Brandon Legal Group,
Family Law & Divorce


​Experienced legal counsel for your Family ​Law, Personal Injury, Criminal, Estate ​Planning and ​Business Law needs.

Our Promise

Providing enthusiastic legal counsel with
confidence, integrity, and
compassion.

Vigorous client representation has been our guiding principal 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


Divorce is a sensitive issue and is rarely simple.  Divorce affects families hard and is filled with pressing issues such as child support and custody, homeownership, and alimony.

Military Divorce


Military divorces are filled with many nuances such as military pay, military retirement funds, and BAH. These assets are treated differently from civilian assets and require an experienced attorney to properly navigate them.
Same​ Sex Divorce


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.
Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce may be faster and cheaper than a traditional divorce but it may not be right for everyone.  Multiple BLG attorneys have gone through special training to learn and understand the processes involved in facilitating a collaborative divorce.
Alimony

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.
Child Support

Child support is another essential financial matter you must address. Child support is intended to be paid from one parent to another. Its purpose is to assist with the financial burden of raising a child.
Child Custody ​

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.

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Divorce Attorneys

Divorce is a sensitive issue and is rarely simple.  Divorce affects families hard 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 in 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.

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Military Divorce

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 do 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 spouse 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.

Same Sex 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 seam-sex divorce.  Our experienced attorneys are up to date on recent events within the community and will support you through this troubling time.
collaborative Divorce
Collaborative Divorce

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. 


Alimony Attorneys

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.
Child Support

Child ​Custody
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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.


​Child Support

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 are funds 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
Our client had gotten a divorce two years earlier.  In the Marital Settlement Agreement, her former husband was to pay her 50% of the proceeds from the sale of his medical practice. 

The former husband requested that she agree to a lower amount, indicating that once she exhausted that money, he would seek to obtain sole custody of their son.  
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
It's too expensive to call an attorney.​

​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 10 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 attorney’s 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.
WHO WE ARE
Full service law firm serving the greater Brandon and Tampa area.

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 80 years of experience committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Our​
Philosophy

Litigation can be laden with emotion and uncertainty, we pride ourselves on providing enthusiastic legal counsel with confidence, integrity, and compassion. Our attorneys are committed to providing you with unmatched support and attention. We will listen carefully to your concerns, answer all of your questions, and work with you to help you overcome any obstacles. We will aggressively represent your rights and best interests through each step of your case so that you receive the best possible legal outcome.
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Meet Our Attorneys

Ingrid Hooglander Brandon Attorney
Ingrid
Hooglander

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.


David Faulkner Brandon Attorney
David
Faulkner

Prior to joining Brandon Legal Group, David was an FBI Special Agent assigned to the Public Corruption Unit in Miami.  Today he uses that "other side of the fence" experience as a practicing lawyer with over two decades experience representing clients in federal and state criminal cases.

Mr. Faulkner also represents clients in various types of family law cases and has a Florida Class C Private Investigator License.


Luke Mattson Brandon Attorney
Luke​
Mattson

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.

Donelle White Brandon Attorney
Donelle
White

Ms. White was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and has been a Brandon resident since 1993. Since graduating from Temple University, she has concentrated on Personal Injury, VA Disability, and Workers’ Compensation cases.

When she has the time, Ms. White enjoys finding her way to the golf course, and working with various organizations around the area including the Brandon Junior Women’s Club, and the American Cancer Society.

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Ingrid is a gifted attorney with significant subject matter experience in family law matters.  She has a ton of experience and is an expert in this practice area.  She is a hard worker and puts clients first.  She is able to gain exceptional results for her clients.  Without hesitation I endorse Ingrid.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Grounds for Divorce in Florida?


Florida calls divorce a "dissolution of marriage." Florida is a "no fault" divorce state, which means that spouses only need to tell a court that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" in order to get a divorce. Some other states call this "irreconcilable differences." In this case, either spouse may file for the dissolution of marriage.

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What Can I Expect to Lose in 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?


Alimony is no longer a forgone conclusion.

There are several factors that will determine wether or not a judge will require alimony ranging from the duration of the marriage, to each spouses ability to support themselves or their "capacity" to support themselves outside of the marriage.

​Brandon Legal Group

​Easy To Find And Convenient Hours

Hours

Monday          ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Tuesday          ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Wednesday    ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Thursday        ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Friday              ​8:00 AM-5 PM

Saturday         Closed 

Sunday            Closed

(Closed Daily from 12:30 - 1:30)
OFFICES

Brandon Office
A full service law firm
1209 Lakeside Drive
Brandon FL, 33510

Available by appointment

Wesley Chapel Office
27524 Cashford Circle # 102
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544


Lakeland Office
122 E. Main St # 249
Lakeland, FL 33801


Tampa Office
5401 W. Kennedy Blvd #100
Tampa, FL 33609




THE BLG DIFFERENCE 

​Our skill sets allow us to provide many legal services to our clients and to resolve complex legal issues that are often intertwined. We are able to leverage our internal resources to keep cases in-house. Without the need to outsource a matter, we have the opportunity to find a more efficient resolution.

Brandon Legal Group is a full service Tampa Bay trial law firm that represents clients throughout the state of Florida. Our ultimate goal is to protect your rights and pursue the best available legal outcome. With more than 85 years of combined legal experience, BLG is well qualified to pursue the best legal outcomes for clients of varying needs.


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