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No one enters into a marriage with the expectation of divorcing. In many cases, one party never sees it coming. However, if you find yourself getting a divorce or fighting for custody rights, you can count on Peters | Brunicardi to help you through this difficult time.

We can be the compassionate counselor, skilled negotiator or strategic trial lawyer, depending on our client's demands. Serving Sarasota and surrounding counties, we handle all facets of Florida Family Law, such as:

  • Contested or uncontested divorce
  • Division of assets and debts
  • Distribution of retirement accounts (QDRO)
  • Divorce settlement agreements
  • Health insurance and life insurance obligations
  • Alimony and spousal support
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Custody and visitation
  • Parenting time schedules
  • Expedited custody proceedings
  • Parent relocation
  • Child support matters
  • Reimbursement of child-related expenses
  • Modifications of custody or support
  • Domestic violence and protection from abuse orders
  • Adoption and name changes

During this transition in your life, we will work to develop an understanding of your individual situation. Whenever possible, we will attempt to minimize the emotional and financial turmoil of divorce. You will be kept informed of legal developments in your case and consulted along the way as major decisions arise that could affect your finances and family arrangements.

Private negotiations are always a way to resolve the issues in a divorce or family law situation. In addition, mediation may be ordered by the court or desired by the parties. Mediation may have advantages for both parties because it can be less expensive than litigation and it can be used to settle issues to both parties' benefit without being adversarial. If alternatives to litigation such as mediation and arbitration can be productive and economical, Peters | Brunicardi will work to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement on your behalf. However, not all divorce matters can be resolved by way of settlement before trial. If divorce litigation becomes necessary, we will aggressively advocate within the law toward your legal goals.

After a divorce, you may experience a change in circumstances where it makes sense to re-evaluate the financial conditions and family law arrangements decided at the time of your divorce. For instance, you may desire a modification of custody or parenting time to serve the best interests of your child, or you might be entitled to a modification of child support or alimony. Perhaps the existing agreement is acceptable to you, but enforcement of the property settlement agreement or qualified domestic relations order is needed to protect your rights. In these types of situations, we are qualified to make the appropriate post-judgment of divorce motion on your behalf.