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Same-Sex Divorce

Tampa Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer

Are You Thinking About Filing For Divorce?

Florida became the 36th state in America to legalize same-sex marriage on January 6, 2015 after a United States district court found that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. While a temporary stay was placed on the order, the United States Supreme Court denied an extension on December 19, 2014. As a result, same-sex divorce also became legal on January 6, 2015.

Give us a call at (813) 518-7941 to speak with one of our Tampa divorce lawyers.

Divorce can be a complicated process, and it’s important to hire qualified legal representation to help you navigate any issues that may come up during the proceedings. Contact the Tampa divorce lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks today if you are considering filing for divorce in Florida. We have over 135 years of collective experience, and are committed to securing you a beneficial outcome that will allow you to move on to the next phase of your life as comfortably as possible. If any of the following apply to you, we’re ready and waiting to help:

  • You were married in Florida and are looking to pursue an annulment, divorce, or separation in-state.
  • You were married outside of Florida but are looking to pursue an annulment, divorce, or separation in Florida.
  • You were served divorce papers and reside in Florida.
  • You were married in the United States and are seeking help with family law issues related to separation or divorce, including alimony, child custody, child support, etc.

Key Issues in the Divorce Process

As of June 26, 2015, all couples in the United States have the same marriage rights, which means that all couples in the United States face similar legal issues when it comes to divorce. Some of the most common and pressing issues any couple needs to consider during their divorce proceedings include:

  • Alimony: Multiple factors are included when determining alimony payments, including the standard of living during the marriage, the amount of time married, the finances and assets of each party, etc.
  • Child Custody: The court takes into account a variety of factors when deciding which parent will receive primary custody, including the moral and mental fitness of each parent, the ability of each parent to meet their child’s developmental needs, the child’s preference (in certain cases), etc.
  • Child Support: In most cases, the parent who receives primary custody will also receive child support payments, but the amount they receive is determined by various factors, including day care, school payments, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Division of Property: Also known as equitable distribution, the court will take into account the length of the marriage, the contributions each spouse made to the marriage, and any contributions one spouse made to the other’s education or career among other factors when determining how property will be divided.
  • Parenting Time and Visitation Rights: The courts have determined that in the vast majority of cases it’s beneficial for children to maintain a certain amount of contact with their cases which makes it incredibly rare for a parent to lose all visitation rights – the main point of contention is how much visitation time the non-custodial parent receives.

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Hire a Qualified Attorney Today

No matter how complicated or contentious your divorce process becomes, the Tampa same-sex divorce attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks are ready to fight for you and make sure you can secure the outcome you need. Our attorneys have made a name for themselves as some of the most professional, ethical, and passionate legal professionals in the region, and we’re ready to use our knowledge and experience to give you peace of mind during your divorce. Give us a call at (813) 518-7941, or fill out our online form to begin your case evaluation today.

Case Results

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which a child was nearly removed from her mother’s custody and given to the child’s alleged father, although the father had not yet established paternity. Candela filed a written response on behalf of her client (the mother) alleging fraud by the father and had the pick-up order set aside before custody was transferred to the father. The practical result was to allow the mother and child stay in their home state (not Florida) pending the resolution of the case. The Court agreed and granted Candela’s client custody.

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client filed a Petition to Establish Paternity, and the mother was served. After being served, the mother fled the state with the child. Candela filed an Emergency Motion for the immediate return of the child, and at that hearing, which was granted on an emergency basis, the mother was forced to turn the child over to the father, giving the father sole custody of the child pending the ultimate resolution of the case.

  • Family Law Case - Relocation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client (the father) accused his child’s mother of relocating the child out of state without the consent of the child’s father. Candela was able to obtain a court order to return the child to the state of Florida and to remain in her client’s care while establishing permanent custody and timesharing plans. After Candela’s successful litigation of the case, the Court ruled that the mother’s Petition for Relocation was denied, and that the child shall live primarily with Candela’s client in Florida, with summer and school break schedules allotted to the mother.

  • Family Law Case - Timesharing Violation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client was accused of violating a timesharing schedule agreed upon by both parental parties at the time the couple was divorced. The client’s child’s mother claimed that Candela’s client did not return the child for holiday timesharing at both Christmas and Easter. Candela had sent formal correspondence to the child’s mother regarding the dispute over the interpretation of the timesharing schedule, and when she did not agree, the father kept the child. The Court agreed with Candela’s interpretation of the timesharing schedule and found that her client was not in contempt for either holiday.

  • Family Law Case - Unilateral Medical-Related Decisions

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which she filed a Motion for Contempt on behalf of her client against the mother of his child for making unilateral medical-related decisions for the minor child without his knowledge. The Court agreed that the mother was in violation of the final judgment of their dissolution of marriage and held her in indirect civil contempt. The Court also ordered that the treatment in question cease immediately and that the mother be solely responsible for any and all costs related to that treatment. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the mother was not to make any unilateral decisions in the future and was to notify the father of any future appointments so that he could be present either over the phone or in person.

Client Testimonials

  • "I feel exceptionally fortunate having been referred to you."

  • "Rob has proven his extraordinary talent, perseverance, vast knowledge of the law, along with his professional demeanor and his ability to communicate and listen well."

  • "Your expertise, knowledge and professionalism put me at ease while you handled my out of state matters."

  • "I will be forever grateful for your assistance, understanding & concern on my divorce."

  • "Know anyone with the same amount of class, ethics and thoughtfulness and ability to execute as you?"

  • "The times we have with our granddaughter are a constant reminder of Rob’s highly effective work."

  • "Going through a divorce is a very traumatic event, but you all make your clients feel cared for and the trust factor is definitely felt."

  • "I would recommend them 200% to anyone who has to go through a divorce."

  • "I truly appreciate your brilliant legal minds and your professional protection of my desires and interests as pertaining to my home."

  • "If I ever have a friend who's going through a divorce, you will be the only name for me to recommend."

  • "Mr. Givens assured me that he was placing my needs in very good hands. He was correct because we are in a much better place because of your efforts."

  • "Stann is an intellectually gifted, highly motivated, knowledgeable attorney. He was truly a 'master negotiator.'"

  • "Rob, Thank you for your assistance and guidance throughout my divorce process. I will certainly recommend you to others seeking legal support."

  • "I appreciate you both always taking the time to answer all of my questions"

  • "Your joint efforts and hard work have finally brought a son and father together."

  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me."

  • "His research, preparation and professionalism is noteworthy in every aspect."

  • "Rob, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the time, effort and hard work you put into my case! Without your assistance, Madison would not be here with us in South Florida."

  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me. "

  • "His research, preparation and professionalism is noteworthy in every aspect. You have a brilliant attorney on your team."

  • Paula, thank you so much! You have been a true pleasure to work with through this difficult process. I really appreciate it.

  • "Rob, Thanks again for all of your help through this process. You and Paula have both been great."

  • "Ellen, this comes with sincere gratitude for a job well done. You have restored my faith in your profession. Thank you for always acting in my best interest."

  • "Ellen, I could not have been more fortunate in my legal representation!"

  • "I am very happy that I selected your firm and would not hesitate to give my highest recommendation."

  • "Rob, I wanted to say thank you for all your efforts in getting this agreement settled."

  • You have been wonderfully amazing. Thank you for everything. So grateful.

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At Givens Givens Sparks, your family is our family. As such, we promise to fight for each client and voraciously protect their best interests. Facing a family law issue? Get in touch with us to learn how we can help!

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