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The Family Law Practice Group has provided representation to thousands of individuals in Central Florida in a wide variety of family law matters. Click on a topic below to learn more.
Florida is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that a spouse is not required to prove fault or misconduct by the other spouse. Although commonly referred to as divorce, the terminology in the State of Florida is “dissolution of marriage.” All that is required to obtain a divorce is for the marriage to be “irretrievably broken,” which essentially means that the marriage cannot be salvaged through counseling or other means.
For spouses going through the divorce process, the division of marital assets and liabilities can be both stressful and challenging. Florida law requires that marital assets and debts be divided according to the law of equitable distribution. Simply stated, this means that, when the spouses cannot agree on how to divide their property,
Many divorcing spouses are professionals with thriving practices or individuals with successful family businesses who want to protect their livelihood and retain their businesses or practices. Questions arise in divorce, such as whether one spouse is entitled to part of the other spouse’s business or professional practice and, if so, how that spouse will be compensated.
Retirement accounts, pensions and investment accounts are often among the largest and most significant assets at issue in a divorce proceeding. Generally, all vested and non-vested benefits and funds accumulated during the marriage in retirement, pensions, profit-sharing, annuities, and insurance plans are considered marital property and subject to division during a divorce proceeding.
The family law attorneys at Rice Law Firm have handled all types of divorces, including those involving considerable financial holdings, significant marital assets and substantial pre-marital property. Such high-asset divorces are often very difficult and can involve complicated equitable distribution issues, as well as complex laws of finance and taxation.
Alimony is a support payment made from one spouse to another based on the receiving spouse’s need for support and the paying spouse’s ability of to pay. Alimony is a complex legal issue, over which courts have great discretion. It is available to either spouse, whether husband or wife, but not all cases will involve or result in spousal support.
Prospective spouses often wish to protect themselves and their assets with a prenuptial agreement before marriage. These agreements often enable spouses to protect their assets and avoid a contested divorce. With a prenuptial agreement, a prospective husband and wife can establish their property rights and responsibilities in the event of a separation, divorce, or death.
Collaborative Divorce describes a legal process in which divorcing spouses work with trained professionals to resolve all issues without going to court. In the traditional litigation model, the judge resolves family disputes.
Mediation is a type of settlement conference which the opposing parties and their attorneys attend in an attempt to settle most, if not all, of the disputed issues in the case. The conference is conducted by a certified family law mediator, who is disinterested and neutral.
Paternity is a legal action to identify and judicial determine a child’s biological father. Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, paternity can be established in one of several ways. In Florida, a child born to a married couple is presumed to be that of the husband.
For many years, it was common for one parent in a divorce to be awarded primary custody, while the other parent was granted visitation. In October 2008, there were significant changes in Florida law which led to a new child custody statute. As part of the new law, the state largely did away with such terms as “custody,” “primary parent,” and “visitation.”
Both parents are responsible for the support of their children after a divorce or paternity action. In many cases, the parent with whom the child lives most of the time will receive child support from the other parent. Child support is payment made by one parent to another for support of their children after divorce or separation. In most cases, child support will terminate when the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates high school.
After a divorce or paternity judgment, many parents consider moving for job-related reasons, educational opportunities, to be near extended family or to live with a new significant other. Since Florida law holds that it is in the child’s best interest to maintain a relationship with both parents, the benefits of such a move must be balanced with the child’s needs to spend time with both parents.
Florida law recognizes that needs and circumstances change over time and allows for modifications of time-sharing arrangements, child support and alimony in certain cases. For example, a significant change in income may necessitate a change in child support or alimony. Parenting plans may need to be modified due to changes in an ex-spouse’s residence location or employment.
In the state of Florida, a spouse or family member who is the victim of domestic violence or has been threatened with imminent violence may seek an injunction (commonly referred to as a “restraining order”) prohibiting contact with the person named in the injunction.
There is no rule that says probate must be difficult, that estate planning has to be uncomfortable, or that an attorney cannot utilize “plain English” to communicate with a family during a difficult time. Click on a topic below to learn more.
No will becomes final until the death of the testator, and it may be changed or added to by the testator by drawing a new will or by a “codicil,” which is simply an addition or amendment executed with the same formalities of a will.
The revocable, or “living,” trust is often promoted as a means of avoiding probate and saving taxes at death. The revocable trust has certain advantages over a traditional will, but there are many factors to consider before you decide if a revocable trust is best suited to your overall estate plan.
Any adult may file with the court a petition to determine another person’s incapacity setting forth the factual information upon which they base their belief that the person is incapacitated. The court then appoints a committee of two professionals, usually physicians, and a lay person to examine the person and report its findings to the court.
Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the assets of a deceased person (decedent), paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries. In general, the decedent’s assets are used first to pay the cost of the probate proceeding, then are used to pay the decedent’s outstanding debts, and the remainder is distributed to the decedent’s beneficiaries.
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MaryCatherine Crock was absolutely amazing and handled my case with professionalism. She is extremely thorough, very smart, and makes the legal process as stress free as possible. I would absolutely recommend her for any family law litigation.
Outstanding service and response time, within 24 hours upon retaining they were on the case. I had a criminal case. Mr. Bonamo and Rice Law Firm provided a faster than expected resolution/outcome. Professional, sensitive to my situation, and responded to my inquiries, timely and expediently. Without reservations, I would utilize Rice Law and recommend their representation in the future.
Philip J. Bonamo & Co. - 5 stars! It was important to me that my legal team maintain a peaceful calm demeanor during this emotional case. Mr. Bonamo and his team were professional, communicated clearly and promptly, and practiced a calm competence at all times.
I worked with Elizabeth King and her assistant Shannon. Both ladies were professional and very responsive and supportive throughout the whole divorce process. I am really happy with the smooth process and all the support I had from them. I would recommend to anyone. I especially enjoyed having a female attorney! Thank you to the Rice & Rose team.
Phil Bonamo - The peace of mind I received from this gentleman through the devastating process of my divorce was priceless. Absolutely priceless. He even emailed me ON A SUNDAY just to let me know that certain things were being taken care of. If you want professional, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable... set up a consult to meet with him. You will NOT be disappointed!
Matthew Shapiro - I needed an attorney to update my will and trust to add a new family member and review the will and trust based on my current life circumstances. I met with Mr Shapiro, based on recommendations from friends, and was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. Mr. Shapiro made recommendations and made the changes we agreed needed to be made. I will definitely recommend Mr.Shapiro to friends and neighbors.
If you are looking for a great family law attorney, I highly recommend attorney Phillip Bonamo. He is very efficient, compassionate and will work hard to get results for you! Couldn’t ask for a better attorney!
It was an extreme privilege to have Mr. Rice handle my legal services. He expertly guided me through and negotiated my dissolution of marriage addendum. The thought of this upcoming emotional, unpleasant, and possibly expensive process was daunting. My outcome was very favorable because of Mr. Rice's knowledgeable and professional approach. I have and will continue to refer clients to Paul Rice.
Mr. Bonamo was my attorney on a few legal cases, including family law matters. I continued to use his legal services, as he always worked very hard for me and I knew I could count on his experience and professionalism. He and his staff were always available to explain things about my case, and answer any questions that I had in a timely manner. Mr. Bonamo has a great amount of litigation experience which was quickly shown, as I received very good outcomes in my cases. I would definitely recommend his services to anyone that needs an attorney.
Elizabeth King gives a good name to lawyers everywhere. She is exceptionally professional while offering a level of sensitivity and care for her clients that I have not seen in other attorneys (I have worked with some VERY BAD attorneys). She is very responsive, and answers any question you throw at her, without using legal jargon that goes over your head, AND she will look out for your best interests on every front as she did with me.
I had attorney Philip J. Bonamo handle a legal matter for me, and I am so happy that I retained his services. He was right on top of the issue, and he and his staff were able to quickly get the matter resolved. I found Mr. Bonamo to be strait forward and very professional, and timely in his work. If I ever need an attorney's services again, I would not hesitate to use his services again.
Mr. Bonamo was exceptional. I appreciated the professional and outstanding service he and his staff provided. I was confident that he was fighting for me and my children and always felt he had our best interests at heart. All the anxiety I had going into this divorce was greatly reduced as he did above and beyond what I had heard about divorce lawyers. I never had a single complaint and felt that I had a friend on my side at all times. You won’t find a better Lawyer anywhere!
Mr. Bonamo assisted me in a legal case that I had several years ago. I was not familiar with the court system, and Mr. Bonamo from the very beginning put me at ease, explained to me the court process very clearly, and what course of action he suggested for my case. He and his staff were always very professional, approachable, easy to talk with, always answered my questions in a timely manner, and I never had any concerns about their ability to handle my case, which at the time it was a very emotional process. I have referred other people over the years to Mr. Bonamo for legal services, and if I ever needed legal assistance again, I would not hesitate to rehire him.
I have received excellent advice and service from Mr. Rice. What a pleasure to feel secure and know you are getting expert advice - after having gone through two previous attorneys on the same case, having wasted thousands of dollars - and then eventually find the right firm. Save money and time. Go directly to Rice Law Firm.
Mr. Bonamo is a commensurate professional that is compassionate and supportive of his clients. I had several legal matters that needed attention and he handled each one professionally and effectively, while keeping my desired goals in focus. Mr. Bonamo assisted me with cases ranging from family, criminal to civil actions and civil injunctions. Mr. Bonamo's expertise helped me get through the past 6 years, which allowed for my criminal cases to be sealed. Mr. Bonamo has my highest recommendation.
I am constantly traveling for work and Phil was very good to work with remotely. I was the petitioner in case and I am extremely happy I hired Phil. Thank you all so much
I retained Elizabeth King to represent me in the dissolution of my thirty year marriage. Throughout the lengthy divorce process, I experienced Mrs. King to be professional and prompt to respond to any inquiries I made. Her legal knowledge and legal advice were exactly what was needed to navigate this process.
Mr. Bonamo was very professional. He put my wife and I at ease as he and his firm handled my daughter's spring break issues.
I don't usually write reviews, so the fact that I'm taking the time to write one speaks to my opinion of Mr. Bonamo. He helped me handle an unpleasant experience while being both extremely competent and kind. I definitely recommend his services.
Matthew Shapiro responded to all of my questions very promptly and respectfully. Matthew took care of my legal matters and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer.
I have been through several lawyers & am very impressed with Matt Shapiro. Not only is he very responsive to my needs, he is VERY easy to communicate with by phone text & e-mail. He can read, assimilate and reply in a very cost effective manner. Matt has the ability to utilize all technology available therefore doesn't waste your time or his. He is there when you need him, personable and intelligent. I have many lawyer associates but Matt is the one I will continue to trust as MY legal counsel.
This is the first time I needed legal assistance and I could not have been more impressed with Mr. Bonamo and his staff. They were always professional, knowledgeable and compassionate.
After taking time off work for 3 separate consultations over a two week period with large and small area firms I finally found my answer. Elizabeth King was efficient, knowledgeable and kind. She understood my issues and was quick to act. I will never have another attorney represent me for family law matters and I will recommend Elizabeth King to friends, family and anyone who is in need of competent professional representation!
Paul and his team helped me through a very difficult divorce with professionalism and integrity. The outcome was better for me than I'd expected. Negotiations were contentious, but Paul coached me to focus on the business at hand and not let emotions take over. This saved me money and kept the matter for dragging on for years. I would highly recommend Rice Law Firm to anyone.
Philip Bonamo and Ashleigh Drexler both are great at what they do, they helped me all the way from the beginning to the end of my divorce. Kept me informed and looked out for my well being. On top of that they handled everything down in Florida without me having to fly down there from NYC.
I was extremely impressed with Mr. Bonamo's representation on my case in the matter of transferring jurisdiction on my custody case, he was very professional and thorough in court. Mr. Bonamo was extremely informative on the status of the case and the next step in proceedings. His paralegal Ms. Drexler was also exceptional in her communication with me and quick response. I only wish I had found Mr. Bonamo when I first started my divorce case.
My husband and I are opening an Assisted Living Facility. We were unsure where to start and over-whelmed by all the options. Matt Shapiro helped us every step of the way, from forming a corporation, to closing on our property, to making sure we are properly protected. We are very pleased with the excellent service and his expertise.
Working with Beth King, Shannon Gregoire and Kristi Rice has been very comforting. They know what they're doing and I never had to follow up with them, they followed up with me. I felt extremely confident in their knowledge and ability. They don't waste time or money and treat you with the utmost respect. I would recommend Beth King and the entire Rice Law Firm to anyone in need of legal help.
I have and will continue to highly recommend Rice Law Firm. Rice Law is a trusted Law Firm that helped and guided me through a difficult time. Paul Rice and the staff at Rice Law handled my case expediently with brilliant service and extreme professionalism. I was kept informed and was well guided with expert knowledge throughout my entire process.
Rice Law is an excellent law firm, dedicated to providing their clients with quality legal services. I have utilized Phil Bonamo's legal services several times and have always been impressed with his legal counsel and judgement. He and his paralegal, Ashleigh Drexler, were available whenever needed to answer any questions. I always knew the next step in the process and was confident that Phil's focus was on what would be the most advantageous outcome for my family.
I live outside the state of Florida but needed a Florida state Attorney. The Rice Law firm was an excellent choice. They made it easy to handle everything remotely and they were very communicative so that I always felt like I knew what was going on, even though I was far away. Everyone I spoke to at the firm was always professional and courteous and they did not hesitate to answer all of my questions in a way that I could understand. Most of all, I appreciate their expertise and effectiveness in getting the job done. It was so comforting to know that I had such a great team on my side. I am delighted with the service I received from Attorney Matthew Shapiro and Karen Buchanan (Paralegal). They know what they are doing and they do it well.
Mr Bonamo is hands down one of the best attorneys in Central Florida, and one of the most responsive to his clients. I used Mr Bonamo in a complicated family law case, and my results were much better than I could have dreamed. He honestly did earn a 5 star review from me, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney.
When it comes to understanding and having empathy for a family situation, Mr. Bonamo is the cream of the crop. He and Ashleigh make an amazing team. I felt so comfortable working with both of them through the entire process. To be able to have real trust and confidence in the attorney team that represents my best interest while also maintaining a superior level of knowledge and compassion is priceless. I recommend Mr. Bonamo and Ashleigh to any one who wants to be represented by true professionals that really care about you and your life and family.
The best from my experience with them. Mr Bonamo is very down to earth and understanding as well as a good listener, experienced and knows what he’s doing, open to opinions... Ms. Ashleigh very good with updates throughout the whole process. Thank you.
Outstanding service and response time, within 24hrs upon retaining they were on the case. I had a criminal case. Mr Bonamo and Rice Law firm, provided a faster than expected resolution/outcome. Professional, sensitive to my situation and responded to my inquires, timely and expediently. Without reservations I would utilize Rice Law and recommend their representation in the future. - John Maher
I highly recommend Rice Law Firm to any and everyone who is in need. Phil, Ashleigh, and Jodi were wonderful the entire process. I have never even needed a lawyer but found them from a friend and they did not disappoint. They are real, caring people who helped me in my time of need. Even for a sad situation of divorce they helped bring happiness to me and treated me very well during the process. I am grateful they were recommended to me and I recommend them to anyone. Phil...thanks for all the laughs! God bless! And for anyone who is in a difficult situation needing them, you will be cared for like....or even better than family. That's at least how I felt.
Ms. Crock (and her lovely assistant Paige) are an amazing team to work with. They helped put my mind at ease and answered all of my questions. They communicate quickly and efficiently. I truly feel cared for by this team and I appreciate them settling my family court issues. Thank you so much!!
I highly recommend Mr. Rice and his law firm. I am forever grateful for Mr. Rice and his staff. They are professional, dedicated, attentive and caring. You are treated like family. Mr. Rice along with his staff resolved my divorce case in a timely manner, and never missed a detail. They gave me confidence with every step forward, and did an excellent job of closing this awful chapter of my life. Thank you Mr. Rice, Paige and Kristi! God bless -Karen Badger
Philip Bonamo and Ashleigh Drexler worked with me and conducted themselves in a professional manner. I would highly recommend them for all your legal needs – John Rodgers
I was able to not worry and achieved a very satisfactory result because of Paul Rice's significant abilities, extensive experience and professional demeanor. He listened to what I hoped for and intended to happen and to my perspective about what had happened that landed me in a lawyer's office. And he was then able to see the best route and clearly communicate that to me. He knows when help is needed, when to take the path of least resistance, and when to fight back. He comes extraordinarily highly recommended by some of the more notable attorneys in Florida and I couldn't agree more with their assessment of his services. Absolutely top shelf human being, five star attorney, fantastic offices top to bottom and a great staff – Benjamin Blackfoot
If you are going through a divorce, especially with children, you need a great law firm. That is exactly what The Rice Law firm is. MaryCatherine Crock and her paralegals, Paige Russo and Ashleigh Drexler were amazing. It will never be an easy, fast process, but they made it comforting with their professionalism and knowledge. I made the best decision for myself and my daughter by hiring them. Thank you so much for caring and all your hard work! – Tom Maher
If you need a Trust, Will, or Powers of Attorney, look no further than Matt Shapiro at the Rice Law firm. Years ago when married, my husband and I had an Ormond Beach attorney provide all these documents for us. After our divorce, he made a number of changes to the documents for a hefty fee. Then when I needed to make a few other changes after that, he was going to charge the same fee, although it was just a few name changes. When I objected to the cost, given the documents were all online, he got defensive and said he was dropping me as a client! Thank goodness I found Matt, who made all the changes at half the cost, although he had to start from scratch. Over the years, I've had to make additional changes for various reasons, and his fee is more than reasonable. In addition, if I've had a question that might not even relate to these documents, all I have to do is send Matt an email, and he responds right away or calls me personally at no charge. Obviously, I highly recommend him, not only because he's one of the best at what he does and doesn't charge you an arm and a leg, but he's the nicest attorney I've ever met! - Sharon Estes