Established Tampa attorney addresses domestic legal concerns with knowledge and sensitivity
If you face legal issues involving your family, you are likely going through one of the most difficult times of your life. An experienced and caring attorney can help relieve the stress while advocating for your interests and those of your children. Since 1977, the Law Office of Peter Scaglione, Jr. in Tampa has guided family law clients in Central West Florida through life-changing circumstances. I have a deep understanding of the issues clients must address when separating or divorcing, seeking fair alimony and child support orders, and reaching agreement on child custody and visitation. For these legal matters and others, I draw on more than four decades of family law experience to provide clients with the skilled and responsive representation they deserve.
Responsive counselor protects your interests and children in divorce
If you’re contemplating or facing divorce, I’ll advocate aggressively for your rights. In Florida, a no-fault divorce state, those seeking a dissolution of marriage need only prove the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” and one party must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing the divorce petition. Whether your split is fairly amicable, where essential matters can be agreed upon, or highly contentious, requiring litigation, I will advocate for your best interests. I’ll assist with the equitable distribution of the marital estate, which may include bank accounts, residences, pensions and other assets, and help ensure that separate property is protected. Additionally, I advise couples who choose to legally separate rather than divorce, for financial or other reasons.
Issues involving children can be some of the most difficult to resolve in a divorce. When child custody determinations are involved in a parenting plan, I will work diligently on your behalf toward a resolution that is in the best interests of your children. Florida courts prefer parents to share parental responsibility, or legal custody, so that each is involved in making the important decisions affecting their child’s life, regardless of which parent the children primarily live with. Time-sharing agreements determine how much time the child will spend with each parent and set visitation schedules for the noncustodial parent. My firm assists parents, stepparents and adoptive parents in these custody and visitation matters.
Knowledgeable adviser helps spouses and children find financial stability after divorce
When marriages end, financial hardship may occur. Alimony is intended to improve economic fairness for the spouse who earned less money during the marriage. Considerations that go into alimony include the length of the marriage, the ages of the spouses and whether a parent stayed home to raise children. Child support seeks to equalize the financial burden of raising a child between both parents. Typically, the noncustodial parent is expected to pay child support. I handle alimony and child support negotiations during divorce as well as modifications to final judgments of support orders when a substantial change in circumstances occurs.
Skilled attorney handles other family law concerns
There are many other legal issues that can arise within families, requiring skilled counsel. To help support my clients, I also handle:
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements — Sometimes people who are getting married may wish to safeguard the assets they had prior to entering the marriage, in the event they divorce. Prenuptial agreements are entered into before marriage, while postnuptial agreements are entered into after a couple is already married.
- Protective orders — If you are being stalked or harassed by a former spouse or other person you had a relationship with, I can assist you in getting a protective order. If an order has been issued against you, I can uphold your rights.
- Paternity — I assist clients who wish to legally establish or challenge paternity in cases involving child support, visitation or custody issues.
Contact a skilled Tampa family law attorney
For more than 40 years, the Law Office of Peter Scaglione, Jr. in Tampa has helped families in Central West Florida navigate legal issues such as divorce, custody, child support, alimony and asset division. I look forward to guiding you through your family law matter. Please call 813-421-9176 or contact me online for an initial consultation.