Tampa Family Law and Divorce Lawyer; Legal counseling and litigation services for families in crisis
At the Law Office of Peter Scaglione, Jr., our attorney and staff extend personal care and understanding to families undergoing some of the most traumatic moments in their personal lives. Our firm offers trial services for family law, matrimonial law and divorce law disputes. Our firm believes strongly in a biblical and Christian worldview that guides all the decisions of Family Law and Divorce. Our firm is dedicated to protecting a client's rights and interests both in and out of court. We recommend a non-adversarial approach because (1) litigation is expensive and (2) mediation is generally more effective; however, we have over three decades of trial experience in Family Law. Mediation Our attorney believes that peaceful resolution of home-based conflict through mediation often leads to more fulfilling and holistic outcomes at faster and more affordable rates. There are many other benefits associated with mediation. A recent divorce mediation study showed that parties involved in mediation are likely to comply with the agreement because each party proactively voiced their concerns and negotiated the terms of the outcome. Furthermore, the study has demonstrated a high degree of correlation between mediated resolutions and non-custodial parent involvement in child rearing. Our firm makes it a priority to put the family's best interests first sometimes going so far as to recommend the services of church counseling and therapists to diffuse a brewing crisis. Litigation Adversarial courtroom proceedings allow a judge to settle the conflict when the litigants themselves cannot find middle ground. The court sets the timeline for appearances and makes the final determination as to the outcome. An attorney serves in this setting to communicate the facts effectively so as to compel the judge to rule in his client's favor. Our attorney has honed his trial skills in family court for almost 4 decades. He brings substantive legal knowledge and expansive trial skill to the practice of family law litigation. The Law Office of Peter Scaglione, Jr. extends a helping hand to husbands, wives, parents, children, exes, grandparents, stepparents and new parents in need of legal services. Our firm stands ready to fight in trial court. Our practice envelopes a broad range of practice areas, including contested divorce, uncontested divorce, paternity, modifications, alimony, child support and prenuptial agreements. We also provide for estate planning including wills, powers of attorney and other estate planning documents. Our fees are meant to be affordable. Our attorneys and staff are committed to helping clients obtain swift and just resolutions to litigated matters. We strive to help you avoid expensive and messy family or divorce battles, but we are prepared to fight for you if litigation is the only option. From offices located in Tampa, we proudly serve many regions throughout Florida, including Pinellas and Pasco County. To take advantage of a free 30-minute telephone consultation with Mr. Scaglione, please call (813) 872-8543 or e-mail us at your earliest convenience. We respond to all calls and e-mails within one business day.
2127 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tampa FL 33607
Florida Family Law and Matrimonial Law Practice
At the Law Office of Peter Scaglione, Jr., our attorney and staff aim to balance the interests of feuding families or couples to achieve swift resolutions at reasonable and affordable rates. Our philosophy is that it is better to resolve matters earlier in mediation rather than allowing the case to languish in court. We take pride in being proactive in our approach to resolving marital and financial conflict. The scope of our family law practice encompasses: Divorce Child custody and visitation Child support and child support modifications Florida Department of Revenue issues Modifications of final judgments Alimony modifications Paternity actions Throughout the process of resolving your legal issue, our firm keeps the focus on what's important your family, your future and your finances. In some cases, we can refer clients to a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person who can ease a difficult transition. To schedule a free 30-minute telephone consultation with an attorney at our firm, please call (813) 872-8543 or e-mail us at your earliest convenience. We answer all calls and e-mails within one business day. Divorce The process of separating a household, dividing assets and sharing custody can strain already tense divorce situations. Attorney Peter Scaglione, Jr. takes the time to provide each client with the information and knowledge they need to make the right decisions during the divorce. In the mediation setting, he facilitates resolution through creative problem-solving. In the courtroom setting, he is an aggressive advocate for each client's legal rights. Our firm handles contested divorce, uncontested divorce, and prenuptial agreements. In addition, our attorney and staff are skilled with equitable division of the marital assets and debts, including residences, bank accounts, retirement accounts, pensions, investment accounts, family businesses or other jointly held possessions. Child custody and visitation A relationship with a child is a priceless commodity. Attorney Peter Scaglione, Jr. advocates for the rights of parents who are seeking legal custody, physical custody, sole custody, joint custody, visitation or paternity verification. Should litigation be necessary, he will aggressively defend your rights in court. He has represented parents, grandparents, stepparents, adoptive parents and other related parties in attaining custody or visitation rights. In some cases, he has also coordinated with the biological parent to terminate parental rights. Child support and child support modifications Child support is meant to equalize the financial burden of raising a child between both parents. The payments can be applied as a percentage of costs associated with education, day care, medical insurance or other needs. Attorney Peter Scaglione, Jr. handles litigation related to child support collections, child support arrears and post-decree modifications of child support arrangements. Our attorney understands that a dramatic change in circumstances including job loss or disability can affect the non-custodial parent's ability to keep up with necessary payments. Our attorney is familiar with the process of getting child support decrees reviewed by the Florida courts. Florida Department of Revenue issues The Florida Department of Revenue is the governmental agency that regulates child support obligations. Attorney Peter Scaglione, Jr. has handled issues relating to payment discrepancies, modifications to existing support orders, collections litigation, absent parent location, arrears litigation and much more. Our attorney offers clients the practical advice and knowledgeable counsel they need to navigate the Department of Revenue system. Modifications of final judgments Relocation, job loss and remarriage are three common reasons why a divorce judgment might need to be altered. Issues of custody and visitation might arise when the custodial parent decides to relocate in order to seek a better employment opportunity or to pursue a new relationship. Job loss has the consequence of straining the non-custodial parent's ability to pay child support on time and in full. Remarriage may implicate issues of alimony and stepparent adoption. These concerns are easily addressed with the help of an experienced attorney like Peter Scaglione, Jr. For more than 34 years, Mr. Scaglione has been helping families resolve disputes over custody and support. Alimony modifications The prospect of paying for alimony over an extended period of time can seem unpleasant to the payor spouse, but the rationale behind alimony is that it equalizes for sacrifices that the payee spouse made during the course of the marriage. Many factors play into the calculation of alimony, including the length of the marriage, the age of the parties, the relative income of the parties and whether one parent stayed at home to raise the children.
Peter Scaglione, Jr. has received numerous awards in the field of Matrimonial and Family Law. Mr. Scaglione has shared his knowledge with others through service as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tampa, St. Leo University and Hillsborough Community College. He has given talks on family law topics and has been a guest speaker at legal education seminars in the Tampa Bay Area.
1977, Florida Bar
1977, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
1977, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
1998, University of South Florida, Mediation Training in Family Law
Mr. Scaglione is a native of Tampa, Florida and a graduate of Jesuit High School. He is married with three children and three grandchildren. Mr. Scaglione graduated from the University of Tampa in 1972 with a B.A. degree in American History. He received his J.D. degree in Law in 1976 from the Vermont Law School. Mr. Scaglione worked in the Vermont House of Representatives before moving back to Florida in 1977. He was admitted to the Florida Bar on May 31,1977. He has been in sole practice since 1979 and specializes in Matrimonial and Family Law cases. He has handled thousands of both simple and complex Family Law cases in his nearly four decade legal career. In his spare time Mr. Scaglione is an assistant high school baseball coach, an antique VW car enthusiast and enjoys hunting White Tail deer in South Carolina and Florida.
Mr. Scaglione is a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section, the American Family Law Inns of Court in Tampa, Florida, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Personal affiliations and beliefs
Mr. Scaglione is an attorney who takes comfort in the Christian faith. He is affiliated with local Christian church groups including Grace Family Church and Idlewild Baptist Church and represents clients in Divorce and Family Law matters. Mr. Scaglione understands the complicated forces competing within individuals who share his Christian faith in dealing with complex divorce and Family Law issues. Divorce is never easy for anyone, but be rest assured your rights will be protected when selecting Mr. Scaglione as your attorney.
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