Family law  encompasses a broad range of family-related matters, including divorce, child custody, child visitation, domestic violence, spousal support, alimony, child support, paternity actions, pre-nuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, post-nuptial settlement agreements, same-sex divorce, same-gender divorce, and same-sex marriage. Many times, these types of issues are emotionally charged. It’s just the nature of close relationships. Attorney Bolivar C. Porta takes the time to listen to your family concerns and provides practical solutions. Mr. Porta works very closely with clients to make the legal process as smooth as possible.

Bolivar C. Porta represents clients in the following areas of Family law throughout Florida:

  • Arbitration
  • Settlement Negotiations
  • Baker Act
  • Bench Trials
  • Adversarial Evidentary Hearings
  • Contempt hearings
  • Parental Alienation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Equitable Distribution of Marital Home and Assets
  • Spousal Support
  • Alimony
  • Child Custody
  • Custody
  • Custodial Time-Sharing
  • Child Time-Sharing
  • Temporary Domestic Violence Injunction
  • Injunction Dating Violence
  • Injunction Repeat Violence
  • Injunction Domestic Violence
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Stay Away Orders
  • Permanent Injunctions
  • Marchman Act
  • Mediation
  • Relocation
  • Enforcement of Final Judgement
  • Post Judgment
  • Same Gender Divorce
  • Same Sex Divorce
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Postnuptial Agreements

Divorce and Its Surrounding Issues

Often, divorce and its surrounding issues, such as property distribution and child custody, can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution proceedings such as mediation or arbitration. Mediation and Arbitration provide in many cases a more expeditious and cost-effective resolution rather than having to go to court. Plus, you have more control, and your voice is heard. A neutral third party is assigned as a mediator to help identify issues, facilitate discussions and achieve an agreed settlement. With these processes, Bolivar C. Porta acts as a legal counsel and coach for his clients. He helps clients get properly prepped for the series of meetings and carefully reviews any proposed settlement agreements. His goal is to ensure that your best interests and needs are met. And if a settlement cannot be achieved, he’s prepared to litigate on your behalf in the courtroom.

Domestic Violence Cases and Injunctions

Trial Attorney Bolivar C. Porta has successfully defended client’s charged with crimes such as domestic violence assault and battery, repeat violence, and dating violence cases. These cases are felony and misdemeanor that could result in your incarceration and are investigated by law enforcement personnel and the police. If you are being investigated and questioned by the police, do not discuss the case with the police, law enforcement, cell-mate, friends, or family. The case will be rigorously prosecuted by the State Attorney’s assigned to your case. Bolivar C. Porta will protect your constitutional rights and provide the best legal defense available. He will fight for your freedom and make sure that your constitutional protections provided by law are adhered to by the prosecuting and law enforcement authorities.

Bolivar C. Porta also routinely represent clients involved in domestic/repeat/dating violence injunction cases which are Circuit Court civil proceedings. He has successfully represented clients who are victims and are awarded temporary or permanent injunctions for domestic violence, dating violence, and repeat violence. Bolivar C. Porta has also successfully defended these cases and avoided permanent injunctions being entered and scarring one’s record. Many client’s are wrongly accused of violence when they were simply defending themselves or another person from further violence. Trial Bolivar C. Porta will present your evidence assuring a complete legal defense to these injunctions. Preparation for Final Hearings/Trials in these proceedings includes and provides for complete discovery such as discovery depositions.

These matters are said to be quasi-criminal in nature in the sense that any violation of any injunction will land you in jail and charged with a separate crime. The direct, indirect, and collateral consequences could entail the client’s loss of employment, loss of client’s residence, loss of the client’s custody of children and can include awards for child support. Additionally, these cases when granted provide almost immediate injunctive relief and full protection for victims of staking, harassment, abuse, and violence. Although you are not required to have an attorney represent you in a domestic/dating/repeat violence injunction, if you are a victim of violence you should immediately contact 911/emergency personnel, the police, and/or seek protection from the Courts and retain counsel.

If you’re facing a family-related issue, turn to Bolivar C. Porta, P.A. for legal guidance and representation. This law firm is committed to your best interests and the best interests of the family. Let their experience work for you.