We help reasonable people redefine family.
Family law is the law overseeing the relationship between children and parents, and between adults in close emotional relationships. Martin Law Group understands the difficulty individuals encounter when family challenges arise. As such, our compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced attorneys are available to provide counsel and representation on a variety of family law matters.
Our representation includes, child custody and visitation, adoption, child support, prenuptial agreements, and property division.
It has been our experience that dealing with familiar issues can be extremely stressful. Having the Martin Law Group at your side through this process can make the difference. Martin Law Group is able to provide you with the legal advice and legal help that one should gain from having an attorney. When analyzing your case, we work with you to provide you with everything you need to take reasonable steps toward the resolution of your case.
Martin Law Group takes pride in assisting our clients in the following areas:
Child Support Arrears
Contempt of Heart
Family Law Appeals
Family Law Mediation
Modification of Final Judgement
Pre Nuptial Agreements
Post Nuptial Agreements
With Martin Law Group, no matter the complexity of your case, we will devote our experience and knowledge to your family and your needs.
Parenting Plans, Time Sharing, and Your Parental Rights
In Florida, parenting plans known as time sharing have replaced traditional custody arrangements. Time sharing involves the guardianship, residency, and care of a child. Custody disputes can have a huge impact on your role as a parent, and a family lawyer can help you understand your options and rights.
How Custody is Determined
When determining which parent will get custody of a child, courts consider a variety of factors such as the parents’ financial and physical abilities to care for the child, their medical histories, vocations and habits. They also consider the emotional bond between each parent and child, as well as the wishes of both parents.
It is important to have a child custody attorney to help you negotiate for the custody rights you deserve. Martin Law Group represents mothers and fathers throughout the Orlando Florida area with all concerns regarding children. We will focus on working toward what’s right for you and your children.
Maintaining a Relationship with your Child through Shared Custody
In Florida, the court will act in what it believes to be the best interests of the child. In most cases, this means awarding generous time-sharing and shared parental responsibility to both parents. Parents should be aware that the court strives for parenting plans that provide the child with regular access to time with both parents over the course of the year. Though Florida technically does not utilize the term “joint custody,” this typical arrangement amounts to our common understanding of that term.
Martin Law Group, PL. helps parents create manageable solutions when it comes to time-sharing and decisions regarding education, medical care and upbringing. Whenever possible, we encourage parents to negotiate time-sharing arrangements through mediation. However, we are always prepared to assert your parental rights and protect your relationship with your children through litigation if necessary.
Child Custody Consultation with an Experienced Custody Lawyer
At Martin Law Group we are upfront and honest about what a parent can expect, what is reasonable and what is realistic. Martin Law Group, PL. focuses on saving you time and money while pursuing the options that are best for your family. Contact Martin Law Group, PL. today for a Consultation to discuss your child custody matter.
How is Child Support Determined in Florida?
Child support goes hand-in-hand with child custody. Child support is a court-ordered financial obligation, usually assigned to a non-custodial parent, to support and care for a child as he or she matures. The amount of child support a parent is required to pay is determined primarily by a statutory formula based on the income of both parents, the amount of overnights the child spends with each parent and the needs of the child. Martin Law Group, PL. can assign a dedicated family lawyer to help you understand and anticipate obligations regarding child support, so you can make informed decisions as we move forward.
When Do Child Support Payments End?
Child support generally ends when a child reaches the age of 18. In the past, laws required parents to file a petition and return to court to seek an order ending child support. However, with changes to the law enacted on January 1, 2011, any new child support order will list a date of self-termination, normally on the child’s 18th birthday.
Assistance with Child Support Enforcement
If you have an order for child support and are not getting paid, the other party may also owe you attorney’s fees for your efforts to enforce your rights. Call Martin Law Group, PL. for a consultation on child support enforcement. One of our family law attorneys can assist you with getting all of the back payment that may be due to you, in addition to getting attorney fees covered.
Child Support Consultation with a Qualified Family Lawyer
At Martin Law Group, PL. we are upfront and honest about what a parent can expect, what is reasonable and what is realistic. Martin Law Group focuses on saving you time and money while pursuing the options that are best for your family. Contact Martin Law Group, PL. today at (863)-949-0892 to discuss your child support matter with an experienced and dedicated family lawyer.
Watch Our Divorce Attorney's Story!
Antonio Martin, Esq experienced a divorce from his first marriage. During the process, he personally felt scared for his three loving daughters. Coming out on the other side of that process, helped him to have a better understanding of the process of divorce. This has allowed Mr. Martin an uncommon empathy for his clients.
Why Choose Martin Law Group?
If you are considering filing for divorce, you may be mulling over a hundred questions about your future. How will divorce affect your children? What will happen to your marital assets? Divorce can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. This is where we come in.
At Martin Law Group, our goal is to make divorce as easy as possible for all our clients. With more than a decade of experience in successfully guiding countless individuals through divorce, we are confident in our abilities to help you too.
We are prepared to assist with the following:
- Child custody & timesharing
- Child support
- Spousal support / Alimony
- Parental relocation
Domestic Violence & Abuse
Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can affect people mentally, emotionally, and physically and can severely impair a person’s ability to live a full and healthy life. Florida law states that domestic violence is violent or aggressive behavior resulting in the injury of a family or household member by another family or household member. Whether you have been party to domestic violence or had been charged with this type of crime, it is crucial that you seek legal advice from an experienced family lawyer about your rights and options.
Filing for an Injunction of Protection
An injunction of protection, often called a restraining order or protection order, is a court order that prevents abusers from contacting or visiting victims and their children. Martin Law Group, PL. can help you navigate the process of filing and receiving an injunction of protection to ensure the continued safety and well-being of you and your family.
Victims of domestic violence in Florida have the right to seek temporary injunctions to protect themselves if they feel their abusers are able to carry out the threat of harm against them.
Confidential Consultation from an Experienced Family Lawyer
If you are the victim of domestic abuse or you fear possible domestic violence, contact Martin Law Group to discuss your concerns in a confidential consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers specializing in domestic violence and domestic abuse. We can help you understand the options available to you.
Paternity & Father’s Rights
Understanding Father’s Rights & Responsibilities
When unmarried parents have a child, the father has no legal custody rights unless he asserts them through a paternity action. However, he may still be obligated to pay child support. If you are an unmarried father, protect your parental rights by consulting with an experienced Florida paternity lawyer.
If you are an unmarried father –or if a woman with whom you had a relationship claims you fathered a child and wants support—prompt, decisive action can be critical. Under Florida’s “Natural Guardian” statute, Fla. Stat. 744.301, the only way to establish legal custody rights and other rights to involvement with your child is to file an action for paternity. All too often, fathers rely on informal agreements to maintain contact with their children and avoid problems with child support. This can lead to serious regrets and financial liabilities.
Assistance Obtaining Paternal Rights
At Martin Law Group, PL. we represent fathers and mothers in paternity actions in Orlando, Florida, and throughout the surrounding region. We help fathers “activate” their rights through paternity actions and help couples establish clear time-sharing and support obligations. By offering honest, upfront counsel, we seek to help you assert your rights and maintain your relationship with your child.
In common language, paternity is a test used to determine the biological father of a child. But in a civil law proceeding, it is used to resolve custody and child support issues for unmarried parents. Paternity issues are common in cases involving child support, but can also be a factor in adoption, inheritance, custody, visitation and health care.
If you are asked to pay child support for a child you aren’t sure is yours, it is important to determine paternity now. If DNA testing proves that you are the father, you may be liable for back child support on payments that have not been made. Contact us for more information.
Protecting Your Relationship with Legal Action
Martin Law Group, PL. understands that as a father, a man has a right to spend time with his child and take part in the child’s upbringing. However, this may not be an option if he has not legally asserted his parental rights. Once the rights are established, if the mother of the child is upset or has a disagreement with the father, she can’t choose to force him out of the child’s life. Establishing paternity can also keep the mother from relocating with the child if this would adversely affect the child and the father’s time-share rights.
If you are a father and not married to your child’s mother, it is important that you contact a paternity lawyer to assert your parental rights. Establishing paternity legally could also greatly reduce your child support obligation. Martin Law Group has experience representing unmarried fathers in paternity actions. Martin Law Group, PL. will help you take the necessary steps to protect your rights to interact with your child and to ensure that you will play an active role in your child’s future.
Consultation on Parental Rights with an Experienced Family Lawyer
At Martin Law Group, PL., we are upfront and honest about what parents can expect and help them form realistic goals. Contact us or call us at (863) 949-0892 today for a brief consultation to discuss your case in more detail with one of our family law attorneys.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Who Needs a Prenuptial Agreement?
Our firm, Martin Law Group PL. , strongly recommends that a couple that is intending to marry create a prenuptial agreement with the assistance of an experienced family lawyer. Many people believe that these types of agreements are only drafted when one or both parties have a high net worth. A prenuptial can benefit any couple by preventing conflicts if there is ever a divorce, including marriages in which:
-One party earns more or less than the other
-This is a second marriage
-One or both of the parties will be entering the marriage with children
-One or both parties have considerable debts
-One or both parties have certain assets they wish to keep as separate property (non-marital property)
Prenuptial Agreements & Business Ownership
Anyone that owns a business who is planning to marry should also consider the many benefits of having an agreement in place if there is a divorce. Discussing issues such as asset division and alimony when a marriage is floundering is one of the worst times for a couple to work out a divorce agreement. It is much easier to address these matters before the marriage takes place, when both parties are committed to each other’s well-being. If you are planning to marry, contact Martin Law Group, PL. to speak with a qualified family lawyer who can help you learn how to draft a pre-marital agreement that will help protect your future security.
What is a Postnuptial Agreement?
A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement, only it is written after a couple is married. It addresses the same issues, such as property division and spousal support if the marriage ends in divorce. Discussing these matters with your spouse now can result in a fair and equitable agreement, and reduce the possibility of litigation if your marriage breaks up. When preparing your pre or postnuptial agreement, a knowledgeable family law attorney at Martin Law Group, PL. will listen closely to your areas of concern, and help you work through any agreement-related issues with your spouse.
Get a Prenuptial Agreement Consultation!
Contact Martin Law Group at (863) 949-0892 for a consultation if you are seeking a pre or post-nuptial agreement.
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