Port St. Lucie Family Attorney
Our comprehensive family law practice at Baginski Brandt & Brandt covers more than just divorce in St. Lucie and Martin counties. Our Port St. Lucie family law attorneys handle the full range of Florida family law matters, including divorce, annulment, paternity, domestic violence and adoption. Learn more about the main areas of our family law practice below. Click on a topic for more information, or call Baginski Brandt & Brandt at our office in Port St. Lucie to discuss your family law needs with our dedicated and experienced Florida family law attorneys.
Going through a divorce is an emotional ordeal even under the best of circumstances. We are here to support you through the Florida divorce process and make sure you are well-represented in every aspect of your divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony and the division of marital property. If your divorce is uncontested, we’ll help you reach an amicable settlement with all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed. When matters are disputed, we’ll take whatever legal actions are necessary to secure a divorce in the most productive manner possible, but always with your rights and interests protected to the fullest extent.
Some marriages are void under Florida law because they violated some legal prohibition against marrying, such as a marriage to someone below the legal minimum age, marriage between people who are too closely related under Florida law, or marriage to someone who is still legally married to someone else. Other marriages are voidable, meaning they can be cancelled (annulled) if one of the parties to the marriage institutes annulment proceedings in a timely fashion. Examples of voidable marriages include marriages where one party was too intoxicated to consent to the marriage or was unduly pressured or even tricked into marriage. Keep in mind that voidable marriages can also be affirmed if the parties continue to stay married after learning of the legal disability. We’ll counsel you on your legal rights and options regarding annulment and guide you through the necessary procedure.
If parents are unmarried when a child is born and do not take the appropriate steps to timely acknowledge the child’s paternity, that child will not have a legal father until paternity is established in a court proceeding. Only a legal father can enforce his rights to custody and visitation (parenting and time-sharing), and only a legal father can be forced to pay child support. Establishing parentage is also important for a host of other reasons that will benefit the child. Our experienced trial lawyers handle paternity cases on behalf of individuals seeking or opposing paternity orders in Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Fort Pierce and throughout St. Lucie and Martin counties.
With over 35 years of combined experience in Florida family law and criminal law, we understand how domestic violence issues may impact a divorce or custody proceeding, whether abuse or the threat of violence was present during the marriage or erupted only after divorce papers were filed. We can help you obtain a protective order to help ensure your safety and that of your children by keeping an abusive spouse away from you. We also understand that domestic violence charges sometimes result from misunderstandings or even false accusations. If you are being wrongly accused of domestic violence, we’ll work hard to see that the true facts come to light.
Helping families grow through adoption is an intensely satisfying part of our Port St. Lucie family law practice. When you are ready to adopt, we are ready to help you through the numerous steps and legal procedures required in even the most complex adoption cases. Contact our office for help with private adoptions, agency adoptions, contested adoptions, interstate adoptions, second parent adoptions or other relative adoptions.
Help with the Full Range of Florida Family Law in Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Fort Pierce
For advice and assistance in any Florida family law situation in St. Lucie and Martin counties, contact Baginski Brandt & Brandt in Port St. Lucie at 772-466-0707 to schedule a confidential consultation with our skilled and experienced family lawyers. You’ll always feel that your case is important to us, because it truly is.