At the Law Office of Peter Scaglione, Jr., our attorney and staff aim to balance the interests of feuding families or couples to achieve swift resolutions at reasonable and affordable rates. We take pride in being proactive in our approach to resolving marital and financial conflict.
The scope of our family law practice encompasses:
Throughout the process of resolving your legal issue, our firm keeps the focus on what’s important — your family, your future and your finances. In some cases, we can refer clients to a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person who can ease a difficult transition. To schedule an appointment, please call 813-872-8543 or e-mail us at your earliest convenience. We answer all calls and e-mails within one business day.
The process of separating a household, dividing assets and sharing custody can strain already tense divorce situations. Our firm takes the time to provide each client with the information and knowledge they need to make the right decisions during the divorce. In the courtroom setting, Mr. Scaglione is an aggressive advocate for each client’s legal rights. Mr. Scaglione and staff are skilled with equitable division of the marital assets and debts, including residences, bank accounts, retirement accounts, pensions, investment accounts, family businesses or other jointly held possessions. (Our firm handles contested divorce, uncontested divorce, and prenuptial agreements.)
A relationship with a child is a priceless commodity. Our firm advocates for the rights of parents who are seeking legal custody, physical custody, sole custody, joint custody, visitation or paternity verification. Should litigation be necessary, Mr. Scaglione will aggressively defend your rights in court. Our firm has represented parents, stepparents, adoptive parents and other related parties in attaining custody or visitation rights.
Child support is meant to equalize the financial burden of raising a child between both parents. The payments can be applied as a percentage of costs associated with education, day care, medical insurance or other needs. Our firm handles litigation related to child support collections, child support arrears and post-decree modifications of child support arrangements. Our firm understands that a dramatic change in circumstances — including job loss or disability — can affect the non-custodial parent’s ability to keep up with necessary payments. Our firm is familiar with the process of getting child support decrees reviewed by the Florida courts.
The Florida Department of Revenue is the governmental agency that regulates child support obligations. Our firm has handled issues relating to payment discrepancies, modifications to existing support orders, collections litigation, absent parent location, arrears litigation and much more. Our firm offers clients the practical advice and knowledgeable counsel they need to navigate the Department of Revenue system.
Relocation, job loss and remarriage are three common reasons why a divorce judgment might need to be altered. Issues of custody and visitation might arise when the custodial parent decides to relocate in order to seek a better employment opportunity or to pursue a new relationship. Job loss has the consequence of straining the non-custodial parent’s ability to pay child support on time and in full. Remarriage may implicate issues of alimony and stepparent adoption. These concerns are easily addressed with the help of an experienced attorney like Peter Scaglione, Jr. who, for almost 40 years, has been helping families resolve disputes over custody and support.
The prospect of paying for alimony over an extended period of time can seem unpleasant to the payor spouse, but the rationale behind alimony is that it equalizes for sacrifices that the payee spouse made during the course of the marriage. Many factors play into the calculation of alimony, including the length of the marriage, the age of the parties, the relative income of the parties and whether one parent stayed at home to raise the children. Courts may award rehabilitative alimony, bridge-the-gap, durational or permanent alimony based on the circumstances. Our firm is familiar with alimony modification petitions and can assist you in modifying your alimony case.
Confirming a biological link between a parent and a child can solidify a relationship between father and son or father and daughter. Most parents request DNA testing when there are suspicions about the birth mother’s fidelity during the relationship. Our firm understands the sensitive nature of these paternity actions and offers calm, qualified and capable counsel as you pursue a DNA test. Our firm stands ready to fight for each client’s rights — whether the biological link is confirmed or denied.
Our firm provides for estate planning for your families including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and specified trusts for minor children. Let our nearly 40 years of experience in this area of the law provide peace of mind to you and your family.