Florida Family Lawyers Provide Knowledgeable Advice and Staunch Advocacy
Pensacola law firm represents clients in marital, custody and other matters
When youâ€™re ending a marriage or establishing parenting rights, the representation you receive can have a lasting impact on the well-being of you and your loved ones for years to come. The Pensacola attorneys of Westberry & Connors, LLC have the skill and sensitivity to handle family legal matters with the highest degree of professionalism and care. As a family-owned firm whose members offer more than 55 years of combined legal experience, we understand how to deliver successful resolutions even when the conflicts are bitter or emotional. Whether you reside in the Florida Panhandle, Louisiana or Alabama, we safeguard your rights so that you can move past family challenges with confidence.
Skillful divorce advocates protect the rights of spouses
Our accomplished lawyers will make sure that you are not intimidated into accepting unfair divorce terms due to the stress and uncertainty of the situation. We will advise you on each legal issue, including:
- Filing â€” To file for divorce in Florida, one spouse must have been a state resident for at least six months. While Florida divorce is only granted on a no-fault basis, evidence of marital misconduct might be relevant in decisions on property division or alimony.
- Property division â€” When couples split, courts allocate assets and debts based on the principle of equitable distribution. Though courts usually start with the presumption that the split should be even, judges will award more to one spouse when they consider that to be a fairer result. Our attorneys will insure that all relevant factors are brought to the courtâ€™s attention.
- Alimony â€” Several types of alimony exist in Florida, and judges review several factors when making spousal support determinations, including the length of the marriage, the ages of the partners, and the earning ability of each. Often, terms are designed to allow ex-spouses who did not work outside the home the opportunity to develop the skills and experience necessary to support themselves.
In many cases, issues can be resolved without going to court. We are strong negotiators who will work hard to reach consensus when it serves your best interests, often saving you time and expense in the process.
Diligent legal support for parents involved in child custody disputes
Decisions regarding the custody of minor children must be made with the utmost care. Though courts are bound to make decisions that are in the best interests of the child, it takes an assertive, experienced attorney to ensure that the judge has all of the necessary information. Our lawyers provide comprehensive advocacy for determinations of parenting time and legal responsibility. In most cases, courts seek to maintain strong bonds between the child and both parents, but if circumstances make this impossible or dangerous, we will argue for an arrangement that protects your childâ€™s well-being. When one parent is awarded residential custody, we will argue for fair time-sharing terms.
Assisting with adoption and paternity proceedings
Raising children is the most important responsibility a person can have. When people choose to take on the responsibility of adopting a child, legal and procedural obstacles can be quite frustrating. Whether youâ€™re looking to add a child from the United States or another country, our firm will guide you through each step of the process. We are also able to help establish paternity rights and obligations when a question or dispute exists.
Contact a dedicated Pensacola family law attorney
Westberry & Connors, LLC represents clients throughout the Florida Panhandle in employment, personal injury and family law matters. We also serve clients in Alabama and Louisiana. Please call 850-473-0401 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Pensacola office.