Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Attorney Proudly Serving Jacksonville, FL and Surrounding Areas

So Your Family Needs Help

Jacksonville Divorce AttorneyIf you’re reading this, it’s probably because you, or someone you love is faced with a divorce, annulment, or some other adjustment to a family structure. Because our family is the most important thing in our lives, this pending change affects every aspect of our lives.  Studies have shown that people going through dissolution of a marriage or custody issues have decreased health and happiness, and consume more alcohol than normal. Coping with these physical and emotional limitations makes levelheaded decision-making next to impossible.  You need a trusted Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer with experience and empathy to guide you down this bumpy and oftentimes, catastrophic road.

The Jacksonville Divorce Attorneys at The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. are the industry leaders in handling divorce negotiation and mediation, changing the terms of a divorce by modifying custody arrangements, alimony, child support, visitation, or distribution of property in the Jacksonville area.  Our experience is unparalleled with our extensive knowledge of the Jacksonville court system and the many judges, lawyers, clerks and other professionals with whom we’ve worked with for decades.  The results we’ve attained for our clients have given them the most peace of mind and closure that is possible.  We offer trustworthy expertise throughout the process of coping with and concluding your complex family matter.

If you live in Jacksonville or the surrounding area and are contemplating a divorce or other changes to your family arrangement, don’t hesitate to call our office. Our areas of expertise are varied and extensive, including:

  • Annulments
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Legal Separation
  • Paternity Cases
  • Administrative Paternity/ Child Support
  • Disestablish Paternity Based on New Evidence
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Modification of Judgments
  • Concurrent or Temporary Custody

Is a Lawyer Really Needed?

There are many reasons why you will gain the upper hand in the divorce process if you hire an attorney.

Limited Experience or Knowledge of Family Courts

Judges that preside over family law cases are patient and fair to both parties in a divorce. But even the most patient judge can grow tiresome when dealing with someone who knows nothing about the court system. The last think you need is your family court judge annoyed or impatient with you. Your spouse may hire an attorney immediately who will quickly promote their interests. Going up against an experienced attorney, when you have little to no knowledge of the court’s requirements, is a risky move.

Objective Advice is Essential

Divorce is one of the most painful events in a person’s life. There is not doubt that the painful feelings associated with it are daunting and confusing. Making rational and smart decisions during this time can be extremely difficult. But it’s during this time that the choices you make will affect you and your family’s life for a very long time. Good judgment is essential. An attorney can give you this levelheaded advice and can also help you to see certain aspects of your situation that may complicate your divorce. Having an emotionally uninvolved set of eyes to look at things is imperative.

A Divorce Lawyer Can Suggest Options you Didn’t Know Existed

The average person has never been through the divorce process and doesn’t understand the many different avenues one can take to obtain a divorce. The many options are designed to help each person with their unique situation. A divorce lawyer can evaluate your circumstances and let you know the likely outcome if you take your case to court. The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. is proud of the rapport its attorneys have with judges and other legal administrators in the Jacksonville area. With this connection and their expertise, our lawyers will be able to offer a variety of legally acceptable options to settle your case.

The Paperwork Required is Daunting

Obtaining a legal divorce produces pages and pages worth of paperwork. This paperwork is time consuming and somewhat complicated. If you’re unfamiliar with the legal system, the notations and questions may be confusing. Hiring an attorney takes this daunting responsibility from off of your shoulders. We’re able to produce this documentation swiftly and concisely, making sure our work reflects the best possible outcome for your case.

A Lawyer Helps You See the Big Picture

Restructuring of a family through divorce can oftentimes be a combative and competitive process. Each party can be stubborn and irrational when it comes to getting what they want. A good outcome in a divorce occurs when each person gets some of their “must haves” while conceding on other, less important concerns. But the end result is something both parties are happy with. The Jacksonville Divorce Attorneys at our firm can help you to recognize which factors are most important to you and then help you to decide which aspects you’d be willing to compromise. Keeping your needs and well-being at the forefront at all times, our attorneys can advise you on what you need to do to attain a settlement that best suits your life.

Steps of the Divorce Process

You will need to attain legal representation as soon as possible. Delaying could give your spouse an advantage. Our office will then file for divorce in the county that you were last residing in as a married couple. Next, the other party will be served with the divorce papers and they will be personally handed to your spouse by an officer from the county division Sheriff’s office. The spouse that has been served then has 20 days from the date they received the papers to file. If they do not sign the papers, the divorce proceeding can still commence without their approval. Military divorces have some exceptions to this rule.

Each side will file the necessary paperwork and financial statements will then be required. Once the couples financial situation is understood, a custody agreement of any involved children will be made and a parenting plan developed. Mediation is the next step, occurring three months after filing. After the judge signs your agreement, your divorce is finalized. If no agreement can be made, you will have to obtain a final hearing before the judge, who will then decide your case.

Psychological and Financial Effects of Divorce (And How we Can Help)

When someone goes through a divorce, their friendships often change

People distance themselves from the affected individual because they’re unsure as to what to say or how to comfort the person. Oftentimes they feel that they no longer have much in common with their newly single friend.  This change in one’s social structure can cause disorientation and insecurity. The Jacksonville Divorce Lawyers and staff that make up The Law Office of A. Sam Jubran, P.A. will help you emotionally survive this hardship you’re enduring.

Alcohol Consumption can Increase

These effects can be so psychologically damaging that one or both parties will begin to drink heavily and/or use other addictive drugs to cope with the intense stress. This will probably lead to legal changes to a custody arrangement. Most often, the court system must deal with the substance abuse and control the conflict in their divorce.  This devastating scenario demands skillful legal counsel to make sure that unfair agreements are avoided and parental relationships remain intact.

Religious Orientation is Affected with Divorce

For many people who are deeply religious or belong to an intimate religious group, marriage often has a sacred component. For them, marriage is not just a promise with your spouse, but also a vow with God. Because of this, divorcing individuals can feel intense guilt and shame. Depression or despondency can set in when someone’s spiritual structure is disrupted. These intense emotions and identity disturbance can throw off your ability to make logical decisions. You may lose confidence in your choices and become very unsure as to what the next step is. Rely on the experience that we bring to your situation. You can have confidence in our counsel. This will give you the peace of mind to grapple with the trying emotions of such an identity crisis, while we worry about your legal concerns.

Making Your Children Our Priority

In the beginning phases of a divorce, a parent worries about supporting themselves and their children, once their partner’s income is severed from their own. Florida courts routinely order temporary child support, so your children have the financial support to succeed, while you wait for your divorce to be finalized. The Jacksonville Divorce Attorneys at A. Sam Jubran’s office are experts when it comes to positioning their client for temporary support.

In our years of experience in Florida family courts, we understand that a child’s best interest is the standard for all orders of child custody and visitation. Child support is calculated from several different factors, including the combined income of their parents and each parent’s willingness to facilitate visitations. Our office understands that a cooperative attitude lends an advantage in court proceedings involving custody.  We can assist parents in maintaining this cooperative attitude and looking at the bigger picture in preparation for negotiations on your behalf.

In 2005, a study was performed with the goal of understanding the long-term affects of divorce on children.   Among other consequences such as trouble in school, a propensity towards drug abuse, and health issues, it was shown that children of divorce are more likely to divorce as adults.  But these statistics decreased the more peaceful the divorcing parents handled the dissolution process. A reliable Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer at A. Sam Jubran’s office understands the delicate balance between making the process as smooth as possible and still aggressively advocating for their client. We have the well being of your entire family in mind when representing you.

Most Efficiently Resolving Your Matter

Although we are adept and confident in Florida family courts, we can most likely resolve your matter outside of court, through mediation or other forums of negotiation. We are experienced in attaining a peaceful resolution without having to endure the stress and cost of litigation. We will work hard to achieve this end, before entering in a litigious process that is expensive, time consuming, and emotionally taxing.

Should litigation be required, we are connected to and have relationships with a myriad of the best experts in the Jacksonville area.  From experts in Divorce Accounting to Domestic Violence and Marital Property, we’ll make sure to utilize the most qualified professionals when arguing your case and seeing that your rights are protected and implemented.

Dissolution In the United States – Informative Facts and Interesting Stats

Divorce is a reality and quite common in this day and age.  “Til death do us part” has never been less true than it is now.  Some studies indicate that almost 42% of marriages hit the rails and end in divorce. We all know someone in our inner circle who has been there and done that, but have you ever wondered which state has the highest (or lowest) rate for divorce? Or in which age group is wedded bliss most likely to end in divorce?  How does the US stack up against other countries?

Check Out Our Facts About Divorce Infographic

Call Jacksonville Divorce Lawyer Sam Jubran

Our staff is extremely qualified and committed to helping our clients in every way possible.  We’re proud of the decades of experience our combined efforts afford each and every one of our clients. We are here to address your immediate complaints and are diligently working on your case, to make sure it’s efficiently and successfully handled. The privacy of your case is of our utmost priority. The integrity and trust with which we will handle every aspect of your case, is something we put great pride and effort into. We tackle each obstacle of your family issue as if it were our own matter. Trust in our experience of exceptional results and count on us to supportively conclude your family’s biggest transition. Call The Law Office of Sam Jubran, P.A. today for your free confidential consultation.