Divorce Lawyer Serving Lakeland, FL
The process of going through a divorce can be personally stressful and legally challenging. The decisions that get made in working out the settlement are often the foundation for the next chapter of your life. Our Lakeland divorce lawyers have deep experience and a track record of helping clients get the results they need.
How Our Lakeland Divorce Lawyers Can Help
There are a lot of moving parts in a divorce settlement, particularly in cases where children are involved, or financial portfolios are complex. Our attorneys have a sound grasp of issues like these:
In a Florida divorce, property division is based on the principle of equitable distribution. This means that the court seeks to divide marital assets and liabilities in a fair and reasonable manner, rather than an automatic 50/50 split.
Equitable distribution refers specifically to marital property, which typically includes assets acquired during the marriage, Separate property, on the other hand, generally refers to assets acquired before the marriage or through inheritance or gift to one spouse. Separate property will typically revert to the spouse who brought it into the marriage.
Determining what is marital property and what is separate property can be complex, particularly on assets like real estate or stocks that one person might have owned prior to the marriage, but have since appreciated in value. Whether or not a spouse is treated fairly in the final decisions made on equitable distribution may depend on the ability of their lawyer to understand complicated, layered issues, and make a cohesive case. Our track record can give you confidence we can do just that.
Family courts prioritize the best interests of the child. The default approach is to encourage shared parental responsibility, which involves both parents making decisions about the child's upbringing, education, healthcare, and other important aspects of their life. However, in cases where it is determined that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child, sole custody may be awarded to one parent.
Factors considered in determining a child’s best interest include the mental and physical health of each parent, the child's relationship with each parent, the ability of each parent to provide a stable environment, and any history of abuse or neglect.
We believe our clients know what’s best for their own children, and we work hard to present their case in negotiations and, when necessary, in court.
Child support is intended to ensure that the financial needs of the child are met by both parents. The calculation of child support takes into account the income of both parents, the number of children involved, the cost of healthcare and childcare, and other relevant factors.
The parent with whom the child spends the majority of their time is generally considered the custodial parent. The non-custodial parent is typically responsible for making child support payments, which are intended to cover the child's basic needs, education, and healthcare.
Alimony--also known as spousal support or maintenance--may be awarded in cases where one spouse requires financial assistance from the other to maintain their standard of living. In Florida, spousal support is based on the needs of the recipient spouse and the ability of the paying spouse to provide support.
Factors considered in determining these payments include the length of the marriage, each spouse's earning capacity, contributions made to the marriage, and more. The duration and amount of alimony payments are determined by the court on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the specific circumstances of the parties involved.
Florida Bar board-certified Divorce Lawyers You Can Trust
Attorney Sessums is one of just four lawyers in the entire state of Florida to be Florida Bar Florida Bar board-certified in the areas of Marital Law, Family Law, and Trial Law. Attorney Brittany Pinson has earned the designation of Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law. Our deep team of talented lawyers and dedicated staff have built a record of good results that can give clients confidence.
Call our office today at (813) 212-8330. Our Lakeland divorce attorneys serve both English and Spanish-speaking clients.
$6,000,000.00 Recovery Fraud Civil Action
Sessums Law Group, P.A. successfully recovered $6,000,000.00 for a client in a fraud civil action. Prior to the client’s divorce, the client negotiated and executed an agreement with his wife’s boyfriend that sought that the boyfriend would have no contact with the client’s wife.
$2,740,000.00 Wrongful Death Hit/Run of Motorcyclist
Representation of the plaintiff hit from behind on his motorcycle by a driver who was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident. Sued the defendant; the bar that the defendant had been drinking and the defendant’s employer.
$1,929,000.00 Verdict Real Estate Deficiency
Representation of estate in real estate deficiency claim resulting in joint and several liability verdict against various doctors and chiropractors.
$1,000,000.00 Settlement Collision
Representation of estate in an automobile and tractor trailer collision that resulted in multiple deaths.
Confidential Settlement Amount Medical Malpractice
Client was burned with a hot pack after delivering her son via Cesarean section.
Confidential Settlement Amount Nursing Home Negligence
Representation of the Personal Representative of the Estate of the patient who died due to negligent care while in the care of the nursing home.
Confidential Settlement Amount Trolley Accident
Representation of passengers who were enjoying a sight- seeing tour aboard a trolley when the trolley was hit by a bus. The passengers suffered soft tissue injuries.
Confidential Settlement Amount Hit & Run
Sessums Law Group was recently successful in settling a case for a hard working Polk County man whose hit and run accident resulted in a need for a knee replacement. The defendant argued that our client had caused the accident. We were able to prove through expert accident reconstruction testimony that the accident happened as our client testified despite the minimal damage involved.
Confidential Settlement Stolen Property
Client’s vehicle was burglarized and her engagement and wedding rings stolen. The perpetrator pawned the stolen items to a local pawn shop. The pawn shop ignored the hold order from the police department and sold the engagement and wedding rings. After suit filed for the Plaintiff, a confidential settlement was reached with the pawn shop for the value to our client of her stolen rings.
"Our firm believes in the integrity of the needs of the each client we represent. We are passionate about obtaining the maximum results allowable under the law for each client."
- Mark A. Sessums