Family Law

Divorce and Separation

Have you been served with divorce papers? Questions about how to file for divorce or what your rights are? Worried about custody, alimony or child support? At Pichardo-Riestra Law, we strive to provide each client with individualized attention and diligent representation in a compassionate, non-judgmental atmosphere. With family law issues, zealous representation, consistent communication, and a solutions-based approach are key to helping each client navigate his or her unique situation.

Every situation is examined on a case-by-case basis to determine the best possible course of action, and to help clients develop and maintain realistic goals and expectations. Whether you are seeking a divorce or a legal separation, we can help.

  • Contested divorce
  • Uncontested divorce
  • Military divorce
  • Settlement agreements
  • Separation (Separate Support & Maintenance)
  • Same-sex divorce
  • Legal name changes
  • Modifications of prior orders
  • Annulment
  • Property division
  • Retirement and pension division
  • Debt division

 

Child Custody and Visitation

We understand that nothing is more important to you than your children. One of the most difficult challenges for parents is deciding how they will divide responsibility for and time with their children. Our family law attorney can help you craft a child-centered parenting plan that is both workable and in the best interests of your child or children.

At Pichardo-Riestra Law, we can also advise clients with child support and custody issues regarding paternity, including the use of DNA testing to determine paternity. If you are the father of a child born out of wedlock, you may also want to consult with a us to learn more about your parental rights.

  • Visitation
  • Custody
  • Enforcement/Contempt proceedings
  • Relocation
  • Modifications of prior orders
  • Paternity/Unwed parents
  • Father’s rights
  • Adoption
  • Step-parent adoption
  • Child name changes
  • Registration of out-of-state custody orders

 

Child Support

Pichardo-Riestra Law handles a wide range of child-related issues, including issues related to the determination of equitable child support payments. In certain circumstances, the court may also consider modifying existing child support orders when there has been a significant change of circumstances, including a job loss, relocation, promotion at work, serious personal injury, and remarriage. If you or your child’s other parent has experienced a substantial change in circumstances, contact us to speak with our attorney today. We can offer advice on issues like obtaining child support, lowering child support, raising child support, and ending child support when your obligation has run its course.

Our Attorney at Pichardo-Riestra Law can also advise clients with child support issues regarding paternity, including the use of DNA testing to determine paternity.

  • Child support establishment
  • Child support enforcement
  • Child support modification
  • Increase or decrease child support
  • Unwed parents
  • Paternity

 

Alimony and Spousal Support

The courts consider a number of important factors when deciding whether to award or modify spousal support (alimony). These factors include you or your spouse’s financial need, the length of the marriage, work history and earnings, the age and health of the parties, who has custody of the children, among other factors. Our Attorney can meet with you one-on-one to examine the unique issues of your case and help determine the best course of action.

  • Alimony/spousal support establishment
  • Alimony/spousal support enforcement
  • Alimony/spousal support modification
  • Increase or decrease alimony

 

Step-Parent and Family Adoption

As blended families become more common, there has been growing interest in step-parent adoptions. Florida law provides for a “streamlined” adoption process under certain circumstances involving step-parent or family adoptions. If you have questions about this process, please give us a call to schedule a consultation.

  • Step-parent adoption
  • Grandparent adoption
  • Family adoption/Relative adoption
  • LGBTQ adoption
  • Adult adoption
  • Termination of Parental Rights