The firm of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman handles 100 percent family law cases and is experienced in the full spectrum of dissolution of marriage matters.
- High-Asset Property Division: If you have a divorce case with a highly complex portfolio of assets, Ms. Brown-Wiseman maintains close relationships with forensic accountants and has a paralegal with over 20 years of experience to create a team approach to maintain your financial interests.
- Property Division: The firm determines whether an asset or liability is marital or nonmarital, evaluates fair market values, conducts research and gathers evidence when necessary to support your case and then discusses property distribution scenarios with you.
- Child Custody: Attorney Brown-Wiseman works with you to prepare a proposed parenting plan covering aspects of a child custody timeshare schedule, parental responsibility (decision-making), transportation provisions, and other aspects such as first right of refusal (the right to spend time with your child if the other parent is not available for a designated amount of time). Whenever possible we work with you to amicably settle your case to maintain a positive co-parenting relationship. When trial litigation is necessary, see below for high-conflict child custody.
- High-Conflict Child Custody: Florida's child custody statute requires consideration of each individual child's developmental needs and the parent's ability to meet these needs. Ms. Brown-Wiseman has experience in social work that provides her with superior knowledge to litigate issues of child development and family systems in highly contested child custody cases.
- Relocation: Relocation pursuant to Florida statute is a move of 50 miles or more with a child. The Florida Rules in this area are stringent with severe consequences. The use of an attorney intrinsically familiar with this area of the law is essential.
- Modification of Custody: For a modification of child custody, Florida requires that there must be a substantial unanticipated change of circumstances from the date of the final judgment or subsequent court order to merit a modification. There is ample case law that the lawyer will discuss with you to explain the burden of proving a "substantial" and "unanticipated" change to litigate or prevent a modification.
- Alimony in Initial Divorce Cases: Several factors are considered to determine whether an award of alimony should be granted such as the length of the marriage, each party's financial earning capacity, and the parties' contribution toward the marriage and/or children. Florida had a trend that continued throughout 2014 to decrease the amount and duration of alimony judgments. When necessary, Ms. Brown-Wiseman uses a team approach and works with vocational evaluators to demonstrate a party's ability to earn an income if they are not working outside of the house or if they are underemployed.
- Modification of Alimony: Alimony can be modified if a change of circumstances merits such modification. For example, if a receiving spouse enters into a supportive relationship with another individual or has an increase in earning capacity, the Court can modify or terminate an alimony judgment.
- Business Evaluations: There are different methods to evaluate a business which can result in sometimes exceptionally different financial values. Ms. Brown-Wiseman is familiar with the different business evaluation methods, can litigate in favor of using a particular method, and defend as to why another method may be improper for a particular case. Attorney Brown-Wiseman maintains close relationships with forensic accountants to foster a team approach.
- Collaborative Divorce: Obtain a nonadversarial divorce working as a team with your spouse and Ms. Brown-Wiseman. As a neutral attorney for both parties, Ms. Brown-Wiseman prepares a marital settlement agreement resolving the parties' divorce and then appears with the parties in Court for the judge to sign the final judgment.
- Uncontested Divorce: If you and your spouse desire an amicable divorce but you desire to have your own attorney to protect your interests, Ms. Brown-Wiseman will take you step by step through the divorce process and notify you of your legal rights and options. Then the lawyer will prepare a marital settlement agreement and finalize your case.
- Military Divorce: Military divorce cases have unique issues such as benefits to military spouses, dividing military pensions and in some cases managing child custody issues with a traveling military parent.
- Rights of Out-Of-State Parents: Even if you reside in a different state than your children, child custody timeshare schedules can be created to provide you with, for example, a long weekend each month, spring break, winter break, Thanksgiving and the entire or majority of the summer break to make up for lost time when your children need to attend school.
- Divorce Journals: Documenting and remembering information is an essential component of contested divorce trials. Be prepared, write a journal and learn the Florida law rules about how to write a journal that will permit you to read it during your trial in the event that you cannot recall the details of a particular event.
- Divorce Law Terminology: Here are some basic terms used in divorce cases and the meaning behind the words.
If you are seeking a divorce lawyer who knows how to get results and is sensitive to your emotional needs during this difficult time, contact the Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A.
Attorney Brown-Wiseman provides effective representation in divorce and related issues to clients throughout Broward County and Palm Beach County from her office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Call 954-563-1331 for a consultation.