Dealing with a family law concern in Orlando? Our firm values family-oriented representation and will do our best to guide you towards a favorable solution to your family matter. We also deeply appreciate our country’s military service members and provide legal services for military members and their spouses. For informed representation from a seasoned Orlando attorney and former Air Force vet, contact The Marin Law Firm today. Se habla español.
Experienced Family-Oriented Representation Throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties
When you have a legal matter impacting your family, whether it is a divorce, a paternity matter, an adoption, or some other issue, you need a lawyer who values family as much as you do. At The Marin Law Firm, we believe that family comes first. This simple statement guides every part of our legal practice.
Growing up with a Spanish father and El Salvadorian mother, Attorney Carmelina Marin was taught from an early age to value family, a core belief she holds and practices to this day. Our firm upholds and reflects these values as well. Our overriding goal in every matter is to effectively and affordably help you through your specific challenges. At the same time, we believe that our clients should understand what they can expect in their case. We will be practical and realistic about your options and help you make informed decisions.
Our law firm represents clients in many areas, including:
- Prenup/postnup agreements – A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can preserve your property rights in the event you and your spouse later divorce. We can create an agreement that reflects your wishes and protects your interests.
- Paternity – Establishing paternity is extremely important to mothers and fathers. It is important to confirm the paternity of your child as quickly as possible. Our law firm represents men and women in paternity matters, providing strong guidance and support.
- International family law – International divorce or marriage can be extremely complex. We understand the international laws that apply to families and will develop an effective strategy on your behalf.
- Support or custody modification – Your and your ex-spouse’s lives will change after divorce. It is important for your divorce decree to reflect these changes. If you need to modify child custody, child support, or spousal support, we can help.
- Stepparent or relative adoption – Our attorney can help you overcome the potential obstacles involved in a stepparent or relative adoption.
Filing for Divorce in Florida
To file for divorce in Florida, you merely need to show that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that one spouse has been a resident of the state for 6 months prior to filing. You will have to settle several marital disputes in your divorce, including property division, alimony, and child support and custody if you have minor children. Note that for matters related to minor children, the court will make decisions based on the child’s best interests, which include:
- each parent's willingness to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent;
- each parent's ability to meet the child's needs;
- each parent's physical and mental health;
- each parent's moral fitness;
- each parent's ability to provide the child with a consistent routine;
- the geographic viability of the parenting plan;
- the child's adjustment to home and community;
- the reasonable preference of the child if of a sufficient age and understanding;
- evidence of domestic violence, if any;
- each parent's ability to provide a safe and stable environment for the child;
- the child's developmental age, needs, and abilities; and
- any other factor the court deems relevant.
The Marin Law Firm can better help you navigate the divorce process and associated disputes.
Growing up with a Spanish father and El Salvadorian mother, our family law attorney, Carmelina Marin, was taught from an early age to value family, a core belief she holds and practices to this day. Our law firm upholds and reflects these values as well. Our overriding goal in every matter is to effectively and affordably help you through your specific challenges. At the same time, we believe that our clients should understand what they can expect in their case. We will be practical and realistic about your options, and help you make informed decisions.
“I'm thankful forever.”- Kenneth C.
“Family oriented, Ms Carmelina thank you for been so professional and fight for my right, thank you, thank you Alexa for your help as well you do a very good job as Ms Carmelina Assistant. God bless your business and family.”- Rafael C.
“While going through a rough time Ms. Marin made the process go much smoother and I am very grateful for that.”- Anthony R.
“A friend told me about Carmelina and I went to talk to her. She was the last attorney I talked to and she didn’t give me a bunch of BS.”- Former Client
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Another important family law matter is prenuptial agreements. It is a common misconception that prenups are drafted by those who have wealthy assets. In fact, anyone can create a prenup, and it is always recommended to make one. A prenup can help you and your spouse protect your individual and shared assets, as well as establish how your assets might be divided in the event of divorce or death. A prenup can act as a financial safety blanket and help simplify the separation process if it occurs. By discussing the terms of a prenup with your future spouse, you will also have the opportunity to have an open and upfront discussion about complex financial matters.
Prenups are signed prior to marriage and become legally enforceable once you and your spouse marry. A postnuptial has all the same powers as a prenup to safeguard your assets, but the main difference is that postnups are created and signed after you get married. Attorney Marin can offer important guidance for drafting your prenup or postnup and protecting your marital assets.
Modifying a Court Order
Our firm also helps clients file petitions for modifications. Naturally, circumstances may change over time since the court last issued an order related to you or your child. Your child may have grown and developed new needs, or you may need to relocate for a new job opportunity. Every parent has the right to request the modification of a court order, such as a child custody order or child support order. To do so, the petitioning parent must show a substantial change in circumstances and that a modification would be in the child’s best interests (above). Attorney Marin can help you build a strong case for modification that meets your and your child’s new needs.
Whatever your family law needs, The Marin Law Firm can help you make difficult decisions and move forward on the best possible terms. We represent families throughout Central Florida and can counsel you through every family law issue you are facing, from divorce to modification.
Call us at (407) 449-7804 or contact us online to get started. Se habla español.