Hillsborough County

11256 Boyette Rd, Riverview, FL 33569

Pasco County

2236 Ashley Oaks Circle, Ste. 102 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

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(813) 850-0025

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Family Law and Estate Planning Services For Your Family

Our Services

Our Family Focused Legal Services

At Summerfield Law you will find a team of attorneys that put your family’s needs first. Whether those needs are getting through divorce, guidance through Estate Planning, or Probate disputes. Before everything else, we are about staying by your side through hard choices.
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Alimony Attorney

In Florida, alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, is when one spouse is ordered to financially support the other following a divorce.

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Child Support Attorney

Even though Child support payments in Florida are regulated by statute, making an accurate support award calculation can still be challenging.

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Administering probate can be a relatively simple procedure. Courts are not involved in the administration of approximately 90% of estates.

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Estate Planning

Everyone should engage in basic estate planning. Estate planning is preparing to ensure your desires are carried out after your death, your family is saved from excessive expenditure and delay, and someone you trust will be in control if you cannot manage independently.

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Custody Attorney

Child custody is the most contentious aspect of any divorce, as it should be. Custody, also called Time Sharing, determines how parents will raise their children and can affect their future well-being.

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Divorce Attorney

By outlining your choices, the experienced attorneys at Summerfield Law Office might be able to reduce some of the tension, and expense, in those divorces where both sides are not too far apart.

Family Law Divorce, Estate Planning & Probate

We pride ourselves on our passion for justice and compassion for our clients. At Summerfield Law Office, we focus on helping people get their legal needs met. Our main focus is matters that impact the family. Whether that impact is the pain of divorce, planning for the family’s future needs throught estate planning, or protecting family legacy through Probate, we are here to serve.

Summerfield Law FAQs

Marriage, legitimacy, adoption, child abuse, divorce, annulment, property division, alimony, parental responsibility, child custody and visitation, are some of the areas.

In the past, family lawyers were expected to advocate for the client at any cost. There is a movement supported by many family law attorneys and judges to use constructive conflict resolution that protects the parties, especially children.

This is referred to as “constructive advocacy” and promotes the client’s best interest, meaning the well-being of children, family peace, and economic stability.

Courts increasingly disfavor the use of terms like “winner” and “loser” in the family court process.

A divorce process where all parties are committed to negotiating through the process, rather than having the court determine issues. Each party may have their own attorney, but experts may be jointly hired if both parties agree. Many collaborative divorces involve mental health professionals to assist the parties through the process.

There is agreement that the parties will not take advantage of each other, move assets, cancel insurance policies or place assets at risk. Additionally, the parties agree to communicate in a civil and constructive manner.

Collaborative divorces are generally considered to be less stressful and easier than traditional divorces.

The divorce rate among Christians is about the same as non-believers. Christians should have access to a divorce process that is peaceful, thoughtful, and protects the emotional interests of everyone involved.

Christ taught to be in the world, not of the world. The world is a fallen place; when Christians experience difficult life situations, they should have access to those who can assist them and show Christ’s love in the process.

Divorce does not need to destroy lives. It is a painful process and those who are involved should have peaceful alternatives.

A Christian attorney understands the importance of the parties’ faith and can assist them in obtaining spiritual and emotional guidance outside of the legal field.

Adoption is a legal process where a child is permanently separated from his or her birth parents and relatives and transferred into a new family. The new family is responsible for the care and guidance of the child from that point on.

The adoption processes includes choosing an adoption agency, orientation, several interviews, a home visit, medical examinations, reference checks, payment of fees, and celebration.

To adopt a child, you must be an adult, live and work in Florida, exhibit good character, and have the means to care for a child you may adopt. Single adults, as well as married couples, may adopt. A stepparent may adopt his or her spouse’s children.

Florida’s legal framework acknowledges different paths to family formation through adoption, encompassing services provided by agencies, attorneys, step-parents, close relatives, and individuals adopting at a mature age.   Each type of adoption has a unique procedure.

In order for a parent to surrender their child for adoption, here must be proof that the parents wish to terminate the biological relationship forever.  This proof is usually accomplished by legal consent.

Alternatively, a court must hear proof that the parent has abused, abandoned or neglected the child or otherwise failed to protect their parental rights under Florida law.

There are exceptions when an unmarried biological father is involved. He must register his paternity with Florida’s Putative Father Registry; otherwise, the court will not require his consent before proceeding to complete an adoption plan.

An unmarried biological father must register his paternity prior to the filing of a petition to terminate his rights or within 30 days of service of a Notice of Intended Adoption Plan.

The circumstances leading to stepparent adoption often involve one parent’s absence due to bereavement, abandonment, or a prolonged lapse in contact.

Sometimes a parent consents to the adoption believing it to be in the child’s best interest. If the other parent has regular contact with the child and will not consent to adoption, Florida law will generally not allow a stepparent adoption to proceed.

The adoption documents are filed in the Circuit Court in the county where the stepparent resides. Once this process is finalized by the Court, the adopted child will receive a new birth certificate, showing the new parent listed on the birth certificate, and also showing the child’s new name.

When only a few issues stand between you and a well-negotiated collaborative (less expensive, less destructive) divorce, unbundled services can make an enormous difference in what you pay for your divorce. Imagine having a tire that wiggles and creates a harsh ride and being told that you need to replace the drivetrain, all the tires, and the steering system to get the job done right, or perhaps, just a new high quality tire will do.

That is the typical attitude many in the legal profession take when “handling” a divorce case. Our preference is not to “handle” your divorce case but to help you get through it to the other side, regaining control of your life and nurturing your family back to some semblance of “normalcy.” Often in any divorce action, only a few “cornerstone” issues stand in the way of a genuinely collaborative divorce.

To preserve your funds and minimize the emotional damage inflicted by the divorce process, we encourage using our “unbundled” legal services. Another term might be “a la carte.” For instance, let’s say your former spouse agrees on the division of assets & debts and on time-sharing between homes with the children. Still, one party believes that they are entitled to long-term alimony while the other is prepared only to provide “bridge the gap” alimony. Using unbundled services, Summerfield Law Office can represent you in the Alimony dispute while simply assisting in codifying (writing down) what you do agree on.

This is far less expensive than litigating the entire divorce, simply because there are a few key areas in which you don’t agree with your former spouse.

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