Comprehensive Divorce
Representation Tailored to our Clients’ Needs

Dissolution of marriage is a life-changing event with significant legal and emotional consequences. Having a compassionate family law attorney to help you navigate the process can facilitate an easier transition for the entire family.

Boudreau Law Firm offers uncontested and contested divorce representation. Many divorces begin amicably but when disputes arise, a divorce can quickly escalate to litigation. Our comprehensive divorce services include the division of marital assets and debts, alimony, child support, and parenting plans. Attorneys Gayle Boudreau and Robert A. Sandow, Attorney of Counsel, can ensure that your divorce proceedings proceed in a favorable, expedient, and cost-effective manner. Our goal is to help you determine the best options to secure your future.

Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested or simplified dissolution of marriage, a couple acknowledges that the marriage is irretrievably broken. The divorcing spouses must fully agree to the terms of a divorce. There are specific criteria to meet, such as no dependent children under 18 and the wife cannot be pregnant. Neither party can be seeking alimony. They submit mutually agreed upon documents to the court for review, waiving their rights for a trial or an appeal.

Contested Divorce and Equitable Distribution

Financial disclosure is one of the most critical aspects of a contested divorce. Assets and debts acquired during the marriage are the responsibility of both parties. Based on the financial affidavits of both parties, the court orders a fair and reasonable settlement. An experienced family law attorney can uncover hidden assets and under-reported incomes of divorcing spouses. Some of the financial disclosure items are property valuations, bank accounts, investments, business assets, pension values, income, financial liabilities, and mortgage statements. Assets and debts incurred before marriage are protected and not subject to equitable distribution. High-asset divorces are complex and can require the resources of business and home appraisers, forensic accountants, and others to protect the client’s best interests.

Alimony and Child Support in Florida

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is based on the needs of the lower-income spouse and the ability of the higher-earning spouse to pay. To calculate alimony, the court considers the standard of living established during the marriage, the length of the marriage, and both parties’ age and health. Florida law recognizes five types of alimony, depending on the unique circumstances of each case.
According to Florida law, financial support from the parents is the right of every child. The Florida Child Support Guidelines provide a formula to calculate child support based on an income shares model. The payment is mainly based on the parent’s incomes, the number of overnight visits the child has with the non-custodial parent, and the child’s specific needs.

Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is designed to reflect the unique circumstances of each family. It guides the parent’s rights and responsibilities of raising a child. It includes custody and visitation arrangements, decisions about education, medical care, extracurricular activities, and communication between the parents regarding the child’s current and future needs.

Mediation before Litigation

Florida law mandates that a couple engage in mediation in a contested divorce. It is a negotiation process to resolve disputes, facilitated by a neutral, third-party mediator. Mediation can resolve contentious issues regarding finances, custody, and visitation rights. Disputed issues not resolved during mediation are settled in a courtroom litigation proceeding.

At Boudreau Law Firm, we Tailor our Legal Services to the Needs of Our Clients

We understand the challenges of ending a marriage. Our goal is to work collaboratively with our clients to help them make the right decisions within the framework of divorce law. Our attorneys make a significant difference for our clients, providing the most favorable outcome for a bright future. We are adept at handling post-judgment modification and enforcement of divorce decrees.

Boudreau Law Firm represents clients in the Third Judicial Circuit Court, which encompasses seven counties in Florida. Call us at 386-961-8001 to meet with a caring and experienced family law attorney. Appointments are scheduled for our Lake City office during our regular office hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Let us discuss strategies with you that will lead to successful resolutions.