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Experienced Shalimar Family Lawyers Help Clients Move Forward

Okaloosa County attorneys assist Floridians whose marriage is ending

Divorce and other family law matters are fraught with emotion, making them among the most complex legal issues to handle. Our legal team at Copus & Copus, P.A. in Shalimar understands how difficult these situations are, which is why we are committed to compassionate and personal legal guidance. Our Florida attorneys draw on more than 30 years of collective experience in pursuing the best interests of our clients. In thousands of cases, attorneys Steven and Jennifer Copus have guided families in the Panhandle toward a brighter future. When you hire us, we will never hand you over to an assistant who lacks the credentials necessary to represent you. Instead, we will carry you through each step of your case to ensure your rights are protected during your divorce.

Thorough advocates handle each aspect of your divorce proceeding

If you’ve chosen to end your marriage, it’s important to have a detailed understanding of the laws and procedures that govern divorce in Florida. Our Okaloosa County legal team delivers knowledgeable guidance on key issues such as:

  • Filing — At least one spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months to file for a dissolution of marriage. Florida is a strictly no-fault jurisdiction, so the only grounds for divorce are that the marriage is irretrievably broken or one of the parties has a mental incapacity of at least three years’ duration. While filing isn’t based on alleged marital misconduct, such as adultery, some misbehavior might be relevant to custody, property or support determinations.
  • Property division — Division of property, assets, and debts is one of the most stressful aspects of the entire divorce process. Under the state’s equitable distribution standard, assets and debts are not necessarily divided equally, but based on what a judge thinks is fair. During negotiations and in court, we will present a compelling argument to maximize the likelihood of a favorable outcome.
  • Legal separation —Florida does not offer legal separation: either you are married or you’re not. However, if you and your spouse live apart, our firm can help with legal arrangements regarding financial and parenting issues.

We know that in addition to the legal and emotional challenges you face, divorce also triggers financial strain. To help you start your next chapter successfully, our firm offers affordable rates so call us to schedule your initial consultation.

Accomplished law firm pursues appropriate alimony terms

When marriages end, spouses who stayed at home for many years might lack the ability to support themselves and maintain their standard of living. To rectify such situations, Florida has established various types of alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, which are payments to assist a husband or wife during and after a divorce. Whether a spouse seeks temporary support while the divorce is pending, funds to cover them while they restore their earning capacity, or long-term financial maintenance, we’ll outline the relevant factors that go into these decisions, such as the duration of the marriage. From there, we’ll assert your rights effectively whether you are the potential paying or recipient spouse.

Skillful advisers use divorce mediation to resolve differences effectively

As a husband-and-wife law firm, we understand that many divorce disputes can be worked out without the aggravation and expense of litigation. That’s why we are strong supporters of divorce mediation, where terms relating to property division, child custody, alimony and other concerns are resolved in a less formal setting. With the assistance of a qualified mediator, you and your spouse can maintain your control and privacy while reaching a consensus that respects both parties’ wishes. In addition to the advocacy we provide in this forum, attorney Jennifer Copus is a mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court and can provide a comprehensive perspective on these proceedings.

Contact a knowledgeable Florida family law attorney for a consultation.

Copus & Copus, P.A. represents Florida clients in all types of family law issues, including divorce, separation and other matters. Please call 850-659-2230 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our office in Shalimar.

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  • Fort Walton Beach Office
    25 Walter Martin Road, Suite 200
    Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
    Phone: 850-609-1433
    Fax: 850-609-1503