FAMILY LAW

At The Law Office of Shirlarian N. Williams, P.A. we strive to provide our Clients with affordable, honest and reliable represenation that focuses on the unique needs of each Client.  Our practice includes legal guidance as to the following family law issues: divorce, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support and domestic violence orders.  We understand how overwhelming the court process may seem, and we are committed to simplifying each step to allow our Clients to focus on what is most important to them.

Child Custody and Visitation
Child custody involves two issues: physical custody and legal custody.  Physical custody is an articulation of the timeshare between the parents, as well as an assignment of the primary residence for the child.  Legal custody grants the parent or parents the right to make decisions about the child’s health, safety, education, and welfare.  Visitation also called "timesharing" is the actual time the child spends with each parent, and the manner in which that time is spent. 

Child Support
Child support is the money paid from one parent to the other towards the support of their children.  

Divorce
Florida is a no-fault divorce state.  This means that any married person can ask for a divorce without providing a reason.  In order for the court to grant a divorce, the parties must reach agreements or obtain court orders resolving asset and debt division, spousal support, and if the couple has children together, custody, visitation, and child support.  

Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence can be physical violence, a verbal threat of physical violence, emotional abuse or a pattern of harassing behavior. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders can order the restrained person to not contact you or go near you, your children, or other relatives, stay away from your home, work, and children’s schools, move out of your home, follow custody and visitation orders, and adhere to property restraints.