When most people think of family law, they think about divorce and the legal complications it brings. But, at Canan Law, our family law practice is much more than divorce. Along with divorce, we have helped hundreds of families in St. Johns County and northeast Florida with prenuptial agreements, child custody and support issues and paternity suits.
How Florida Divides Property And Debt In A Divorce
For many people getting a divorce, how property and debt will be divided is always one of the most controversial issues to deal with.
Nonmarital assets not connected to the marriage will not be considered by the court but will stay with the original party. Marital assets (and debts), however, will be divided by the court based on what's known as equitable distribution. This is not a 50-50 split but a division that the court considers fair.
Equitable Distribution Factors
A judge will look at various factors stipulated under Florida statute to determine what's considered a fair distribution including:
- Economic circumstances of the parties
- Interruption of personal career or education by a spouse
- Contribution by one spouse to the career or education of the other
- The desirability of one spouse retaining a particular asset
- The length of the marriage
- The desirability of retaining the marital home as a residence for dependent children
- Misconduct that depleted marital assets within two years of filing for divorce
We Are Lawyers Who Understand The Importance Of Family
Canan Law family law attorneys understand that most family law issues arise at a time of personal crisis or intense emotions.
With many years of experience in Florida family law, our lawyers possess both the expertise and the compassion to help you through difficult times and help you make solid decisions about the future of your family.
Helping You Modify Existing Support Or Custody Orders
We also understand that life is always changing; it's never set in stone. The need to modify an existing court order may be necessary for a wide variety of reasons. If you are interested in revisiting a prior child support, child custody or alimony agreement, we can help.
Contact our team at Canan Law to learn how we can help you resolve legal issues that affect the future of your family. To schedule an initial consultation, contact us online or by phone at 904-217-6209.