DESTIN FAMILY LAW LAWYER
Family law cases are rife with emotion, and clients require a dedicated and experienced attorney by their side during life-changing times. At Keich Law Firm P.A., I provide compassionate and personalized representation for my clients, particularly those filing for divorce. I handle all legal “heavy lifting” while clients deal with personal issues related to their families, specifically their children.
Whether you are divorcing your spouse or adopting a stepchild, you need a tireless advocate at your side. Contact my Destin law office at (850) 460-2989 to speak to an experience family law attorney.
Dedicated Lawyer Helping Families Through Tough Times
I am attorney Jeremy Keich. At Keich Law Firm P.A., my practice of family law includes the following:
- Child support
- Child custody
- Domestic violence
- Parenting plans
DeFuniak Springs Attorney With Experience Handling Child Custody, Paternity, and Stepparent Adoption Cases
Divorce involves more than drafting a divorce agreement. Many divorce cases I handle involve child custody and child support agreements. Child custody and child support determinations become challenging when a couple has children outside of marriage. In those cases, paternity tests are needed to secure support for the mother and parenting time for the father.
My firm also brings families together through adoption. Adoption is a rare area of my legal practice. While it is complex and sometimes emotional to take custody away from a biological parent, the union of a new family can be rewarding for everyone involved. Stepparents have the opportunity to formalize relationships with stepchildren. My firm is happy to assist families with stepparent adoption.
Contact My Walton County Law Firm
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Walton County family law attorney regarding property division or child support modifications, please contact my law firm in Destin, Florida.
When a husband and wife separate, one spouse may be left in a sticky financial situation. One spouse may have stayed at home to care for the children, while the other spouse earned a living to support the family. The spouse who stayed at home may now be without a stable source of income, but he or she does not need to be stuck in this bind. A lawyer can help you obtain alimony from your former spouse.
At Keich Law Firm P.A., I will strive to understand your needs and the impact your divorce will have on your life. I can help you receive alimony payments so you do not have to be severely impacted by your drastic lifestyle change.
DeFuniak Springs Spousal Support Attorney
Alimony, also known as “spousal support” or “spousal maintenance,” refers to financial assistance from one spouse to another to alleviate any economic hardship that may occur as a result of the divorce. In Florida, there are six types of alimony that a court can award:
- Lump Sum
Each individual situation is unique, and the type of alimony awarded caters to the specific needs of the recipient spouse. The type of alimony is determined by a variety of factors, including:
- Length of Marriage
- Age, physical and emotional condition of each party
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Financial resources of each spouse
- Contribution of each spouse to the marriage
- Length of time the recipient would need support for education or training to become self-sufficient
I provide personalized representation to my clients because I understand that each person comes from a unique situation. Turn to Keich Law Firm P.A. to help you obtain the type of alimony that best fits your needs. I also represent the payer’s spouse if making alimony payments will hurt him or her economically.
Walton County Child Custody and Support Attorney
Emotions run high between divorcing spouses, especially in situations involving custody and the support of children. Parents sometimes use their children to gain advantages in
money and time spent with them. My job is to help you make informed decisions. Florida is a no-fault divorce state that mandates mediation. Resolving issues cooperatively can go a long way toward establishing and even repairing family relationships in the future.
At Keich Law Firm P.A., I will help you assess your situation thoroughly so that you can make informed decisions in child-related matters and property division. While hard feelings may exist between you and your spouse, I can guide you through the process while protecting your rights and looking out for your best interests.
CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATION LAWYER
Modifying Alimony in Walton and Okaloosa Counties
You and your ex-spouse may have existing alimony, child custody, and child support agreements, but sometimes you may need to modify the agreement due to a change of circumstances. Perhaps you were laid off from a job and no longer have a source of regular income to pay child support. Maybe you were seriously injured in an accident and have a mountain of medical bills. If you find yourself unable to make child support or alimony payments because of a major life event, you have options.
At Keich Law Firm P.A., I provide personalized service for clients. I will assess your situation and provide you with options to modify your child support agreement, whether you want to lower or raise payments.
Change Your Child Custody Agreements and Alimony By Consulting a DeFuniak Springs Attorney
In Florida, a court will modify alimony and child support if there has been a substantial change of circumstances since the divorce was finalized. Some factors to support modification are:
- Employment status
To modify child support payments, Florida courts may also look to the child support guidelines as a basis that meets a substantial change in circumstance in a limited scope:
“The difference between the existing monthly obligation and the amount provided for under the guidelines shall be at least 15 percent or $50, whichever amount is greater, before the court may find that the guidelines provide a substantial change in circumstances.”
Section 61.30 (1)(b)
You need a lawyer who will give you personalized attention. I will be attentive to your reasons for modifying alimony, child custody, or child support. I will discuss with you options so that you do not have to worry about your financial situation.
CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER
When parents decide to divorce, a heated battle for child custody may ensue. Not only is time spent with the children at stake, but parents may also have disagreements over how to raise the kids. The right to parent should not have to be hard to obtain. I can help parents sort through child custody issues so that they can agree to an arrangement that works for both of them.
DeFuniak Springs Attorney With Experience Handling Child Visitation and Parenting Time
Typically, parents fight over who gets physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to who the child will live with. Legal custody refers to who gets to make the decisions on the children’s health care, education, religion, and other concerns.
In Florida, the court must order both parents to share parental responsibility for their children, unless it is detrimental to the kids. Parents may agree upon joint physical and legal custody, where time and decision-making abilities are equal. In some situations, parents will have joint legal custody, but one parent will have sole physical custody while the other parent will receive visitation rights.
Florida courts use the “best interest” of the child as the standard to establish the child custody arrangement. The “best interest” considers several factors, including:
- Mental, physical, and emotional health of the parents
- Stability of the child’s home environment
- Parent’s willingness to encourage and support a relationship between the child and the other parent
- Parents’ ability to respond to the child’s needs
- The child’s wishes, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient age, intelligence, understanding, and experience
Custody and visitation may also be affected if the parents were never married. Paternity must be determined for a father to even have a legal right to custody or visitation. As a lawyer who has experience with Florida family law, I am prepared to guide clients through child custody proceedings no matter what situation they are in.
Paternity may play a huge role when determining child custody and support, particularly if a child was born out of wedlock. If a father and mother were not married when their child was born, the father is not entitled to legal parental rights. Typically, paternity becomes an issue if a father wants to establish parenting time and visitation rights or if a mother wants to collect child support from the father.
Turn to Keich Law Firm P.A. for tireless advocacy in your paternity dispute. I will strive to ensure that your rights are protected, especially when your relationship with your children is at stake.
DeFuniak Springs Attorney Helping You Establish Child Support
The paternity process can get emotional when the welfare of the child is on the line. I am attorney Jeremy Keich. I strive to establish paternity for clients so that not another day goes by where their children are left without the support of their parents.
In Florida, paternity can be established through five methods. Two methods involve marriage, either the parents are married when the child is born or the parents get married after their child is born and update the birth records. However, the parents do not have to be married to establish paternity:
- Acknowledgment of paternity (a legal document a couple signs)
- Administrative order based on a DNA test
- Court order by a judge
The costs of DNA testing and the hassle of obtaining an order may seem burdensome and stressful to deal with alone. You need a lawyer who will talk you through the options and aggressively advocate for your legal rights.