Lawyer, Susan J. Best
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1869 N. Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

Lakeland Family Law Lawyer - Marital Law

Lakeland Family Law Lawyer, providing professional Marital and Family Law Attorney Services in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida

Best Law, PLLC

Call 863.333.0568 to speak with Attorney, Susan J. Best about your Family Law legal needs.

Family law is a very large topic that can involve anything from adoption, divorce, legal name changes, child-related issues, and many other issues prior to, during, after, or even in the absence of the marriage.

When spouses divorce, it is conducted in family court. Later modifications of divorce court orders are conducted in family court. Divorce related modifications may include modification petitions for alimony, child support, time-sharing, and child-related issues pertaining to a geographic relocation of either parent.

Family law also involves establishing parental responsibility and child support and paternity cases.

Adoptions are also a part of family law; however, our law firm focuses our adoption services to step-parent adoptions. If we do get someone that comes into our office who wishes to adopt a child other than a step-parent adoption we will be more than happy to refer you to a law firm in the area that we know and trust.

Something unique to Florida is that when you are married if the wife has a child during the marriage, by law the husband is the legal father of the child, even if he is not the biological father of the child. If needed there is a way to change this by a process called a Disestablishment of Paternity. The Disestablishment of paternity is often requested when a man has been adjudicated to be the father and new evidence is discovered. For example, there was no foreseen reason to initially conduct a paternity test. If the father believes his wife is by an unfaithful and wishes to either confirm or disprove that he is the father, then a paternity test may be requested. This is also common if a father has been paying child support for several years following a divorce with the mother, and he believes he has reason to suspect the child is not his biological child. If it is proven that he is not the biological father of the child, he can then petition the court to terminate the child support and parental responsibility if he so chooses. Child support payments that he has already made our non-recoverable.

Legal name changes are also a part of family law. Legal name changes are often requested by the wife when she gets married. It is recommended in the case of a divorce that if the wife or spouse that originally change their name makes the legal name change part of the divorce, rather than waiting a significant time period to do so. Doing the legal name change on your own rather than making it part of the divorce can make the process of a legal name change more expensive and take a greater period of time.

When one spouse files for divorce, one of the first things that we do is file a motion for temporary relief. Temporary family law court orders will address issues child-related issues, such child support, what the time-sharing and parental responsibilities will be until the divorce is final, and even issues of alimony, who will live in the family home, and other divorce-related issues. You do not want the period between the divorce filing and the divorce becoming finalized to be a free for all and without any structure for the children and the divorcing spouses.

The Family Law issues BEST LAW, PLLC can help you with includes, but are not limited to:

BEST LAW, PLLC, vigorously represents the rights of individuals and families who need to legally address marital and family law legal matters. Protect your legal rights.

Call 863.333.0568 to schedule a confidential legal consultation with SUSAN J. BEST, an experienced Lakeland Family Law Attorney.

Susan J Best, Stuart - Martin County Florida Lawyer

Phone: 863.333.0568

Office Location:
1869 N. Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

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Lawyer, Susan J Best

About Attorney, Susan J. Best

Susan J Best is the founder of the law firm BEST LAW, PLLC.

A fourth-generation native of Lakeland, Ms. Best graduated from Lakeland High School in 1982.

Ms. Best earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management degree from the University of Central Florida in 1986, where she majored in Accounting.

Ms. Best then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1989.

Between 1989 and 1995, Ms. Best served as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Bartow, Florida. While a staff attorney, Ms. Best was first assigned to the Family Division and then was promoted to work with the Chief Judge handling appeals and probate matters.

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Attorney, Susan J. Best has extensive experience in assisting Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida residents and visitors who require professional Marital and Family Law legal services.

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