorce lawyers are always prepared to take cases to trial and have the confidence to present your case in front of a judge.
Timeframe for a Divorce
A divorce is a tough process, so it’s understandable that you may want to get it over with as quickly as possible. However, it can be difficult to determine how long a divorce will take. Some divorces take just a few months to resolve while others take longer than a year. It depends on the individual circumstances of your case. Generally, the more complex a divorce is, the longer it takes to resolve.
At McKinney Law Group, we specialize in family law and are always there for our clients. We understand the emotional impacts a divorce and child custody matters can have on someone. Our lawyers will listen carefully to your concerns and are prepared to assist you with divorce, child support, alimony, child custody and protective orders.
Because no two people or families are the same, we take an individualized approach with each case. We take the time to get to know our clients so that we can lead them in the right direction. Our lawyers work hard to help clients reach a fair agreement out of court, but are prepared to take any case to trial.
Starting the Divorce Process
The first step in the divorce process in Florida is filing a Petition for a Dissolution of Marriage. The petition states what you are requesting in terms of asset division, child support, child custody and alimony. One of our skilled family lawyers will be more than happy to assist you with this.
What’s Included in Marital Property
Marital property refers to assets acquired during the course of a marriage. Some of the assets may include homes, vehicles, boats, retirement accounts, businesses and stocks.
Getting Full Custody of Children
While judges typically prefer to grant shared custody arrangements, they may give full custody under certain circumstances. For example, if one parent has a history of physical abuse, a judge may likely grant full custody to the other parent.
Judges will consider many factors when deciding to grant alimony or not, such as the length of the marriage, earning capacity of each spouse and education levels of each spouse. For example, if your spouse supported you financially during your marriage while you stayed at home, you may qualify for alimony.
How Child Support Is Calculated
The family court system in Florida uses several factors to calculate child support, including the gross income of each spouse, the number of children and the number of overnights each parent has with the children.
Requesting an Increase in Child Support
If there ever comes a time when you need more child support, you will have to file a supplemental petition for modification of child support. You must demonstrate to the court that your circumstances have changed dramatically. For instance, if you injured yourself and can’t work for a while, you may be able to obtain more child support.