Pasco County Family Lawyer
Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. is a family law firm serving the Tampa Bay area, including Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. We support families going through complicated family legal situations, including divorce, emancipation, and abuse cases.
Our experts have years of experience in family law and will fight to defend the rights of children and adults. We manage divorce settlements, custody battles, juvenile delinquency, and any of the other familial struggles you’re facing. Our team strives to obtain the best possible results for you and your family under Florida law.
Why Hire a Family Law Attorney?
In Florida, you’re not required to hire a family law attorney. But working with a trained legal professional comes with several key benefits.
Most importantly, divorce and family attorneys know the ins and outs of the complex family law process. Don’t let other parties take advantage of loopholes or walk all over your case. Hiring legal defense ensures that your rights are properly defended, both in the courtroom and outside of it.
The health and wellbeing of your family depend on employing proper aid when seeking justice. Don’t skimp - hire an attorney who will properly protect you.
We Handle a Variety of Family Law Cases
At Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq., we manage a wide range of family law cases, including:
Marriage Dissolutions and Divorce
If you or your partner decides to end the marriage, you will likely file a case to permanently dissolve the union - either through a divorce or an annulment. Our family law experts will walk you through the process of dividing property, designating child custody, and seeking alimony.
Domestic violence can have debilitating effects on the wellbeing of a family. When a victim of domestic violence seeks protection orders from a family court, our legal experts lend support. We’ll defend your case and help you obtain justice.
Childhood trauma often has negative effects that last into adulthood – and issues must be resolved immediately. In cases of child abandonment, neglect, or abuse, a family court case may terminate parental rights. Seek help from a trained family law lawyer if a child in your life has become a victim.
Paternity and Child Custody
Seeking paternal custody can certainly feel like an uphill battle. We take on cases in which men need to be legally declared the father of a child. Talk to us to learn more about family law and paternity suits.
Juvenile Criminal Cases
Juvenile criminal cases are handled differently than adult cases. Florida family court handles all cases regarding child abuse, child neglect, or juvenile illegal behavior. Our experts guide minors through the court process and seek justice for families.
The road to gaining independence from parents can be long and complicated for minors. We help with cases in which a minor under the age of 18 wishes to be emancipated, either via marriage or legal separation from their parents in the state of Florida.
Seek the Divorce Settlement You Deserve
Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. doesn’t just seek the best settlement. Our legal team ensures you are properly protected every step of the way - financially and emotionally.
Minimize the Stress of Divorce
The longer your divorce takes, the higher the toll becomes on you and your family. We work to obtain a quick, painless settlement outside of the courtroom. If that isn’t possible, we work through the in-court process speedily while still seeking the ultimate level of support and payment.
Manage Your Finances Efficiently
Our family law attorneys understand that time is valuable - we’ll never draw out the legal process to earn more money. We always prioritize speedy divorce trials and family cases.
The Process of Going to Family Law Cases
Although every case has its unique properties, we’ve developed a proven legal process for seeking the best outcome under Florida family law.
- Receive a FREE Case Evaluation
Learn how our firm can support you via a complimentary, obligation-free evaluation. We’ll determine exactly how our attorneys can help by assessing the validity and extent of your family law case.
- Investigate the Circumstances Once you partner with our family law firm, we’ll dive into the complexities of your specific case with expert precision. This may include reading through police reports, medical records, and witness accounts.
- Demand the Results You Need When it comes to protecting your family, losing isn’t an option. We’ll support you throughout the entire legal process and do everything we can to defend your loved ones and personal rights. This includes demanding the settlement you need to care for your family.
- File the Family Law Lawsuit Although we strive to settle many of our cases out of court, some wind up in Pasco County court or nearby. In these scenarios, we’ll take cases to the next level to ensure you get the settlement or results you deserve.
- Conduct the Opposing Case Discovery In this step, we’ll look into the other side’s case and claims. This helps us understand the true complexity of your family law case – and how to win it.
- Mediation and Negotiation Once we understand both sides of the case, we’ll conduct aggressive discussions with the opposing party’s legal counsel. This is our chance to determine an appropriate settlement. We have one goal: obtain the absolute best results for your case.
- Go to Trial If a family law case does go to trial in Florida, your lawyer will stay by your side throughout the entire process. Our expert attorneys present your claims and demands in the most positive, winning light.
- Manage Appeals Even after we win, the losing party may still appeal the case. Don’t worry – our family law attorneys are highly experienced in the appellate court process. We’ll ensure that you win time and time again, regardless of the appeals.
Why You Should Trust Us
Frequently Asked Questions
Technically, no, but it’s always a good idea to hire a lawyer when facing a family law case - especially a divorce. A trained attorney will protect your rights, defend your children, and seek the best possible outcome, including a fair settlement.
In this state, there are two grounds for divorce: irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and/or mental incapacity in one of the parties. Talk to our team today and we’ll help you understand how these grounds apply to your situation.
If the parents don’t agree on who should hold custody of the child, the state of Florida mandates that the court makes a decision based on many factors. The goal is to make the best decision for the child’s safety and wellbeing.
This answer varies depending on the complexity of the case. Some of our past Pasco County cases have been finalized within a few days. Others have been drawn out over the years as both sides argue over settlement details.
Hiring a professional lawyer to help with the divorce will speed up the process and minimize the expenses of a lengthy separation.
In Florida, a divorce can cost as little as $500 or as much as $100K, depending on the circumstances. Lawyer expenses, the length of the process, and issues of child custody, parental support, and property division can all impact the overall cost and settlement of the divorce.
Child custody is usually determined during the course of a divorce, legal separation, annulment, or paternity case. You will likely need to establish your parentage. Fathers must have documentation proving paternity.
Both mothers and fathers have the right to seek custody. They also may both be asked to provide child support in the state of Florida.
In a divorce, children may or may not be involved. In a paternity case, at least one child is involved, and the parents may or may not be legally married. With both kinds of cases, there will likely be questions about child custody, visitation rights, and child support. However, divorce cases involve the division of assets and debts, while paternity cases do not.
Typically, child support is determined by the ability of the noncustodial parent to pay and the needs of the child in question. Once the fair number is calculated, it can be modified due to life changes or other extenuating circumstances.
In a legally binding divorce settlement agreement, the two parties agree on a range of topics including child support, spousal support, property division, child custody, and visitation rights. The settlement may also include more personal agreements specific to your situation.
In Pasco County and other areas of our state, a child (or minor) can become emancipated by getting married with permission from the parents and the court. They can also join the armed forces (with parental permission) or get a declaration of emancipation from a judge.
To learn more about the requirements of legal emancipation, talk to our family law experts.
Do you have other questions about family law in Florida? Contact our team today and we’ll get back to you quickly.
Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq.
Serving Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties, Florida
Hello, I’m Wendy, a family law attorney guiding victims in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties through difficult divorces, seeking justice from years of abuse, and searching for the best results for every child.
Since 2004, I’ve been taking cases to court and fighting on behalf of those who can’t stand up for themselves. I’ve earned a reputation for getting straight to the point and covering every detail of my cases.
Family law is near and dear to my heart. When you work with me, I’ll go above and beyond to deliver the best legal advice possible. You can trust that I’ll provide the defense you need.