Family Law Attorney Serving Lakeland, FL
Family law covers a diverse set of legal areas. What those diverse areas have in common is that are usually sensitive in nature, difficult to go through, and often legally nuanced. People need to know their Lakeland family lawyer has professional knowledge and personal compassion. Sessums Law Group, P.A., led by our founder, Attorney Mark A. Sessums, offers both.
Our deep team of lawyers routinely handles cases that include the following:
When spouses go through a divorce, they have to work out everything from dividing up their property in an equitable manner to making difficult decisions about child custody. Spousal support may also be appropriate, depending on the circumstances. Sessums Law Group, P.A. understands the issues that have to be raised, and the questions which need to be asked. Our sharp grasp of the process can give clients the peace of mind they need during what is often a challenging personal time.
These legally binding contracts are entered into by couples before or during their marriage. They outline how assets, debts, and other financial matters will be divided in the event of a divorce or separation. A marital agreement can provide clarity and protection for both parties and may help prevent lengthy and contentious legal battles in the event of a divorce.
Modification and Enforcement
Family law matters are not always set in stone. Circumstances may change after a court order or agreement is established. Modifications must typically demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances since the original order was issued.
Enforcement deals with ensuring compliance with court orders or agreements. Failure to adhere to the terms outlined in these orders can result in legal consequences, which may include fines, contempt charges, or even jail time.
Paternity issues arise when determining the legal and biological relationship between a father and a child. Establishing paternity is crucial for various reasons, including determining child support obligations, visitation rights, and inheritance rights. Paternity can be established voluntarily through a legal acknowledgment by both parents or through a court order. In cases where paternity is contested, DNA testing may be required to establish biological parentage.
Guardianship refers to the legal responsibility for the care and well-being of someone who is unable to care for themselves. Guardianship typically applies to minors or individuals with mental or physical disabilities. It grants the appointed guardian the authority to make decisions regarding the person's healthcare, education, and overall welfare. Family courts oversee the process of appointing guardianships and are tasked with ensuring that the chosen guardian is capable of fulfilling their duties.
Aiming for a Collaborative Resolution
These, and other family law issues, can often be contentious. The goal of our Lakeland family law attorneys is to work towards an amicable solution. We offer collaborative family law, a process that is designed to facilitate discussion and conflict resolution. However, we always keep fairness and our client’s best interests front and center, and are prepared to go to court when necessary.
Fighting for Real People in Difficult Times
We’re proud of how well our team understands the law. We also know that behind the law and the legal paperwork are real human beings who are seeking to get through a tough time and land in a better place. Sessums Law Group, P.A. is determined to help them do just that.
Call Sessums Law Group, P.A. at (813) 212-8330 today.
$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