Practice Areas

Divorce

The end of a marriage is difficult especially when children are involved. Laura Callahan, P.A., recognizes that each divorce case has its own set of unique circumstances, and skillfully works with clients in a compassionate and discreet manner to resolve issues.

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Domestic Violence

Florida Statute 741.28 defines domestic violence as “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.” In addition, Florida Statute 741.30 provides protection to individuals who have “reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence.”

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Enforcement/Modifications

Failure to abide by terms of a Court Order or Judgment can result in legal consequences. A family law enforcement action is the legal process of documenting the failure of a person to comply with a Court Order or Judgment and seeking the Court’s assistance in taking action that will result in compliance. Enforcement actions may relate to financial or parenting obligations.

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Equitable Distribution

During the process of divorce marital and non-marital assets and liabilities must be divided. Agreements can be reached or the Court can make a determination. Laura Callahan, P.A., will help you protect your property rights and to allocate liability obligations.

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Other

Laura Callahan, P.A., is a diverse family law practice prepared to assist you with additional legal needs including but not limited to: Name Changes, Power of Attorney, Temporary Custody.

Parenting Time/Responsibility

In the State of Florida family law cases involving children require that the parents or the Court develop a Parenting Plan that provides guidelines for Parenting Time and Parental Responsibility. These guidelines are always based on what is in the best interests of the children, and there are many factors the Court will consider in making such determination.

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Paternity

In the State of Florida establishing paternity is the legal recognition of a father’s parental relationship with his child. In order to exercise your legal rights as a father the Court must enter a Final Judgment Establishing Paternity. Establishing paternity relates to the duties, responsibilities, and rights with respect to the child. There is a legal presumption that the husband is the father of a child born to a married couple.

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Step Parent Adoption

In the State of Florida a step-parent adoption takes place when a married step-parent adopts the children of his or her spouse. The children can be from a marriage or a previous relationship. The decision to adopt a step-child is personal and significant. There are many factors to consider and legal requirements that must be satisfied. Laura Callahan, P.A., is skilled in helping step-parents and their spouses determine whether or not adopting a step-child is right for their family.

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Support

By definition child support is an ongoing regular payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of the children following the end of a marriage or other relationship. Its purpose is to provide for the needs of the children with respect to food, shelter, and clothing; and to allow the children to share any wealth, fortune, or lifestyle of the parents. The State of Florida requires that minor children are required to be financially supported until they turn 18 years of age (or 19 years of age if in high school and have expectation of graduating before turning 19 years of age), they marry, they join the Armed Forces, they become emancipated, or they pass away.

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