What Our Clients Say

Testimonials

Helping our clients through tough times and effectively and efficiently resolving difficult family law issues is our mission.  Here are just a few of the positive things our clients have to say about our firm:

“Mr. Chan guided me through my recent divorce. Throughout the process, he provided excellent representation while addressing my needs and concerns. Mr. Chan was always available with answers to my legal questions, and I always felt I was given all of the information and assistance I needed to make the best decisions for myself and my children.”

“Mr. Chan is honest, rational, educated, and possesses all of the traits reasonable people look for in an attorney, but mostly, I appreciate that he understands that the most desirable outcome in a dissolution that involves children is one in which both parties can function as co-parents afterward…”

“Blair took me in during a very stressful and difficult time of my life and put me at ease from day one of meeting him. He took the time to listen and understand what I was going through. He didn’t just focus on the case, but also how I was doing personally as well. He was very professional and his advice has been invaluable. I would and do recommend him to others when I hear they may be facing a divorce. Bottom line is he is a top notch attorney and an ethical man.”

“Blair was a pleasure to work with on my case. Anytime I needed to know something they were great to responding quickly. I highly recommend him.”

“Blair was upfront and honest. I was involved in a divorce with my ex-husband when our parenting plan was very weakly written by my previous attorney. At the time of my divorce I wanted to be done with my divorce so I compromised at mediation. But two years later, I was still trying to see my kids despite the week parenting plan that allowed my ex husband to alot a certain number of nights visitation at his discretion.”

“Many attorneys charge you money just to talk to you. Blair was there to help me with advice and then I paid for his services when I needed him. Very helpful, friendly and truly looked out for my best interests.”

Divorce can be devastating for many reasons. The emotional aspects and the related financial issues can be the most problematic. Moving on from your divorce may seem impossible at the time you are experiencing it, but you can do it. Millions of people lead satisfying, productive lives after going through a divorce—and you can too. Use the following suggestions, tips, and tricks to help you move on after your divorce.

1. Realize that anger is an emotion that only focuses on the past.

 

Being angry after your divorce really does not serve any purpose. It can trap you and force you to stew on events that are in the past and that you cannot change. In fact, issues with anger or holding grudges can make you physically ill. Living with that type of emotion all the time can be exhausting and cause depression.

Looking forward means getting past the anger or sadness. It can take time, and you have every right to be upset about your situation. However, moving past your divorce means getting over the anger.

2. Moving on financially after a divorce can be difficult.

 

A divorce can cause severe financial constraints. It also changes many aspects of your budget, including income and monthly expenses. For some, these financial changes are a welcome adjustment, particularly if they had a spouse that was not moneywise. However, for others, these changes can result in serious financial turmoil.

The divorce process itself can help you prepare for these changes if you are aware of them. For example, if you are divorcing the breadwinner of the family, asking the court for alimony while you look for a better job may be a good option for you. It is always a good idea to consider what your finances will look like after the divorce is finalized. Sometimes this process is not intuitive, so having a good divorce attorney on your side is always a good idea.

3. Making positive changes for your children.

 

Divorce can be especially difficult for kids. They may not understand what is happening or they may blame one parent or the other. Anger, depression, anxiety and many other issues can arise. When discussing the divorce, it is important to explain to your children not only what is happening but also why the change may be positive.

Be sure to explain changes that directly affect your child, including whether they will be attending a new school or changing their schedule. Children often function better when they have a set schedule and even consistent obligations.

Moving On Means Different Things for Everyone

It will take time for everyone to adjust, so be patient with not only your children but yourself as well. Money problems affect everyone differently. Health issues can crop up as well. How your divorce ends will also have a significant impact on how long it takes you to move forward. If you are leaving an unhealthy relationship, the change may be welcomed, but not every marriage was unhappy or unsafe. Everyone adjusts at their own pace, so do not feel like you should be “moving on” faster or more efficiently—do what works for you.

Having an attorney on your side that understands how your divorce will affect you in the long-term can be an invaluable resource while you are moving through your divorce. Contact our team for more information on how we can help.

When you go through the divorce process, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse both agree that the marriage was valid. This is an assumption that you must make to have a legal divorce. An annulment, on the other hand, treats the marriage as if it never happened. There are only certain circumstances in which an annulment is appropriate, however.

Why Would You Want an Annulment?

Some couples prefer to have their marriage annulled because they believe divorce carries a stigma that they would like to avoid. Others wish to have the marriage annulled for religious reasons or to be able to remarry in their church at a later time.

There are two types of annulment. The first is based on civil law and is granted by the government, and the other is a religious annulment carried out by the church.

Requirements for a Civil Annulment

Florida allows civil annulment, but unlike a divorce, it does not have an annulment statute. Instead, annulment is based on prior decisions of the court, often referred to as “case law.” They can be difficult to establish, which is why many couples seek a divorce instead of an annulment in Florida.

A marriage that is void or voidable can be annulled in Florida. A “void” marriage is one that was always invalid, often because it violated the law when it was carried out. For example, a bigamous marriage is always void in Florida.

A “voidable” marriage can be canceled or annulled at the option of either spouse, but it can also continue if the spouses prefer. For example, your marriage may be voidable if you discover that your wife is pregnant by another man shortly after you marry.

Some of the most common reasons that couples get annulment are included below.

 

  • Underage Spouse. The legal age that someone can enter a marriage in Florida is 18. If the spouse is under 18 and the marriage took place without the consent of his or her parents, then the marriage may be annulled. In fact, parents may even be able to annul the marriage on behalf of their child in some circumstances.
  • Fraud or Duress. A valid marriage must be entered into freely and voluntarily. If someone is forcing another person to marry or convinces the spouse to marry under false pretenses, the marriage is not valid. Either party can seek an annulment under these circumstances.
  • Mental Incapacity. You must have the capacity to enter a contract to be legally married. If either spouse cannot knowingly enter this type of agreement, the marriage can be annulled. If you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the wedding or when you agreed to be married, you may also be able to annul the marriage.

 

Physical disability that affects your ability to conceive or consummate the marriage can also be a reason to annul the marriage. Marriages that involve bigamy or incest are also void in Florida.

You must file certain documentation with the local county court in Florida to seek an annulment. The process is very different than obtaining a divorce. Determining which route is best for you and your unique situation can be difficult, but an experienced family law lawyer can help you with this process. Call 813-280-5301 for more information.

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