Experienced Divorce Attorneys

Financial challenges, the pressure of work, emotional conflicts and just general personal compatibility can lead to tough times at home. The stress you face at home will make the divorce process challenging, but there is a way to get through this tough time in your life.

At Pilka & Associates, P.A., we assist families in matters of divorce, child custody and other family law concerns while ensuring our clients' rights are protected and they get the personal service their case demands. We handle cases throughout Florida's west coast and Central Florida.

Helping Families Meet The Challenges Of Divorce

Every family can run into unique and complex issues during a divorce or separation. We have successfully represented people in matters involving:

  • Child support and custody issues
  • Enforcement and modification of family law orders
  • Jurisdiction and legal residence
  • Parental relocation
  • Qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs)
  • Retirement benefits and related property division

Our divorce attorneys have extensive experience in a wide range of family law matters. Our comprehensive knowledge has helped us resolve particularly complex cases that involve unique property concerns, estate planning issues and the long-term implications of divorce agreements.

We offer the depth of experience and knowledge one might expect from a larger law practice without the "assembly line" mentality often found at big firms. Our size allows us to balance extensive experience and resources with an ability to provide personal care and attention to each and every client.

If you are considering filing for a divorce, this is unquestionably an emotional time for anyone. It is important that you have an attorney on your side who understands the law regarding divorces in Florida. The basic process of a Florida divorce is as follows:

Opening A Case

To open your case, we file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, asking the court to grant the divorce and address the issues of equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, child support, alimony, child custody (time-sharing), and attorneys' fees. Some or all of these issues may apply in your case. Feel free to contact us to set up a consultation to discuss your personal matters with an experienced divorce lawyer.

In addition to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Florida statute requires you to file the following:

  • Financial affidavit
  • Notice of Related Cases
  • Certificate of Compliance with Mandatory Disclosure
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)

Timelines

Our firm handles the filing and serving of your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and related pleadings. Once the other party is served, they will have 20 days to respond to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and 45 days to provide their own financial affidavit and mandatory disclosure.

Mediation

All family law cases must go to mediation. Mediation is a process during which you, your attorney, your spouse, and your spouse's attorney and a third-party mediator will attempt to resolve your case. If your case does not resolve at mediation, your case will then proceed to trial. In more complex cases, additional discovery will be necessary before the case is ready for mediation or trial.

You and your spouse are always free to agree to resolve any or all of the issues at any time during your case. Thus, it is imperative that you have an attorney on your side who can advocate for the most favorable resolution of your case.

Contact Our Experienced Divorce Lawyers Serving Brandon And Lakeland

At Pilka & Associates, P.A., we are proud to support families throughout West and Central Florida. We offer affordable legal fees and dedicated representation in every case.

To arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us at 863-236-9321 in Brandon or 863-687-0780 in Lakeland.