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Bradenton Firm Resolves Divorce, Custody and Other Disputes

Attorney helps Suncoast families settle legal matters

Whether you are planning to get a divorce or are making plans for the future of your aging loved ones, an attorney can help you collaborate, mediate or litigate to resolve the issues. Since 2011, at Lisa Bell, PA, I’ve helped many clients resolve their family law matters with the compassion needed to find solutions that work for them.

Protecting your future by planning ahead

A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can bring partners closer, knowing that they will be protected in case something goes wrong. These agreements can cover any matter that is not against public policy or criminal law and can be ruled invalid if not properly created. They have the same scope and enforceability but postnuptial agreements require a full disclosure of assets from both parties. I use these tools to help southwest Florida couples feel more financially secure in their marriages.

Mediation: a less expensive, more personal resolution

Mediation is an alternative to a formal court proceeding and involves a neutral third party, usually a family lawyer with special training, working with both parties to reach an amicable agreement in private. The parties may have their own lawyers but are not required to. The discussions are confidential, except for any evidence pertaining to child abuse or potential criminal conduct. If the parties are unhappy with the mediation, the case can always move on to the courts. I have more than 10 years of experience as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and as an advocate for parties in mediation.

Compassionate and experienced advocate helps you through divorce

As a no-fault divorce state, the grounds for a Florida divorce are one partner’s mental incapacity for three years or the marriage being irretrievably broken. Parties can agree to terms outside of court about distribution of property and reasonable distribution of parental duties, with the court resolving only contentious issues. The custodial parent may receive alimony and one of these types of child support:

  • Bridge-the-gap — For specific short-term needs; may not exceed two years
  • Rehabilitative — Helps the party get the skills or credentials needed for self-sufficiency
  • Durational — Usually after marriages of less than 17 years
  • Permanent — Rarely granted for marriages of less than seven years

At Lisa Bell, PA, I prioritize what’s important to you with a personalized solution that looks to the future.

Guardianship or guardian advocacy may be the right decision

When loved ones lose the capacity to care for themselves, Florida law allows for guardians to be appointed. If you are dealing with this circumstance, I can explain the process. A three-person panel must evaluate your loved one to establish incapacity unless a voluntary guardianship has already been set up with that person’s consent. Florida allows for limited guardianships when people are able to take care of themselves in part and plenary guardianships in which all responsibility falls on the guardian.

If you have a child with a developmental disability who is not incapacitated, Florida offers an option called a guardian advocate. If your child has a severe intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome or Phelan-McDermid syndrome, guardian advocacy can help protect your child. I can help you determine if your child meets Florida’s requirements for this process.

Contact a Bradenton family law attorney

At Lisa Bell PA, in Bradenton, Florida, I help clients with various family law matters. Call me at 941-500-4785 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.

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Attorney licenced to practice law in all Florida State Courts since 1996.

A member in good standing of the Florida Bar Association. Florida Supreme Court. Certified Family Mediator since 2008. Practice primarily focused in communities along the SunCoast, including Bradenton, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg.
Office Location
  • Bradenton Office
    435 12th Street West
    Suite 216
    Bradenton, Florida 34205
    Phone: 941-404-4625
    Fax: 941-404-4623