Helping Families get through difficult times for over 20 years
Divorce and Family Law Attorney located in Miramar Beach and serving the entire Panhandle area. We represent families in Panama City, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Crestview, De funiak Springs, Milton, Pensacola and everywhere in between. Call us to discuss your case. We can give you a 20 minute telephone consultation to see where we stand, you can come into our Office or we can come to you.
Divorce Attorney in Miramar Beach, FL
If you’re considering ending your marriage and you live in the Miramar Beach area, then you might want to arrange for a free initial consultation with me at the Zasada Law Firm. I'm a divorce attorney who can guide through a range of legal matters, including those pertaining to child custody, alimony support, and property division.
I strive to meet the needs of my clients to the best of my ability. Affordable payment plans and flexible appointment availability seven days a week are just two aspects of my excellent customer service. Regardless of whether I conduct a consultation at my office or your home, I’ll give you my full, personal attention.
Whether you anticipate a simple process or are concerned about the possible outcomes, I’ll keep you informed of the general legal procedure. Call the Zasada Law Firm in Miramar Beach, FL, to make an appointment with me. As your divorce attorney, I'll strive to ensure that your interests are being represented.
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Family Lawyer in Miramar Beach, FL
Many issues involving family law deserve careful evaluation and an individualized approach. At the Zasada Law Firm in Miramar Beach, FL, I make it a point to consider all the important details my clients provide to me before determining what strategy to use when handling the case. I recognize that the needs of each family will vary, so I give every case my personal attention.
I offer flexible appointment availability so that all my clients can set up times with me that work for them. My goal is to provide the tailored local representation that seems to be appropriate for the specific circumstance involved. What I want is to eliminate unnecessary conflict in order to maximize the time you and I spend on working toward a favorable outcome.
Call me at the Zasada Law Firm if you’re in the Miramar Beach area and you have a family law matter you’d like me to review. Consultations can be performed at my office, or I can to travel to you if that’s more convenient. The initial consultation is free, and my firm can arrange affordable payment plans for you.
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Helping Families Resolve Difficult Disputes For Over 20 Years
When conflicts arise in a family — whether it’s divorce, child custody, or domestic violence — you need a family law attorney you can wholeheartedly trust. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place.
Lead Attorney Richard D. Zasada offers compassionate and competent legal counsel for families in and around the Pensacola area. He has over 20 years of experience helping families resolve difficult disputes through mediation or litigation and is prepared to go to work for you.
I take great pride in offering high-quality legal representation at a reasonable cost. My mission is to help individuals and families get through the most difficult time in their lives. When you become my client, I will always look out for your best interests and strive to resolve your case as quickly and painlessly as possible so you can move forward with your life.
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Handling Sensitive Family Matters With Personal Care, Attention, and Legal Expertise
Divorce: The end of a marriage can be traumatic and leave you with many unresolved issues. Our firm will guide you through the entire legal process and keep you informed every step of the way so you won’t feel overwhelmed or confused. We fiercely advocate for your interests in dividing property, spousal support/alimony, child custody and support, etc.
Division of Marital Assets and Liabilities: Are you worried about how the court will divide your property in a divorce? We protect your rights and interests and fight for what you feel you deserve.
Alimony or Spousal Support: Whether you are seeking alimony or being forced to pay it, we help calculate an amount that is fair and reasonable and negotiate a lump sum, periodic payments, or a permanent fixed payment for a number of years.
Parental Custody & Visitation: Your kids mean the world to you and you just want to make sure they are taken care of during this time of change. We are very sensitive to the needs of children and will do everything possible to act in their best interests. Our firm helps negotiate custody arrangements and visitation/time-sharing schedules that benefit the entire family.
Child Support: Child support in Florida is calculated using a mathematical formula. We input the variables into a child support calculator to arrive at a payment that is fair for both parents and in the best interests of the children.
Taxes in a Divorce: Your taxes will change after a divorce. We discuss all the ways your tax filing status may be affected, including property transfers, taxability of alimony payments and dependency deductions for children.
Paternity: Whether you are a mother seeking child support from someone you believe to be the biological father of your child, or a father who is unsure if the child is yours, we help get you the answers you so desperately need.
Stepparent Adoptions: Do you want to legally adopt your spouse’s child? We can help you gather the necessary legal documents to terminate the biological parent’s rights and make your blended family official.
Military Family Issues: We have represented many military members and their spouses with their own individual needs and family problems dealing with divorce, long deployments, PTSD and other issues related solely to the military family.
Domestic Violence: Are you being physically or sexually abused or threatened by a family or household member? We know how difficult it is to come forward, and we applaud you for your bravery. Our firm is sensitive to the needs of anyone involved in a domestic violence situation and can help keep you safe by obtaining a protective order or injunction.
Requirements for a Divorce
- You or your spouse must have resided in Florida six months prior to filing petition for divorce
- Choose grounds for getting divorced a.) marriage is irretrievably broken, or b.) one spouse is mentally incapacitated
Do You Qualify for a Simplified Dissolution Of Marriage?
A simplified dissolution of marriage is a less complex procedure for filing for divorce. This is usually the best option for non-adversarial couples who want a quick, no-hassle dissolution of marriage.
The following requirements must be met to be eligible for a simplified dissolution of marriage:
- you and your spouse agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken and cannot be saved
- you and your spouse have no adopted children under 18
- at least one of you has lived in Florida for the last six months
- no minor children in the marriage
- agree on how to resolve all the issues pertaining to your divorce, including the division of assets and debt
- not seeking spousal support
If you meet these conditions, Attorney Zasada can file for a simplified dissolution of marriage on your behalf. You can expect your divorce to be finalized within 30-90 days.
Filing a petition for dissolution of marriage:
If you and your spouse are unable to agree on some or all of the issues, you’re most likely headed for a contested divorce. A contested divorce follows traditional legal procedures, beginning with filing a petition with the court and “serving” it on your spouse. Your spouse has 20 days to provide an answer.
Discovery/Financial Disclosure Stage:
Soon after filing the initial court papers, you and your spouse will be required to exchange detailed financial statements to provide insight into your assets and debt.
Some of these documents may include:
- tax returns
- pay stubs
- loan applications
- credit card statements
- investments and retirement
- life insurance
The purpose of discovery is to be as transparent as possible early in the process so there are no surprises later about “hidden” assets.
Once discovery is complete, the court requires that you participate in mediation. During mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a neutral third party, or mediator, who will attempt to help you amicably resolve all of your contested issues. This is a confidential process which gives you and your spouse the chance to avoid going to trial. Attorneys will be present for both sides and can assist with negotiations that result in a settlement.
Trial will include live testimony, evidence, objections and arguments from attorneys. A judge will rule on the issues and finalize a divorce decree.
Dividing Your Marital Property
In a Florida divorce, property is categorized as either marital or non-marital. Any assets (money, property, retirement accounts) and liabilities (debt) acquired during your marriage is considered marital property and will be divided equally (this doesn’t necessarily mean a 50/50 split, but rather what the court considers fair).
It doesn’t matter whether the property is titled jointly or just in one person’s name, it is still subject to equitable distribution.
For example, if your spouse opened a credit card in his/her name, you are jointly responsible even if you did not do any spending on the card.
Assets and liabilities which you accrued prior to the marriage are considered non-marital property and will remain in your possession.
You and your spouse will be given the opportunity to reach a compromise on property division by participating in mediation. If you cannot agree on who will get what, a judge will divide the property based on several key factors:
- length of the marriage
- each spouse’s financial status
- desire of custodial parent to keep the marital home for the children
- each spouse’s contribution to the marriage
- whether one spouse intentionally wasted or destroyed assets
The division of property in a divorce is never easy, but with Attorney Zasada by your side, he will help you create a fair property division agreement with your spouse.
Who Gets Alimony?
According to divorce laws in Florida, the courts will only order alimony if it is “well-founded.” To determine one’s eligibility for alimony, as well as the other spouse’s ability to pay, the court will take certain factors into consideration including:
- the standard of living during the marriage
- the length of the marriage
- the age and physical condition of each spouse
Parenting Requirements During Divorce
Florida requires all divorcing parents to attend and complete a parenting class before they can obtain a divorce. In addition, you and your spouse must work together to develop a parenting plan which outlines how you will co-parent your children.