Bridget Heptner Law Office, Inc.
Family Law Attorney
727-726-9799

DOCUMENTS

You may call or  e-mail us to schedule your initial consultation. During your first visit we will obtain some background information to determine if Pinellas County is the proper venue for your case, which means our county is the county in which the Petition needs to be filed. We will assess your financial circumstances in order to determine the potential for alimony, child support and a fair and equitable distribution of the marital assets, and filtering out those assets which are considered non-marital under the law. In order to do this, it would be best if you would first fill out a Florida Family Law Financial Affidavit. There is a long form, to be filled out by persons earning greater than $50,000.00 annual income, or if you earn less, please fill out the short form. Please select the appropriate form and print a copy. Fill it out to the best of your ability:

In all family law cases, there is a rule called  Mandatory Disclosure, Fam. L. R. Civ. Pro. 12.285. It requires you to automatically provide certain financial records to your spouse’s attorney within 45 days of filing or being served with a Petition. You can obtain a copy of that rule by clicking on “ Mandatory Disclosure”. Please gather together the items that are within your possession; if you do not have copies of the relevant items, please order them from the bank or business. This will help our office to evaluate equity in assets and the level of liabilities at issue in your case.

Additionally, in all family law cases involving minor children, there is a law, Florida Statute 61.21, which requires each parent to attend a one-time parenting seminar. You can  enroll in that class by going to SPC (click here). The cost is $40.00 and upon completion, you will be given a certificate which you will then need to provide to your attorney so that they may file it with the Clerk of Court.

During the consultation we will demonstrate the calculation of child support through a program called the Divorce Power Analyzer. Florida has revised the child support statute on January 1, 2011. We will explain this new law and provide you with examples of how child support may be calculated in your particular case.

Florida also has several forms of alimony. We will analyze you and your spouse’s financial circumstances and which type, if any, you may be entitled to or may be responsible to pay your spouse.

Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means, assets and liabilities which are non-martial need to be identified, as they remain non-marital, while marital assets and liabilities (those incurred during the marriage), are subject to being equally divided between the parties, except under certain circumstances. We will discuss and analyze options available to you for the division of these assets and liabilities.

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