Brandon Family Law & Divorce Attorney
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Whether you are looking for a divorce, or have a final judgment that needs tweaking our experienced family law attorneys are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
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Vigorous client representation has been our guiding principle since our start in Brandon in 2008. Our entire mission is built around one thing, protecting our clients' interests’ legally in Tampa Bay and throughout the state of Florida. From Divorce & Family Law to Criminal Defense and from Business & Civil Litigation to Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation, our team of experienced trial attorneys are ready to protect you.
Our attorneys work diligently to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care and respect for your time and of course, your wallet. We truly believe that each client deserves the highest quality representation possible, and we provide personal attention at each stage of the legal process.
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Divorce is a sensitive issue and is rarely simple. Divorce can be devastating for families and is filled with pressing issues such as child support and custody, home ownership, asset division and alimony. Our divorce attorneys have experience in courtrooms throughout the Greater Tampa Bay Area, and across the State of Florida. When you are experiencing an emotionally charged and legally challenging time, you need someone you can trust on your side. Our attorneys are here to provide you with the legal guidance and support you need.
Divorce can involve some difficult decisions. It’s hard to make the right choices without being fully informed. We will encourage you to think about a variety of outcomes pertaining to your divorce including: property division, alimony and child support. It’s important to us that all of our clients understand their options and have considered all the possible outcomes of their individual matter.
Every divorce is different. There are issues that arise in certain cases of divorce that may not be necessary to address in another. When one or both spouses are in the military, there may be implications that become far more difficult to settle. Active deployments and military retirements are just a few of the areas that may need to be addressed when pursuing a divorce within a military family. Our attorneys are ready to provide military members or their spouses the experienced representation they need.
Your marriage did not need to occur in Florida in order to be divorced in Florida. If you have lived, or been stationed, in Florida it could be possible for you to file for divorce in the state. One of the benefits of divorcing in Florida is that you can obtain a no fault divorce. This means that neither party needs to have done anything in particular to warrant the divorce.
In 2015 legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Florida created a new reality, same-sex divorce. A same-sex relationship can come to an end just like any other. It is imperative to recognize the issues and complexities involved. In the state of Florida, divorce is treated the same for same sex couples as any other couple. It is however, important to recognize the issues involved. We are able to acknowledge all the issues that are the same as any other marriage as well as the areas where there may be subtle differences.
Along with same-sex marriage, same-sex divorce is still relatively new. There were previously some issues about who could be granted a same-sex divorce in Florida. Now anyone married in Florida or another state can seek a same-sex divorce. Our experienced attorneys are up to date on recent events within the community and will support you through this troubling time.
Divorce can be an emotionally trying process, but it doesn’t have to involve a bitter fight. Thanks to collaborative divorce, you can dissolve your marriage more quickly and efficiently. You and your spouse could be divorced in a faster, less costly manner with minimal animosity. Our trained collaborative divorce attorneys can help you decide if this is the right choice for you.
As the name suggests, the aim of collaborative divorce is for you and your spouse to work together. All of the questions associated with a traditional divorce will be answered with a collaborative divorce. The process avoids cultivating a “me against them” attitude. Instead, you both approach the divorce recognizing that you have the same ultimate goal: to remain amicable. It avoids any decisions motivated by spite, bitterness, or anger. At the beginning of a collaborative divorce, both parties and their attorneys will sign a document. It confirms that you will work together to make decisions for the divorce to be finalized.
Dissolving your marriage often means a change in financial circumstances for one or both parties. Alimony may be awarded to a party in order to help maintain a certain standard of living. Some reasons for this include but are not limited to being the lower wage earner or being a stay-at-home parent.
Our experienced attorneys can advise you on the entire alimony process including possible payment amounts, durational alimony, or permanent alimony. When an agreement cannot be reached, the court will decide if alimony is necessary and specify an amount.
Divorce, separations, or single parent situations often result in bickering regarding where the child will live and how much time each parent will spend with the child. Well written Parenting Plans help govern this portion of the parent’s separation and often become the basis for contempt down the road. Determining what is best for the child is paramount although it is rare that the parents agree. This is where having an experienced attorney assist you along the way becomes vital in receiving the best outcome for your child.
Divorcing or separating when you have kids can be difficult for the whole family. Your children might feel that their lives are disrupted and their world is changing. Along with the questions of custody and visitation, you are likely to face a number of financial issues. Getting divorced might mean finding somewhere new to live, and having a lower income. Child support is money paid from one parent to another for the purpose of assisting with the financial burden of raising a child. These funds are some of the most heavily contested items in many divorces, separations, or single parent situations.
Dealing with child support can be stressful and upsetting. We recognize that it’s a difficult matter to handle, which is why we are here to help. We will reassure you throughout the process of determining, modifying, or enforcing a support order.
Case Study: Because legal issues rarely stand their own
She came to the office for post-judgment help.
We were able to have the spouse’s accounts frozen until he complied with the original terms of the Marital Settlement Agreement.
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Debunking Attorney Myths
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At Brandon Legal Group, your initial consultation is free. Personal Injury cases are offered on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no out-of-pocket expenses unless there is a financial recovery in your favor. In other matters, if you think an attorney representing you is too expensive, imagine living without seeing your children or spending the next ten years in prison…
Having an attorney makes you look guilty.
You may be great at a lot of things, but when is the last time you were lead counsel in a criminal matter? Every individual has a constitutional right to experienced legal counsel no matter the magnitude of the matter. In many instances, the Court may prefer working with experienced Counsel rather than a layman, as all litigating parties will be held to the same legal standard and process.
Lawyers just complicate the process.
Experienced attorneys should foresee pitfalls in your case and reduce the chances of last-second surprises that delay or disrupt the finalization of your legal matter. Attorneys know the process, know the nuances of varying judges' courtrooms, and can provide you with the proper resources to make the best decisions in your matter.
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When you place your legal matter in the hands of our experienced Brandon Legal Group attorneys, you are placing it in the hands of professionals with over 40 years of experience committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
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Meet Our Attorneys
In 2008 after gaining years of experience under the watchful eyes of her predecessors, Ms. Hooglander opened her own private practice that has grown into what Brandon Legal Group is today.
Her weight lifting and Kick Boxing training contribute to a reputation as a "force of nature" in both her personal life and her presence in the court room.
Mr. Mattson found his niche in family law and has focused his practice in that area since 2000. In particular, Luke often handles matters involving divorce, timesharing, parenting plans, child support, alimony, paternity, and civil domestic violence.
Mr. Mattson might look like he’s all business, but you'd be surprised to discover the incredible fun loving attitude he brings to the practice. When outside the courtroom, Mr. Mattson can often be found watching Lightning games or riding his bike around downtown Tampa.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are grounds for Divorce in Florida?
In this case, either spouse may file for the dissolution of marriage.
What can I expect to lose in a Divorce?
Florida is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that courts will divide property in a way it believes to be fair, which is not necessarily an equal split.
The family law and divorce attorneys at Brandon Legal Group will work with you to protect your assets as much as possible in your divorce proceeding.
Will I have to pay Alimony / will I receive Alimony?
There are several factors that will determine whether or not a judge will award alimony. These range from, the duration of the marriage, to each spouses ability to support themselves and/or their “capacity” to support themselves outside of the marriage.
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