Without question, the biggest issue that needs to be addressed in connection with evaluating your potential divorce/family law matter is whether there are minor children involved. My clients will immediately note that I place a premium on child advocacy. The protection of any minor children involved in your legal matter is paramount. I strenuously discourage any type of activity by any lawyer and/or party that could have a detrimental effect upon any minor children. Whenever I become active in one’s case, I immediately take inventory of any minor child matters that need to be addressed so that any impact of the legal proceeding upon their physical and emotional well-being can be minimized.
Furthermore, I reserve the right to withdraw from representing any person who is not acting in their children’s best interest. Children are the only truly innocent parties involved in any divorce/family law matter. They are not the ones asking for the divorce and yet frequently they are the ones that are hurt the most. Florida Law makes it very clear that if you choose to involve your children in a divorce or child time-sharing matter (formerly referred to as “child custody matter,”) then that fact can be used against you in ultimately determining who will be the one spending the most time with the minor children. So not only can you potentially lose your attorney if you choose to involve the children in an inappropriate fashion; you could actually hurt your chances of having time with the children as ordered by the judge.
If I am retained by you as your attorney, I pledge to take any reasonably necessary steps within my power to protect your minor children from the negative impact of any divorce or family law matter.