Primarily focuses on family law issues, including divorce, custody, paternity, child support, modification issues, alimony modification, and associated issues.
Established in 1988 after leaving prior firm/employer and became sole practitioner.
The recovery of attorney fees and costs are often a significant issue in family law litigation. Everyone hopes for an uncontested divorce where the parties are able to discuss and agree as to the issues in the family, and then enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement which resolves the issues without the expense and emotional trauma of a trial.
Recently, this office concluded its participation in a matter in which there was considerable controversy. The matter included hearings in front of the General Magistrate, the Hearing Officer, the Trial Judge, mediations, obtaining court orders, violation of the court orders by the opposing party, resulting contempt hearings for the violation of the court orders, trial, an appeal, and multiple post trial issues. The award of attorney fees and costs was a significant issue for the Parties. The end result was an award of Trial Attorney fees, Appellate Attorney fees, costs, and an award of fees for the "Contempt Issues" all of which totaled more than $35,000. Factors in each case are different, however, diligence paid off in this case.
Child custody and removal of the child from the jurisdiction of the court and the "Parent" by the other party is a serious issue. Our community has a great cultural diversity, and, as a result thereof, there frequently are international issues for the parties and the attorneys to consider when representing a party, and when crafting a Marital Settlement Agreement. Even when considerable care is exercised, there may be a violation of the agreement or a removal of the child from the other Party. Fortunately, there are some steps to take to reduce the possibility of an improper removal of the child from the court's jurisdiction. In the event that a violation occurs, prompt action is needed. The international agreement which facilitates the return of the child is known as the "Hague Convention" agreement(s). It is critical to be aware that not all the countries are participants in the Hague Convention agreements, and a failure to be a participating member often creates significant problems when a party seeks to compel the return of a child that was removed from the United States of America. In the event that a client suspects that unauthorized international travel or relocation may be an issue, the client must advise the attorney of those fears so that protective actions may be sought.
Once a violation occurs, immediate protective and corrective actions are crucial to facilitate eventual recovery of the child.
This office has been successful in assisting in the recovery of a child removed by a party to a country which was not a member of the "Hague Convention," and the offending party was forced to return the child to the client, as a result of the actions which occurred as a result of the information provided by the client, and alert immigration officials.
1951 NW 150th Ave.
Pembroke Pines FL 33028
Free limited initial consultation.
10% discount if clients mention Nolo.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cristina, Tracy, and Terese.
I found that I could really make a difference in someone's life by representing them in a field that is so personal.
I have always encouraged clients to learn about their issues. It enables the client to more completely assist in the issues of the case.
All documents are reviewed in preparation for proper representation.
I will offer general issue advice only. I require full representation to understand all facts related to the issues before offering any specific advice.
In-house counsel for insurance company.
Litigator with prior private firm.
The ability to "listen," understand, and respond learned from varied education and life experiences.
I enjoy public speaking and "thinking on my feet," which makes me an effective litigator.
I prefer to be direct and to provide all options and choices to assist the client in making any decisions necessary.Personal interests:
Family, fishing, boating, photography. Father of five.
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