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Family Law

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Family Law Case Philosophy

The circumstances which lead to family law cases are almost always devastating to the families involved. One searching for legal help can find many diff ere nt attorney approaches, advertising to aggressively fight or taking a “scorched earth” tactic. Knowing the harm that can occur to the paities or the children from divorce or protracted litigation, and guided by our Christian principals, we take a different approach.

Listening to our clients, we most often hear that the number one wish from those involved in family law battles is a desire not to be. Most parties are simply better oft: now and in the future,  if they can either reconcile the relationships or at least resolve most of the issues. On the other hand, we also find times when one side is being unreasonable, unresponsive, bullying or abusive. So, while we hope for resolution, we at the same time bring strong advocacy to give a voice to your rights as a parent or spouse, making sure your rights and positions are heard. We strive to provide our clients sound advice, prompt attention and strong advocacy.

We handle all types of Family Law cases including divorce, child custody and  time-sharing , child support, alimony and modification. Please consider an experienced attorney  to  represent you through your claim, to protect your interests , and to listen and help reduce unnecessary or additional pain throughout this difficult time. The initial with Mr. Capron is free.

Family Law Areas of Expertise

Child Custody and Visitation
In a divorce case where the parents have minor children, the primary and most emotional issue is often how to divide parental rights, responsibilities and visitation. Similarly, in cases where the parents were not married, both parents still share the right to substantially participate in the parenting of their children. Florida law was changed in 2008 to require parenting plans in child custody cases which set forth how parental responsibilities and decisions will be made, including a time-sharing schedule for shared custody. Although it is presumed that parents will share parental rights and responsibilities, and that one parent will not automatically be favored over another, there are still multiple factors which will influence how time and rights with your children are divided. To ensure that you maintain a meaningful voice and role in parenting, you need to know how these factors will apply to your case. You also need to know what actions to take or avoid in order to present your best possible case. If you have a child custody order that pre-dates 2008, you may want to consider a modification based on these guidelines.


Whether you have concluded that your marriage is irreconcilably broken, or your spouse has filed for divorce outside of your control, knowing that someone will guide and protect your interests is of utmost importance. In this difficult and emotional time, you need someone experienced to explain fully how the divorce will proceed and what the consequences of that dissolution will be. Beyond issues of support and parenting, the final decree will divide your marital assets and liabilities. In many cases, the parties can agree on how to divide the property and how to reconcile time sharing and support. In those cases, an agreement can be filed with the Court and an order entered approving its terms. Even then, careful attention to the detailed terms of the agreement will help protect your rights and obligations as the future unfolds. Once an order is entered, it is not easy to revisit or change the terms of an agreement. In other cases, the parties may dispute what property is considered marital property, how future retirement accounts will be handled, how debts are to be divided and whether one spouse is entitled to support or alimony from the other and for how long. In such cases, an intimate understanding of the body of law applicable to a divorce proceeding is a key tool to protecting yourself and to understanding what to expect once a divorce proceeding begins.


Child Support
Child support issues are often the most confusing, misunderstood or contentious part of a family dispute. It is not often realized that each parent has a dual obligation to support and maintain their minor child or that the right of support belongs to the child, not to either parent. In setting a child support amount, Florida law considers the income (or in some cases, the income potential) of each parent and the needs of the child to establish child support. This law contains guidelines and a formula to determine each parent’s dollar amount obligation. Time-sharing and the right to see the child is independent from the issue of support, but the relative time the child spends with each parent can have a substantial impact on how much support is awarded. Other factors such as the needs of the children, their age and their station in life may also influence this amount. A detailed examination of all factors is often the key to establishing the correct amount of support.


In a divorce proceeding, one spouse may be ordered to pay support to the other spouse in the form of alimony. This payment may be temporary or permanent and, once established, only changed by a showing of substantial change in circumstances. In considering the issue of alimony, the Court will look to the length of the marriage, the spouses’ earning capacities, education levels, vocational skills, employability, the time needed to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment, and the ability to pay. There is supposed to be no gender bias in the award of alimony. There are also different types of alimony with different purposes, including “Bridge to Gap” alimony, rehabilitative alimony, durational alimony and permanent alimony. Putting together your best case for, or against, the payment of alimony requires balancing these competing factors and developing the right evidence.


Parents and spouses often find themselves in dramatically different circumstances than existed when the original divorce decree or support order was entered. Issues such as employment, income, remarriage, the need to relocate or the age of the child may require the original order be revisited or changed. If there has been a material and substantial change in circumstance, you may want to consider filing for a modification.


Temporary Relief

The most frustrating aspect of Family Law litigation is determining how to act while the litigation itself is proceeding. What do I do if the other parent will not let me see my child? What can I do about the poor parenting decisions the other parent is making? What do I do with my spouse who is texting and posting on Social Media? How do I make ends meet until this divorce is final? How do I pay for an attorney when I am not receiving marital or child support? Why do I have to take the high road when the other party seemingly gets to do whatever he or she wants? In reality, the other pa11y often is not going to play fair or follow the rules, will bully or threaten you, or will frighten you with bleak pictures of what will happen in the hearing. Fortunately, an experienced attorney will know how to apply for an emergency order or for temporary relief to provide some certainty and guidelines while the litigation is pending. Make sure you inquire about immediate concerns or needs you have in your initial consultation with an attorney.


In the most difficult of cases, one parent may be charged with abuse, abandonment  or  neglect and find the Department of Children and Family Services investigating the home and  parenting. It is not uncommon for one parent to call DCF with accusations against the other. Mark G. Capron has years of experience representing parents in DCF or Dependency cases and enjoys a reputation for aggressive representation of his clients. If you find yourself in these  circumstances, come in for a free consultation.

Let us help you through this tough time.