Choosing the right attorney for your Family Law matter is a major decision that affects you, your children and your finances. Whether it is a child support agreement, a divorce, or an annulment, Attorney Christine Aung will be by your side until your challenges are resolved. For more than 15 years, Christine has defended cases in many legal areas. She is a former Assistant Public Defender in Volusia County, giving her the experience you can count on. She represents Family Law clients in DeLand, Daytona Beach, Deltona, and surrounding areas.
In the state of Florida, divorce is legally referred to as the “dissolution of marriage”. There is only one legal requirement for dissolution to be considered in Florida, and it is that the marriage must be proven by both parties to be irretrievably broken. This can include domestic abuse, adultery, abandonment or desertion for a lengthy period of time. For the divorce to be valid at least one of the involved parties must be a Florida resident for six months prior to filing, and the marriage must be legally recognized.
Hiring an experienced Family Law attorney like Christine Aung during dissolution can help to simplify the process during such an emotional and stressful time. Christine will help you through filing all legal paperwork, court hearings, as well as legal divisions of property, funds, and child custody and child support agreements and rights.
An alternative legal action to divorce is an annulment. This declares that the marriage never legally existed, or is void. Grounds for a couple to annul their marriage include:
Once a marriage has been annulled, the court will then decide upon a child custody and child support agreement based on finances and abilities of both parents. Having a Family Law attorney like Christine Aung represent you in an annulment will ensure that the best decisions are made for both you and your child, and that all legal paperwork is filed properly.
After a divorce or annulment, both parties must mutually agree upon child custody, timesharing arrangements, and child support payments. In Florida, child custody can be ruled as either sole custody to one parent, or joint custody between both parents on an agreed schedule, depending on specific situations. In the event that one or both parents are unwilling or unable to properly care for their children, the court can also make the legal decision of awarding custody to grandparents or a legal family guardian.
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Going through a divorce and making child support arrangements is not easy. It can be physically and emotionally draining for both sides, as well as for the children and families involved. With a caring and passionate Family Law attorney like Christine Aung, clients can count on her experience and dedication to make the best decisions for your situation every step of the way.
As children grow older, their needs change. It is common for court-ordered child support to be modified throughout the child’s minor years (0-18 years). Child support modifications, or parenting plans, can affect who the child lives with primarily, the amount of child support to be paid by each parent, and how often the child gets to see each parent.
When modifying parenting plans and court orders currently in place, it is essential to base modifications on the needs of the child, and keep their best interest in the forefront of all decision making.
Here are some examples of reasons that parents would seek modifications of court orders:
Paternity is defined as the quality or state of being a father. Before any child support or time sharing claims can be filed, paternity of a child must be legally established. Paternity can be established by the mother, the father, or the child with the guidance of a legal representative such as Christine Aung.
When you establish paternity, you legally identify as the father of the child. This allows you to lawfully obtain a child support order, as well as attain a court order for shared time with your child. If the mother of the child is not married when the child is born, the child is not considered to have a legal father. Paternity can be established voluntarily via the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form or via a legal order with the assistance of an experienced Family Law Attorney like Christine Aung.
If either of the legally recognized parents decides to revoke the voluntary acknowledgement of paternity 60 days or more after the form has been signed, they must prove in a court of law that paternity rights over the child were established under fraud, or extreme force.
Alternatively, if neither parent voluntarily acknowledges paternity, they must proceed to court to establish legal paternity of the child. In the state of Florida, the paternity court process can be started by the child’s mother, the alleged father, the child with a legal representative, or the Florida Department of Child Support Services.
After a divorce, it is common for one spouse to receive alimony from their former partner if there is a significant wage gap, or one of the spouses proves to be unable to support themselves and maintain the same standard of living that they experienced during marriage. The length and amount of this financial support is awarded on circumstantial factors, and established by a judge in a court of law.
Some of these factors that determine alimony include:
Alimony can be permanent or durational, depending on the spouse’s economic needs, and the length of the marriage. For more information about how Attorney Christine Aung can assist you in determining the proper alimony agreement to meet your needs, contact us today for a free consultation.
For more information about the Law Office of Christine Aung and the services we offer, please call 386-479-8977, or use the Contact Info tab at the top of the page to fill out our free online consultation form. Our office is located at 101 N. Woodland Blvd., Suite A308 in DeLand, Florida. Christine Aung proudly represents the Family Law matters of clients in DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Daytona Beach, Orange City, and surrounding Volusia County.