Orlando Divorce Lawyer Mike Mackhanlall
We Will Not Settle for Less Than You Are Entitled to Under the Law
At Mack Law PA, we know you benefit most from having a divorce attorney who will diligently represent your legal needs. Florida divorce lawyer Mike Mackhanlall thrives in the courtroom, keeps cases on track, and will not settle for less than what you are entitled to under the law. We are aware of the financial strain divorce proceedings cause, and we work to get through the process as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
An Experienced Florida Divorce Litigation Attorney and Advocate
Whether you are going through a contested, highly contested, uncontested, military, and/or high net worth divorce, you need an attorney who will diligently represent your legal needs, whether in the courtroom, the negotiating table or in drafting your divorce agreement. Attorney Mike Mackhanlall guides clients through the potential challenges of divorce and separation.
Florida divorce lawyers and judges apply the PEACE acronym to divorce cases:
- Parental issues such as child custody, time sharing, visitation and special needs
- Equitable distribution of property, assets and debts (property division)
- Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance
- Child support obligations
- Everything else, including prenuptial agreements, domestic violence and attorneys’ fees
Questions About the Divorce Process? Talk to Florida Lawyer Mike Mackhanlall.
Our goal is to maintain the peace throughout the divorce process, no matter how contested the issues may be, while helping clients protect their interests and obtain the results they are legally entitled to. We take a detail-oriented approach, working with qualified experts to arrive at positive strategies for meeting clients’ needs.
We are adept at handling the most complex divorce cases, including:
We understand the complex jurisdictional issues and general legal issues that can arise for military personnel and spouses of military service members in the event of divorce. Many of the divorce cases handled by our law firm involve military service members who are stationed in another state or are overseas.
Parental issues such as child custody, time sharing, visitation and special needs
Florida law provides that these are the only factors that a Judge will consider in awarding custody (time sharing) to a parent, with the overall priority being the best interests of the child(ren) therefore Mike in collaboration with you, will build your case by discovering evidence in regards to each of the factors outline in Florida Statute Section 61.13(3).
Equitable distribution of property, assets and debts (property division)
Generally in Florida, all property (assets) and debt (liabilities) incurred during the marriage is marital property subject to equitable distribution. This is presumed to be a 50/50 split. However, it is unfair that one party will be entitled to a windfall when they did not contribute to the accumulation of assets during the marriage. In this situation many people hire me to seek an INEQUITABLE distribution, whereas one party retains more then 50% of the asset. In that situation, I build my case along the factors provided by Florida law contained in Florida Statute Section 61.075(1) (2014).
Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance
Every year in Florida the politicians in Tallahassee attempt to change the alimony laws in Florida and provide a formula for the calculation of alimony amounts. And every year the politicians fail because of intense lobbying efforts of the Florida Bar and special interests. That means more then ever will you need an experienced attorney like Mike, who knows the ins and outs of how a particular judge will award alimony. Alimony is primarily based on three main factors. First, how long was the marriage? Depending on the length of the marriage there might be a presumption for permanent alimony (long term marriages in excess of 17 yrs and up). Second, is there need of the other party for alimony, and does the other party have the ability to pay? An in-depth case preparation will have to be completed to see the financials of each party and whether there is an ability to pay and if the other party has a need for alimony. Third, if alimony is an issue, then what will be the amount? Mike will prepare your case along the factors stated in Florida Statute Section 61.08(2) (2014), to get you the lowest amount of alimony possible or no alimony if the facts fit or if on the other side, to get you everything that you are entitled too.
Child Support Obligations
Unlike determining alimony, child support is calculated using a formula based on the income of the parties, and the amount of overnights each parent has. The more overnights one parent has over the other, then the lower that persons child support would be (or none). The other party on the other hand would have a higher amount of child support. That is why in this situation many litigants fight for as much overnights as possible to get the lowest amount of child support or possibly no child support due. This can be complicated when one party is self employed and tries to hide there income. The law states that there income should be calculated by the amount of capital they have available to them, not the figures you state they make.
Everything else, including prenuptial agreements, domestic violence and attorneys’ fees
Attorneys fees can be awarded to a party if they can show a need for it, and that the other party has an ability to pay those fees. In practice this generally means that when one party makes a lot more then the other, then there is exposure for possible attorneys fees. Another important factor in Florida in a divorce, because of the politics in current times, is possible domestic violence issues. It is important to have a skilled attorney represent you in all of these matters. As you can see, this is a complicated area of the law and you will need an experienced and seasoned attorney, like Mike, to get you the best results possible.
In divorces that are highly contested, mostly in situations where one party is being spiteful, Mike has experience in taming that party. Taming includes seeking reimbursement for the attorneys fees expended in reigning in that spiteful party. On the other hand, if both parties are reasonable, Mike will work hard to achieve a QUICK and fair settlement acceptable to you. Swiftness is the key in family law cases, as the legal system in Central Florida is highly clogged due to inadequate funding leading.