Practice Center: Child Custody and Visitation

Most divorces are initiated by women

50% of all marriages will end in divorce

There are nearly 20,000,000 divorced adults

Approximately 70% of divorced men and 60% of divorced women remarry whether or not they have children, and most do so within five years

Orlando, Florida, Child Custody and Visitation Attorney

How will my children be affected by the decisions I make? When parents are experiencing a divorce or modifying a child custody arrangement, their first concern is often for the well-being of their children. At our Orlando, Florida, law office, lawyer Timothy Terry can speak with you about Florida law and help you make the decisions about child custody and visitation that will be best for your children. We know that legal issues regarding children can be complex. That's why we use our 25 years of experience to guide you through Florida law. Call today for a confidential consultation at 407-894-8551.

Timothy W. Terry, Attorney at Law
1407 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-894-8551
Fax: 407-894-2107
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The law office of Timothy W. Terry, Attorney at Law, represents clients in central Florida including Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Azalea Park, Bartow, Casselberry, Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Eustis, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Lake Mary, Leesburg, Melbourne, New Smyrna Beach, Ocoee, Ormond Beach, Oviedo, Palm Bay, Pine Hills, Port Orange, Rockledge, Sanford, St. Cloud, Titusville, Union Park, Winter Haven, Winter Park, and Winter Springs. We serve central Florida counties including Brevard County, Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, Polk County, Seminole County, Volusia County, and others.

Divorce Overview - The Basics

Contemplating divorce is always difficult. Whether you are sure you want to end your marriage or are still considering your options, it helps to learn the basics of divorce law and process. Should you conclude that divorce is necessary, it is very important that you seek the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Involving a knowledgeable family law attorney as soon as possible in the divorce process is one of the best ways to preserve your own long-term financial and emotional health.

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Division of Property

When there is little or no marital property, no children, no issues of alimony or spousal maintenance, amicable spouses can usually obtain a quick divorce. Most divorces, however, are quite different and far more complex. The typical divorce involves a union of many years with considerable marital property, both personal property and real estate, children, family businesses, large or concealed debts, trust funds, real estate in other states, joint and separate accounts, investments, insurance, pensions, and other assets.

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Questions to Ask During Divorce

Whether you should end your marriage is one of the most important and difficult decisions you will ever encounter. It is important to approach the question from a rational perspective rather than solely an emotional one. In many ways it is a business decision that requires you to evaluate many issues. Once you review this list of questions, you may rethink the direction you are headed, or you will be better prepared to move forward while working with an attorney.

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How to Move On

Recovering from a divorce is similar to the grieving process one experiences when a loved one dies. There are five stages in the process: shock and denial, anger, ambivalence, depression and recovery. Many people expect to work through these stages one after the other, but that isn't usually how it happens. You can expect to move in and out of each phase over time and sometimes experience more than one phase at the same time. It is a difficult process and time consuming. Family counselors advise it may take as long as two years to fully recover.

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An Amicable Divorce

Divorce is one of the most emotional experiences a person will ever face. The decision to end a marriage is not an easy one and is often accompanied with anger, fear, and resentment. The negative emotions associated with divorce are responsible for more than hurt feelings; they affect the final outcome of settlement negotiations. Most important, if children are involved, they will suffer. It is in your best interest to approach divorce from an amicable perspective. This will allow you to put on your business hat, which is critical for reaching a successful settlement. It will also allow you to put on your effective parent hat, which is critical for helping your children through this difficult process.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Q: What is a legal divorce?

A: A divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals. From a legal standpoint, your divorce will give each person the legal right to marry someone else, it will legally divide the couple's assets and debts, and determine the care and custody of their children. Each state addresses these issues differently, but there are some relatively uniform standards. Each state does have some type of "no fault" divorce laws that can significantly simplify the divorce process.

Q: What is a no fault divorce?

A: Traditionally, divorce was granted on the basis of some marital misconduct such as adultery or physical abuse. In these cases the "guilty" spouse was punished by getting a smaller share of the couple's property or being denied custody of their children while the "innocent" spouse was rewarded for being faithful to the vows of marriage. In a no fault divorce, however, both parties agree that there is no "fault" involved in the grounds for divorce. In fact, any misconduct is irrelevant to the divorce proceedings. A marriage can be terminated simply because the couple agrees that it is no longer salvageable.

Please note that states' laws differ on the issue of fault or no fault divorce. Among the 50 states, 15 provide no fault divorce as their residents' only choice; residents of other states may pursue fault based or no fault divorce.

Q: What is a fault-based divorce?

A: A "fault" divorce is one in which one party blames the other for the failure of the marriage by citing a legal wrong. Grounds for fault can include adultery, physical or mental cruelty, desertion, alcohol or drug abuse, insanity, impotence or infecting the other spouse with a venereal disease.

As noted above, please consider state guidelines regarding the types of divorce permitted in an individual state.

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1407 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-894-8551
Fax: 407-894-2107