Simplifying The Often-Complex Divorce Process
Divorce involves many difficult decisions about the things you care about most: your children, property and your finances. Many people find that having an experienced divorce lawyer in Gainesville by their side makes the process less daunting.
Attentive And Compassionate Legal Representation
At my law firm, Katherine E. Macdonald Attorney at Law, I strive to simplify the divorce process so you can focus on making the best decisions for your family. As an attorney since 1983, I am experienced in negotiating favorable agreements; however, if your case proceeds to trial, you can rest assured that I have extensive experience in litigated family law hearings. I will keep you informed every step of your case, so you will always know what to expect.
I will assist you with every step of the divorce process, including:
Equitable distribution: In Florida, there is a presumption that all marital property and debts will be divided equally between the spouses as a starting point. First, property must be classified as either marital or separate property; then, its value must be determined. I frequently work with experts to determine income and property valuation.
Parenting plans and time-sharing: The Florida courts no longer award “child custody” or “visitation.” Instead, the court assumes that parents will share parental responsibilities and parenting time will be outlined in a parenting plan.
Child support: The court will determine the amount of child support you are required to pay or entitled to receive. I will help ensure that this amount is fair under Florida law.
Alimony: There are many different types of alimony in Florida. Judges have broad discretion when awarding alimony and will consider many factors, including the length of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage and the incomes of each spouse. Whether you are defending against an alimony award or wish to negotiate a settlement with your spouse, I can help you.
Attorney’s fees: If one party is unable to afford legal fees in divorce, he or she may ask for the other spouse to pay attorney’s fees. I represent individuals who are requesting attorney’s fees as well as those who are defending against them.