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Sarasota Family Law Attorneys

Protecting your Family and your Property is our priority.

Sarasota Family Law Attorneys

Protecting Your Family and Your Property Is Our Priority.

At Tobaygo Law, we understand that the divorce process involves more than just the law; it involves your family. For most clients, a divorce is their first experience in the courtroom, and, when combined with the heavy emotional components, it can be overwhelming. Our attorneys combine proven litigation skills and extensive trial and negotiation experience.

Our representation starts with client preparation and education. We make sure that our clients understand how the law effects their specific case and that they feel prepared and confident to make the right decisions to protect their finances, their family and their rights. When the time comes, you’ll be ready.

Our first goal is to achieve the most favorable settlement for our client regardless of whether that means protecting their financial position or guarding their relationship with their children. We also understand that settlement isn’t always possible. Because our focus is on client education and involvement, personalized comprehensive representation for your case is a hallmark of our firm, and our attorneys provide each client with specific, tailored advice. We know that your case is unique, and we treat it that way, evaluating your goals alongside the law to ensure the best possible outcome.

Our attorneys have developed relationships with some of the best supporting professionals in the Florida Golf Coast region including real estate appraisers, forensic accountants, and mental health professionals for adults and children, all designed to give our clients every possible advantage in their divorce cases.

Our attorneys represent clients on all of the following family law issues:

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Sarasota Divorce & Family Attorneys

Many people remain in unhappy marriages because they dread the prospect of divorce. These feelings of apprehension are understandable because a divorce can adversely affect your parent-child relationship, lower your standard of living and threaten your long-term financial security. While a marital dissolution can turn your life upside down, this is not a preordained result. Our experienced Florida divorce attorneys at the law firm of Tobaygo Law tenaciously represent our client’s financial and parental interests.

Although we know that negotiated, mutually amicable, family law solutions can serve the best interest of both our clients and their children, we are litigation attorneys who rely on meticulous preparation and tenacious advocacy to pursue the best outcomes on highly contested family law issues. In short, we guide our clients through bitter, contentious conflicts regarding equitable distribution, child custody , alimony and child support while helping our clients choose their battles. Our attorney-client team approach is predicated on effective communication, so you can participate effectively in obtaining a desirable resolution of your divorce issues.

Why is the law firm of Tobaygo Law the right choice?

Our family law firm is committed to making a positive difference for clients across Sarasota County and Manatee County in Florida. The law firm of Tobaygo Law offers highly personalized and responsive representation tailored to the individual needs of each client. Florida divorce attorneys Sean and Angela Tobaygo skillfully and compassionately guide clients through the full spectrum of family law matters whether the resolution involves settlement or trial.

Even if you think you and your spouse have worked out your financial and parenting time-share issues, we can advise you of your rights and the range of possibilities if a judge rules on a particular issue at trial. We empower our clients to make informed decisions and assist clients in ensuring they do not overlook key issues before settling a divorce or other family law matter. We also can carefully craft your marital settlement agreement while persuasively negotiating on your behalf when issues arise.

When these types of issues arise in a Florida divorce, the marital dissolution frequently can be complex and antagonistic. These types of high conflict divorces require an experienced litigation attorney who welcomes the prospect of a trial when it provides the most direct path toward the goals of his or her client. Although we are careful not to “pick a fight” that will do little more than run up our client’s bill, we do not shy away from one when it is the best option to protect our clients financial, parental and personal interests.

Our experience and expertise means that we are able to anticipate issues that pose a greater chance of contentious litigation, such as:

  • Parental relocations
  • Allegations of substance abuse by a parent
  • Domestic violence claims in custody disputes
  • Purported abuse or neglect of a child by a parent
  • Hidden or diverted marital assets
  • Valuation and division of a professional practice or family business
  • High new worth divorce

Customized Solutions When Navigating The Divorce Process

Tobaygo Law has assisted hundreds of individuals through the difficult process of obtaining a divorce.  A divorce can encompass a myriad of issues, including child custody and timesharing, property division, division of retirement plans and benefits, maintenance or spousal support, child support, and tax issues.  When you work with an attorney at Tobaygo Law, you can expect to receive the benefit of years of experience and unparalleled knowledge of the law surrounding each of the many issues a divorce entails.

Most divorces will fall into one of two categories:

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties can agree to important issues such as the division of assets and debts and child custody.  Uncontested divorces can be less expensive and time consuming; they also can lead to less animosity down the road.  An uncontested Florida divorce can be a great option for spouses to obtain their divorce with ease.  However, you will require the assistance of an experienced attorney to assist you in navigating the negotiation process and ensuring your interests are fully protected.  At Tobaygo Law, we believe uncontested divorce is the right answer for many couples.  We have skillfully guided many clients towards an amicable and successful resolution so that their marital dissolution did not unnecessarily erupt into a bitter acrimonious divorce.

Contested Divorce

When a settlement cannot be reached in your divorce, this is when the litigation experience and successful trial results of our attorneys can provide a decided advantage.  Sean and Angela’s extensive litigation experience will prove invaluable in any contested divorce, they can artfully prepare your case for trial and persuasively advocate for your interest.  Our preparation on child custody, spousal maintenance (alimony) and property division is always conducted with an eye toward trial.  This preparation is always tailored to the specific litigated issues.

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These are just a few examples of the types of evidence we might seek to effectively represent your interest in a contested divorce issue.

  • Evaluating profit and loss statements, tax records and other financial documents of a spouse's business/professional practice
  • Conducting discovery to obtain financial information about income, expenses, assets, debts and the marital standard of living for use in litigating property division and spousal maintenance
  • Assessing a spouse’s earning capacity where the spouse is "underemployed"
  • Obtaining school records
  • Seeking testimony or affidavits from teachers, counselors, coaches or child care providers
  • Reviewing counseling and health care information regarding your children
  • Gathering evidence relevant to parental fitness issues involving the other parent

Establishing Paternal Rights & Responsibilities (Paternity Actions)

While divorce comprises a significant part of our practice at Tobaygo Law, our veteran family law attorneys assist in a wide array of other matters. Paternity is one such area of concern. In Florida, when a child is born to unmarried parents, the mother is presumed to have full custody or time-share rights. The father must initiate a court proceeding to establish paternity. He can then seek custody or visitation rights. Further, the mother must bring a court action to establish paternity if she wishes to obtain a child support order.

The family law attorneys at Tobaygo Law have assisted hundreds of clients in Sarasota County and Manatee County with their paternity matter. Our attorneys work closely with our paternity clients to develop a legal strategy to pursue our client’s desired orders regarding custody, time-sharing, child support, and termination of parental rights.

Modification & Enforcement of Divorce & Paternity Orders

At Tobaygo Law, we recognize that the best family law solutions mitigate the inconvenience, aggravation and expense of repeated trips back to court for modification or enforcement of time-share arrangements, alimony, child support and other ancillary issues. While an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, some former spouses and co-parents simply refuse to obey court orders. We will carefully assess your situation and advise you of your options, so you can make an informed decision based on the probability of success. If you decide to proceed, we will aggressively pursue the required changes and/or enforcement of court orders.

Attorneys You Can Rely On

Divorce can be a difficult process that significantly impacts your parental and personal relationships as well as your financial status and security. The family law attorneys of Tobaygo Law possess many years of experience handling divorce and family law matters, a proven litigation background and an unparalleled reputation in the community. At Tobaygo Law, we ensure each and every client is provided with the individualized and personalized attention he or she deserves.

Our attorneys at Tobaygo Law are motivated by a true passion for the practice of family law. We care deeply about our clients and strive to obtain solutions that offer a promising future. While we are prepared for litigation from the start, we understand that litigation must be evaluated in terms of your goals and the relative cost.

Moving Your Family Forward And Protecting Your Financial Future

Division of Maritial Assets and Debts

Property division is a crucial issue in any divorce, as it can have a significant impact on your financial future. In the state of Florida, marital assets are divided on an equitable basis, which means that the parties should receive a fair and just distribution of assets. This does not necessarily mean marital assets will be split 50-50.

Florida judges are allowed wide discretion in dividing your marital assets, making it imperative you retain an attorney who will aggressively protect your interests. Florida judges consider a wide array of statutory factors when determining an appropriate division of marital assets and debts. Our many hours in the courtroom mean that we have the expertise to not only gather and analyze critical financial information but also to present it in an artful and persuasive way when discussing the relevant statutory factors the judge will consider when making property division orders.

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Alimony (Spousal Support)

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is another important issue for divorcing spouses. Alimony is defined as payments from one spouse to another. They can be divided into four main categories: bridge the gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent. The aim of alimony is to assist the recipient spouse in becoming financially secure and self-supporting. As such, alimony will be tailored to the needs of the recipient spouse, whether they are long-term or merely temporary.

Spousal support is not guaranteed in any divorce. Rather, the award of alimony is largely left to the discretion of the court. Like property division, an alimony award will be based on a range of factors, such as the length of the marriage, with permanent alimony generally limited to long term marriages that are over seven years. Courts will also look to the requesting party’s short term needs, whether they will experience a substantial change in circumstances following the divorce, and the training or education they may need to become self-supporting. The court will also consider the supporting party’s ability to pay the alimony amount requested.

Given the amount of discretion the court has over the award of alimony, it is crucial you obtain the assistance of an attorney with an in-depth knowledge of Florida spousal support laws, who can persuasively present evidence on the relevant alimony factors. At Tobaygo Law, we have spent years advocating for and against alimony awards for our deserving clients. Our attorneys are prepared to tackle tough issues, such as proving a spouse is intentionally under-employed, hiding income or misrepresenting his or her earning capacity.

Advocating For Your Parent-Child Relationship

If you are a parent, your post-divorce relationship with your children typically will be one of the most critical issues in your divorce. At Tobaygo Law, we understand the importance of your child custody arrangement. Although we strive to develop constructive co-parenting arrangements that prevent unnecessary conflict and post-judgment litigation, our attorneys will fervently defend the best interests of you and your children.

In Florida, the court system has actually phased out the term custody in favor of “time-sharing. Neither parent has custody of their children in Florida; rather, the parents exercise time-sharing with their children. The courts are vested with the duty to order a time-share schedule that is in the best interests of the children, taking into account the following factors:

  • The capacity of each parent to consider and act on the needs of the child
  • The geographic viability of the parenting plan, considering the amount of time travel required to implement the parenting plan
  • Each parent’s moral fitness
  • The school, home, and community record of the child
  • The reasonable preference of the child, if the child is old enough and has a sufficient understanding to express such a preference
  • The ability of the parent to be informed of the child’s circumstances, including teacher and medical providers as well as the child’s friends.

Contact Us Today To See How We Can Help

Tobaygo Law is a team of knowledgeable, dedicated and highly experienced divorce and family law attorneys that will strive to provide you with personalized and exceptional representation in the full range of family law matters. To schedule a consultation, contact us by using the form below.