Divorce Legal Representation tailored to your family.
Divorce can be like watching the foundation of your life crumble beneath you. Divorce impacts where you live, your children, and your financial life. At Akilah Harris PLLC., we are dedicated to helping you make as peaceful a transition as possible, making calm decisions through a respectful negotiation process. We recognize what is on the line for you, and we are ready to help you minimize trauma and get results.
Types of Divorce in South Florida
When you have made the decision to pursue divorce, it is important to remember that you have a number of different options. There are more options than just one avenue of divorce – we can explain the different methods which are available to you and explore the one which is most suited to your needs.
Whether your divorce involves children, a post-nup agreement, business valuation, or retirement assets, our divorce attorney has the experience and insight to help you navigate these issues with your rights and future intact. Please don’t hesitate to find out how our team can help you move forward.
Akilah Harris skillfully represents clients in all divorce matters including:
Obtaining a Fair Child Support Order.
Every child deserves to be cared and provided for by both parents. Regardless of your income, you may be entitled to child support payments from the other parent. At the Law Office of Akilah Harris PLLC., our knowledgeable and experienced child support attorney is here to explain your rights and responsibilities, to help you explore your child support options, and to help you obtain a fair child support order. Whether you’re concerned about your right to receive child support or your obligation to pay child support, we can help.
Establishing a Workable Visitation & Parenting Plan.
Are you in a custody battle that you’re afraid you’re not going to win? Child custody, now known as time-sharing, is one of the most contested issues in divorce or paternity cases. If you would like to have a knowledgeable, compassionate, and resourceful legal team on your side during this difficult time, you have come to the right place.
At the Law Office of Akilah Harris PLLC., we truly care about our clients and the outcome of their cases. We know that this can be a stressful experience for everyone involved, and when we are retained in a divorce or a child custody case, we go the extra mile to ensure that our clients feel cared for.
Our Pembroke Pines’ child custody lawyer can help you put together a parenting plan that you and your spouse can agree on. Child custody and visitation are not simple matters. We can help you understand the different types of child custody and what you can expect.
How is Child Support Calculated in Florida?
Child support is calculated pursuant to the Florida child support guidelines. These guidelines take into consideration the following factors:
- The income/Earnings of both parents
- The existing or proposed custody agreement
- The number of minor children involved
- The cost of daycare and insurance each parent pays for the children
Types Of Child Custody In Florida
There are two types of child custody in Florida: Sole Custody and Joint Custody.
Sole Custody is where one parent has Sole Physical Custody and/or Sole Legal Custody of the child(ren).
Sole Physical Custody is where the child(ren) reside with one parent who is responsible for the daily care of the child(ren). The other parent may have visitation rights. A parent with Sole Physical Custody usually has Sole Legal Custody as well.
Sole Legal Custody is where one parent has the sole authority, responsibility, and duty to make all decisions for his or her child(ren).
Joint Custody is where both parents share physical and/or legal custody of the child(ren). Here, one parent is named the Primary Joint Custodian and the other parent is granted visitation rights. Such arrangement provides the child(ren) with some stability so that the kids can have a primary residence, school, and a primary physician. In certain circumstances, the courts allow for a Rotating Physical Custody whereby the child(ren) spend equal time with both parents. Schedules that allow the child(ren) to spend equal time with both parents are favored by the courts.
In Florida, a “custody agreement” is called a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a binding document that governs the relationship between the parents pertaining to the decisions to be made concerning their child(ren).
Florida child custody laws are designed to favor the best interests of the child in accordance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and require divorcing parents to create a parenting plan that includes:
How you and the other parent will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of your child.
The time-sharing schedule arrangements that show the time your child will spend with each of you (weekdays, weekends, holidays, etc.)
A designation of who will be responsible for health care, school related matters (including which address will be used for school-boundary determination and registration), and other activities.
The methods and technologies (eg. phone calls, texts, emails, etc.) that each of you will use to communicate with your child, and the frequency of such communication.
I Successfully Represent Clients in South Florida
Help Begins With An Initial Consultation
To discuss your case with me and find out how I can help, contact me today at (954) 451-0050 or by email. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. My fees are meant to be affordable. Payment plans are available if there are no court dates scheduled. Credit and debit cards are accepted.