St. Petersburg Divorce Lawyer Represents Your Best Interests
Experienced divorce attorney for Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties
At the Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. in St. Petersburg, Florida, we provide forceful, levelheaded representation in divorce and family law matters. We help our clients:
- Determine whether alimony is an issue in a divorce
- Negotiate a child custody and visitation agreement and determine child support
- Achieve a divorce settlement that is as fair as possible to both parties and the children
Ending a marriage is rarely simple. Even when a divorce is amicable, emotions can quickly spiral out of control during property division and child custody negotiations. With more than 18 years of experience in divorce and family law practice, our attorney and staff at the Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. help navigate you through the divorce process without adding fuel to potentially contentious situations.
Family law mediation is a legal alternative to the court system for you to reach a divorce settlement. Mediation is less expensive and generally takes less time. It gives you some control over the final agreement, as it is in you and your ex’s hands rather than a judge’s. As a certified Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator, our attorney can provide this service for you should you choose to go this route.
What issues must be addressed in a divorce?
The general goal of a divorce is for you and your ex to dissolve your marriage in a way that allows both you and your children to get on with your lives with little if any residual conflict. To achieve this goal, the division of money, property and financial support issues should be addressed. If there are children involved, custody, financial support and visitation issues need to be resolved.
The major issues that may need to be addressed in a divorce include the following — but keep in mind that each divorce is different, so some of these may not apply to your situation:
- Alimony. Alimony or spousal support may or may not be an issue in your divorce. In Florida, the courts consider the contributions one party may have made to the marriage, such as caring for the children or supporting a spouse in school. One spouse must be able to afford alimony payments, and the spouse receiving those payments must have a financial need for them.
- Property and debt division. Property acquired during the marriage, which can include a house and financial investments, and debt acquired during the marriage, such as a mortgage or credit card debt, must both be divided equitably between the parties.
- Child custody and visitation. If you have one or more children, the fact that you and your spouse are separating should not limit your relationship with them. You and your former spouse need to work out whether one of you will have sole custody or if you will share it, and what the visitation plan will be. It is important to prepare a practical child custody and visitation agreement that is based on the best interests of the children involved. As a divorce lawyer whose experience includes child welfare law, our attorney can help craft your child custody agreement.
In some situations, adoption may become a part of a divorce. If you are getting divorced and have minor stepchildren you have not legally adopted, you may want to do so. Or, if you are a grandparent, aunt or uncle of a child whose home has been broken up by divorce, you may want to adopt that child. We provide sensitive, caring adoption representation.
A domestic violence injunction (DVI) can be used to protect you against a violent spouse or ex paramour. Sometimes, a vengeful person may also inappropriately use these injunctions (also known as restraining or protective orders) to gain the upper hand in a divorce or other dispute. At the Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. in St. Petersburg, we represent victims and those accused of domestic violence.
Is uncontested divorce for you?
Divorce in Florida can take anywhere from a few months to a year or longer, depending on whether your divorce is uncontested or contested. The uncontested divorce process is designed for couples interested in working together to end their marriage. It is particularly beneficial for couples without children and with few assets.
When you select the Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. to represent you in an uncontested divorce, our attorney works with you one-on-one to make sure the decisions you and your former spouse make will be approved by the family law judge. Our office has handled many divorces involving asset division, alimony and custody issues. Our attorney knows how to develop an effective uncontested divorce agreement that meets the requirements of Florida law.
Call now to schedule a free consultation to discuss your divorce concerns
Our entire staff knows that the divorce process can seem emotional and intimidating. That is why we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your divorce concerns. Serving Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and Bradenton, Florida, the Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. is easy to find in St. Pete and offers ample parking. Call us now at 727-201-0158 or contact us to schedule a convenient time for you to meet.