Family Law


Laws Scott, PLLC are experienced in helping you deal with any family law situation and can help you get the best outcome possible during difficult times. 

A family law issue can be a very trying time in anyone’s life.  Whether you are going through a divorce, paternity action, child custody issue, child support issue, domestic violence proceeding, relocation case or a post judgment proceeding.  

As compared to other legal issues, family law cases are more sensitive and unique to the parties because you are dealing not only with your life, but the future of your children's lives as well. During a divorce proceeding, the Court will address the custody and support of children, alimony, separation of property, division of assets and debts as well as attorneys fees.  You need experienced legal counsel during this time to guide you through this maze of legal issues.
Unlike many civil cases which conclude upon the rendering of a Final Judgment, Final Judgments in family law cases often require the parties to return to Court years later to enforce court orders against noncompliant parties or to modify child support, child custody, relocation restrictions and/or alimony when there has been a change in circumstances of one or both of the parties or the children. 
If you or someone you know needs legal help and assistance concerning a divorce, contact us now. Although a divorce, paternity action or modification proceeding can be an emotional process, the majority of cases do not result in a trial. The Court will require the parties to attend mediate prior to trial in an effort to resolve the issues amongst themselves.  If the issues are resolved a trial is not required.   With the help of an experienced divorce lawyer the two divorcing parties may be able to negotiate and settle upon:
  • Division of Property
  • Division of Debts
  • Child Custody
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
In order to file for divorce in Florida there is requirement of residency for at least one of the parties to reside in Florida for a period of 6 months preceding the filing date.  The venue, or county, where the case should be filed is in the county where the parties last lived as husband and wife.
Family law is the term applied to the laws and rules developed regarding family relationships. Family law rules define not only the relationships between members of a family but also between a family and society as a whole. More than any other area of the law, family law reflects the values society shares regarding how people who are related should treat each other. When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, the advice and assistance of a family law attorney often proves crucial to your understanding of the issues involved and your satisfaction with the ultimate outcome of your family law matter.

Typically, family law attorneys assist people in making and breaking family relationships. Specific areas of representation include marriage and relationship planning, divorce, paternity, child custody, and child support and adoption. 

Jean Laws Scott, PLLC can help you in the following areas;
  • Complex, Contested and Uncontested Divorces
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Property Settlement Agreements
  • Post Divorce Matters
  • Family Mediation
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Pre-Divorce Planning
  •  Paternity
  • Contempt and Enforcement
  • Name Changes
  • Domestic Violence