The Burbine Law Firm P.A. currently has two convenient locations: Clearwater (main office) and Tampa, and we are always working to open an office near you. We offer representation throughout the entire state of Florida and can help with legal issues involving: Divorce and Family Law (e. g. child custody, child support law); Foreclosure and Real Estate Law; Estate Planning and Probate Law, Immigration, Business Law and Civil Appeals.
If you are facing a divorce or child custody battle in the state of Florida, you may find yourself facing many new challenges and stressors. Dividing assets can be a fraught process, full of conflict. Deciding where children will live and agreeing on visitation rights can be a complex and emotional matter. Furthermore, when alimony or child support questions enter the equation, it can be hard to know where to turn to for answers or for help. The Burbine Law Firm team is experienced to help you navigate the challenges of divorce and family litigation.
In order to obtain a divorce in Florida, you are required to prove to the courts that your marriage is irretrievably broken and at least one of the spouses must have lived in Florida for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. Florida is a “no fault” marriage, state, meaning that generally, fault isn’t considered in court, unless alimony, division of assets, or children are involved. Generally, there are two paths to divorce: regular dissolution of marriage and simplified dissolution of marriage. In the regular dissolution of marriage proceedings, one party must petition the court for a dissolution of marriage. Each party will furnish the court with financial documents. In some cases, and couple will draft a written agreement about how to divide assets, property, and timesharing (previously known as “child custody”). If the couple cannot resolve differences outside of court through this document or through Court ordered mediation, then the division of property and issues concerning minor children will be litigated in court and a judge will make final decisions.
Many factors are considered in the distribution of property and in awarding alimony in Florida. Florida law states that property should be distributed equitably. However, the court may consider many factors, including the economic circumstances of each spouse and the length of the marriage. Alimony is awarded depending on a number of factors including age; physical and emotional health of the spouses; income-earning potential; time needed to acquire education and training; and services rendered in child-rearing, home-making, and career-building. The Burbine Law Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve if you are entitled to alimony following a divorce.
Florida law provides that children have equal contact with both parents, provided there are no reasons that such contact would not be in the child’s best interests. Shared parental rights means that both parents have to be consulted before important decisions are made about child rearing. Either the courts, or a lawyer, can help divorcing parties negotiate parental duties, visitation, and decision-making regarding the children’s medical care, schooling, and religious practices. The Burbine Law Firm understands that divorce can place a great strain on families and children, and our team of lawyers can help you find the best resolution for yourself and for your children.
A simplified dissolution of marriage usually is performed when children, property, or assets and/or liabilities are not contested. Both parties must have no children under age 18, both must agree to use this process, and the wife must not be pregnant. Furthermore, both parties must have already agreed on division of property and must agree to not seek alimony. Even in the case of a simplified dissolution of marriage, many individuals choose to hire a lawyer to help them file the sometimes complicated paperwork properly. If you are facing divorce, it is important to find a lawyer who can serve your interests and help you receive the best possible resolution, either inside or outside of court
If you are facing a foreclosure, our firm can help litigate for you. Florida is a lien theory state, meaning that the owner of the property has ownership of the title, even though a mortgage is held by a lender. If a bank wants to foreclose, the bank must follow the proper judicial process. This process can take months or years and involves complex legal procedures. The Burbine Law Firm is experienced in defending foreclosures and will strive to help you with your goal, whether that be a loan modification, short sale, or deed in lieu of foreclosure.
The Burbine law firm handles all kinds of real estate law and can help with closings, sales, refinances, and other legal matters pertaining to the selling and buying of real estate.
In addition to divorce and family law and foreclosure and real estate law, the Burbine Law Firm handles all estate planning, trust, and probate matters. If you want to ensure that your financial legacy is protected from egregious taxation, and ensure that your estate is properly cared for by the people you designate, the Burbine Law Firm can help you find the peace of mind you seek. Furthermore, we can help ensure that your medical wishes are honored should you become seriously injured or incapacitated. You are not alone! The Burbine Law Firm can help.
The Burbine Law Firm also handles business law matters. We can help with contracts, forming corporations, partnerships, or limited liability companies; we can also help develop non-compete agreements, employment, and licensing of copyrights and trademarks.
The Firm also provides representation for immigration matters including asylum, visas, green cards, and most other immigration issues. The Burbine Law Firm is proud to offer an associate immigration attorney who is solely dedicated to all immigration clients. She is bilingual (Arabic) and boasts a 100% success rate for asylum petitions. We offer a free consultation so that you can determine what course of action is right for you and your family.
Finally, The Burbine Law Firm is pleased to offer representation for civil appeals, including interlocutory appeal, appeals of final orders, and extraordinary writs, to the Second District Court of Appeals. Appeals are complicated and time-sensitive, so do not hesitate to contact an attorney if you are thinking of appealing a decision in your case. Most of the time you have just 30 days to begin the appeal process, and a quality attorney will want time to review the potential bases for appeal prior to initiating an appeal with the court.
The firm’s core values are the foundation to our effective practice and ability to achieve results. Our exceptional team of Pinellas and Hillsborough lawyers are committed to upholding the highest standards by applying these principles to every case.
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Todd Burbine Esq.
The Burbine Law Firm, P.A. has office locations in Clearwater and Tampa.
Call The Burbine Law Firm, P.A. at our Toll Free Number 1(866) 670-5556 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.