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Jacksonville, FL 32202

Family Law

FAMILY

At Hodges Law, P.A. we understand the fragile matters such as the dissolution of marriage, child custody, and alimony. We are passionate and professional as we offer accurate information and honest advice to every client facing a difficult family situation.

 

Alimony & Spousal Support

Alimony, spousal support, or maintenance are services provided by Florida law for one spouse to be supported by the other spouse after the marriage has ended. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the divorce, either husband or wife can be required to financially support the other.

The amount of spousal support one spouse must pay the other is based on several factors including duration of the marriage, contribution of each spouse to the marriage (including homemaking and childcare), financial resources of each individual (including all marital and non-marital assets available), the physical and emotional condition of each party, the age of each party, and the standard of living during the marriage.

At Hodges Law, P.A., we are experienced with each type of alimony and spousal support in the state of Florida. We can ensure that your rights will be protected in your case. There are many factors that need to be balanced to achieve agreement during any divorce, and with years of experience, we can provide the smoothest transition possible.

Adoption

Hodges Law, P.A. is committed to helping families build families. If you have a question or issue regarding Identified Adoptions, Interstate Adoptions, International Adoptions, Step-parent Adoptions, Grandparent or Close Relative Adoptions and Surrogacy Plans, We also assist in matching birth mothers with adoptive parents.

Child Custody & Child Support

Our firm represents clients located in the in the Northeast Florida area, including Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach or in the areas around Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, and Clay counties, requiring assistance and legal advice regarding child custody and visitation matters and child support matters. Your goal is the same as ours: to do what is best for your children in light of your unique needs and circumstances.

Divorce, Uncontested Divorce & Mediation

If you have reached this page of our website, you are considering one of the most difficult decisions in your life. Support, understanding, compassion, and counsel are what we provide here at Hodges Law. Julia Hodges has tremendous experience helping traditional families and same sex marriages navigate the dissolution of a marriage. We believe in taking a more sophisticated legal approach to resolving complex marital issues between the parties. Divorce is something that is both time-consuming and costly. We work to manage the conflict that is often the by-product of divorce proceedings, rather than create it. We understand that divorce and/or separation often make things seem out of control. Financial issues, living situations, and issues involving children can be challenging. Getting through the deconstruction of a marriage is a process that can be emotionally difficult. Having an attorney on your side and at your side throughout a divorce can make the process a little easier to handle. The attorneys at Hodges Law are committed to providing a more skilled negotiation on behalf of our clients, achieving a positive and cost effective resolution. Having a satisfied client at the end of the process is our goal, and mutual understanding is our collective desire.

Domestic Abuse

Time is of the essence when seeking a domestic violence restraining order. In all domestic violence matters, our Lawyers will work to resolve these very personal and often painful legal matters as efficiently and delicately as possible.

Paternity

To establish paternity you (either the mother or father) can file a Petition to Establish Paternity with the court. In order to file an action in Florida, the Petitioner must be a resident of the State of Florida for at least 6 months prior to filing. In the Petition, you will request that paternity (i.e. fatherhood) be determined by the Court. Furthermore, through these legal proceedings, the following issues can be addressed: child support, health and medical insurance, visitation, and time sharing and parenting plans pursuant to Florida law.

Dividing Marital Property

The Florida divorce and family law courts are instructed by Florida Statute 61.075 to equally divide marital assets and debts between the spouses. In most cases, the intent of the law is to give 50 percent to the Wife and 50 percent to the Husband. One party may take more debt, but also be given more in assets to equal it all out. The distribution of property can be challenging for spouses because there are items they may both want, or they may feel that what debt is in the other spouse’s name is that spouse’s debt. However, if it became debt during the marriage the name it is in does not typically mean that is where the debt will end up.