For over two decades, I have been helping families throughout the St. Petersburg area tackle their difficult divorce and child custody matters. As a child who came from a divorced family, I understand the emotional and financial toll divorce and child custody can have on a family. That is why over 25 years ago, I decided to build a practice around helping individuals tackle the complexities of divorce and family law.
Today as an experienced divorce and child custody attorney, I have helped countless individuals and families overcome their legal struggles and move toward a brighter future. Choosing to file for divorce and facing a potential custody battle can be one of the most challenging moments in your life, but you don't have to go it alone. Call my office today to see how I can help.
Legal issues with family can often feel like they are taking over every aspect of your life. When you choose to work with my firm, I can help remove some of the stress and anxiety surrounding your child custody and divorce matters, so you can begin to focus on moving forward with your family. As your attorney, I will personally get to know you, your children, and your goals, so I can determine the best legal approach for your case. I firmly believe that no client should be left in the dark on the status of their case. That is why I prioritize open and honest communication, to ensure that all of your questions and concerns are addressed at every turn. With over 27 years of litigation experience in high asset divorce & family law proceedings, I have helped countless clients find solutions to even the most complicated legal matters. If you are searching for a family law attorney you can trust, reach out to my firm today to schedule a free consultation.
The decision to get divorced can be an extremely difficult one to make, but no matter the reason, you deserve a chance at a fresh start. As your attorney, I will take on all the legal responsibilities of your divorce and help guide you toward the best resolution for your case.
I understand that as a parent, stability in your child's life is what matters the most. As your attorney, I will work tirelessly to help you seek a positive solution for your child custody case because you and your child's future is what matters most.
At Garth R Goodman, PA, I can also assist with other areas of family law, including parental planning, alimony, modification, and enforcement. With extensive family law experience, you can count on me to handle all of your legal needs.
How Long Does Divorce Take in Florida?
The timeframe it takes to finalize a divorce often depends on whether the divorce is contested or not. In an uncontested divorce, both parties can agree on matters such as the division of assets and child custody — making the process much simpler and faster. In a contested divorce, spouses typically cannot agree on such matters, and the entire process can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
How Do I Get Child Custody?
In Florida, the court believes that it is in the best interest of the child to maintain a relationship with both parents. However, the court does not make it mandatory to have a 50/50 custody split. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the court may decide that it is in the best interest of the child for only one parent to have primary custody, and will evaluate each case individually.
Is There a Residency Requirement?
In order to file for divorce in the state of Florida, one spouse must have been a resident of Florida for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. Individuals serving in the military are not affected by residency requirements when petitioning for divorce, however, if you are temporally living out of the state, it will be up to a judge to decide whether or not you're a resident and can file in Florida.
Since opening my own firm in 1997, I have proudly served St. Petersburg, Florida, and the surrounding areas of Largo, Seminole, Gulfport, and Kenneth City. With my extensive experience, I have helped many clients find the solutions they need in their divorce and child custody matters. If you are searching for a trusted family law attorney, call my office today! I offer free consultations for clients seeking counsel for divorce and child custody.