Fort Myers Divorce law firm of Leah Meshelle Snyder, PA
Since 1995, Leah Meshelle Snyder has helped families deal with challenging transitions centered in family law. For Myers Divorce Attorney Leah Meshelle Snyder, PA is a family law practice that focuses entirely on divorce and family law issues. Our emphasis on this one legal area differentiates our firm from other law firms that handle divorce in Fort Myers, who devote much of their time to a variety of legal areas.
We use our legal knowledge, experience, and expertise, to assist clients with their Fort Myers family law issues including:
-Matrimonial and family
-Post divorce modification
-Post paternity modification
We believe that effective handling of family matters is crucial because families are the building blocks of our society. Decisions made during your divorce can affect the rest of your life along with the lives of your children.
For many people, divorce is their first and only contact with the legal system. They do not understand their rights, how the laws apply to their situation, or how the court rules in situations like theirs. An experienced divorce lawyer in Fort Myers can answer questions, explain legal options, and offer valuable guidance so you are informed and can make the right decisions.
Understanding family laws and how the legal system works assists clients in the decision making process. The role of a divorce lawyer should be to tailor the legal approach based on the unique characteristics of each casewhether resolving issues through mediation, collaborative law, or courtroom litigation. While working in the best interests of the children and the family as a whole, there are times when a lawyer must also vigorously protect the client's rights. At the Fort Myers Divorce Lawyers office of Leah Meshelle Snyder, PA we listen carefully, respect our client's objectives, and always strive to reach a favorable outcome on behalf of our client.
We pledge our commitment to keep you updated on case progress and establish a close working client attorney relationship that guides you smoothly through the legal process.
2075 West First Street
Fort Myers FL 33901
Equal Distribution of Property
Florida and Fort Myers divorces are based on grounds of irretrievably broken marriage or mental incapacity of a spouse. Divorcing couples may settle divorce terms outside of court through negotiation, mediation, or collaborative law. Because of the high legal costs and animosity often generated by divorce litigation, many couples today opt to settle their divorce rather than go to trial. Collaborative divorce in Fort Myers, currently the newest legal dispute resolution alternative, allows couples to draw on opinions from their lawyers, financial consultants, marriage coaches, and various specialists to resolve issues. Divorce mediation, also an alternative dispute resolution method, uses a neutral third party, or mediator, to facilitate discussion leading to divorce settlement.
Both parents usually share in child support responsibilities. Florida courts use the Income Shares Model of Support, which calculates support based on net income (salary, wages, rental income, investments, trust income, benefitsworkers comp, retirement, unemployment, etc.).
When parents cannot come to an agreement on child custody issues, the court decides for them. Florida courts make the best interests of the children their priority in deciding custody cases and generally view that it is in the child's best interests to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents who share in responsibilities and the child's upbringing. Fathers are given the same consideration as mothers in determining primary residence for a child. Each case is weighed on an individual basis.
Equal Distribution of Property
Property division is not equally divided but is based on fair distribution, determined by factors such as marriage duration, spousal contribution to the other spouse's career, marital and non-marital assets, etc.
Whether the court allows alimony depends on marriage duration, age, physical condition, financial resources, and other factors. Spousal support may be determined on a temporary or permanent basis, or not at all.
Practice Areas: Family Law
Admitted: 1995, Florida; 1996, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Law School: University of Florida, J.D.
College: University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, B.S., 1991
Member: The Florida Bar; Lee County Bar Association; American Bar Associations; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Caloosa Inn of Court; Association of Family Law Professionals (Former Member of Board of Directors); Collaborative Lawyers of Southwest Florida.
Born: Mesa, Arizona, March 9, 1963
University of Florida
Juris Doctorate ,
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