Get Help With Your Most Important Legal Issue: Your Children

If you and your former partner have children together, their wellbeing is your biggest concern. You want to make decisions that put them first, and you want to play a meaningful role in their lives.

At Schipani & Norman, P.A., we help mothers, fathers and other family members in the Sarasota area with child custody and child support matters. In every case we handle, we encourage our clients to strive for solutions that put children and family first.

Our compassionate attorneys assist with issues including:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Establishing paternity
  • Family custody rights
  • Post-judgment modifications
  • Parental relocations
  • International child abduction

Putting Your Children And Family First

When you hire us, we will work together to find the best solutions for your children while advocating for your rights. Because we understand the emotional impact that divorce and custodial issues can have on children, we can help you understand how to help your children cope during this difficult time. We work to quickly and easily find solutions that meet your needs.

Compassionate Mediators. Aggressive Litigators.

The lawyers at Schipani & Norman, P.A. can help you reach positive results through mediation, and, when necessary, litigation. We strongly believe that it is in the best interests of the children to keep legal matters out of court whenever possible. However, when necessary, we are aggressive trial attorneys for our clients.

Get Help With Custody Or Support Issues

We understand that you and your children are experiencing a stressful time. Allow us to guide you through your legal troubles. To speak to an attorney in an initial consultation, contact our office by calling 941-549-8981. You can also reach us online. For your convenience, we offer evening and weekend appointments by request.

Will Alimony Be A Part Of Your Divorce?

When a divorce case reaches the stage of determining alimony, a judge will decide whether, when and how it will be paid. There is no formula for determining alimony, so the process can be subjective and vary from judge to judge. To protect your financial interests, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. At Schipani & Norman, P.A. in Sarasota, Florida, we understand that the process of determining alimony can be confusing and emotional. Our lawyers have the experience to build the strongest possible case for your desired outcome. To talk to one of our lawyers about alimony, call 941-549-8981.

Types Of Alimony In Florida

In Florida, men and women may be awarded alimony, also known as spousal maintenance or support. There are five types of alimony:

  • Temporary alimony: Florida courts realize the financial stress involved with divorce proceedings and allow for temporary alimony to be paid until a more permanent agreement can be made.
  • Lump-sum alimony: A one-time payment can be made as an alternative to monthly payments made for an undetermined amount of time.
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony: This type of support is awarded for a shorter time to allow the receiving spouse to focus on becoming financially independent.
  • Durational alimony: This type of alimony is awarded in moderate-term marriages for a modifiable period of time.
  • Permanent alimony: Alimony can be permanent following marriages that have lasted 19 or more years.

Alimony is taxable to the person who receives it and tax deductible to the person who pays it. Alimony can be modified after divorce in certain circumstances. It can be stopped if the recipient remarries or moves in with a partner.

For More Information About Florida Alimony

Our lawyers are here to answer all of your questions about alimony and protect your financial interests. To schedule a consultation, call 941-549-8981 or complete our contact form. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, but we offer evening and weekend appointments.