Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support in Florida

The end of a marriage is one of the most stressful events you can go through in life. If there are children involved, it is even more stressful. Mr. Marraffino earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and helps his clients through this process.

At our office, we know you don’t need your lawyer to add conflict and stress. We will work towards achieving a positive resolution of your case and if that cannot be accomplished, we are ready to protect your rights in court. Our goal is to protect you and to keep your legal fees as low as possible.
When you are ready for an attorney, you need the best divorce attorney/lawyer in Gainesville. Call Gainesville Divorce Attorney Lawrence Marraffino and he will personally answer your questions.


Family-Law--Divorce-and-Child-Custody--element44If you are considering a divorce, you are going through a lot of stress. The last thing you need is the stress of looking for a good divorce attorney to help you.
How do you know who is the right divorce lawyer for you? The right divorce lawyer is the one who you feel makes you feel most at ease and has your best interests at heart, not running up a huge fee.

At Marraffino Law Firm, we understand. Mr. Marraffino knows the stress you feel and will not add to that stress. He will try to work out a settlement to make things easier on you. If that is not possible, Mr. Marraffino is fully prepared to take your case all the way to trial. In either event, our kind and compassionate staff is there to help you.

Please call us if we can be of service to you. When you are facing divorce, you want the best family law attorney/lawyer in Gainesville.

Call and Mr. Marraffino and he will speak to you personally about your unique situation to help you with your divorce or family law issues.

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Child Custody

Family-Law--Divorce-and-Child-Custody--element45Florida law strongly favors shared parental responsibility in divorce and paternity cases, where parents are disputing who should care for their child or children.  This is because most psychologists agree that it is the healthiest for the child when both parents take part in caring for their children’s mental and physical needs. In order to obtain an order of “sole custody”, a parent must generally prove that the other parent is “unfit.” This is a tough burden to carry in court. Courts want to see both parents provide a loving and caring environment to the children even if the parents themselves cannot get along. Recognizing this prior to coming to court can make your divorce much easier on you and your children. Florida courts start with the assumption that each parent will “timeshare” equally. Of course, you are free to agree on an alternate arrangement.

Call our office for further information and Gainesville’s Divorce/Family lawyer Lawrence Marraffino will answer your questions about child custody.

Mr. Marraffino is a Divorce/Family Law attorney waiting to help you in this most difficult time. When you are going through a divorce, you need more than a lawyer, you need someone who cares.

Child Support

Family-Law--Divorce-and-Child-Custody--element48Child support is awarded in Florida based upon a mathematical formula that is revised every year according to Florida law. It leaves the Court, assigned to your case, with very little discretion. Therefore, it is sometimes in the best interests of both parties, in a divorce or paternity case, to decide child support themselves rather than leave it to the Court. As long as the Court feels the child or children are adequately taken care of, the child support settlement will be approved. If you cannot agree, the Court will decide based on the relative incomes of the parties and the formula contained in the Florida Statutes. Child support, once ordered must be paid, or the non-paying party may be held in contempt of court, which can include an order to serve time in jail.

Mr. Marraffino can assist in enforcing existing child support orders as well as obtaining new ones.
Call for more information. Lawrence J. Marraffino is a Child Support Attorney in Gainesville who is happy to answer your questions personally when you call.

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