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Top Divorce Lawyer in Sarasota

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 affects 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 for every aspect of your case.

Our first goal is to achieve the most favorable settlement for each 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 representation is a hallmark of our firm. Our family law attorneys will evaluate your goals alongside the law to ensure the best possible outcome.

Our Sarasota family law firm has developed relationships with some of the best-supporting professionals in the Florida Gulf Coast region — including real estate appraisers, forensic accountants, and mental health professionals for adults and children — to give our clients every possible advantage in their divorce case and ensure their rights are protected. We represent clients in all of the following family law issues. Contact our law firm today.

Sarasota Divorce & Family Law Attorneys

Many people remain in unhappy marriages because they dread the prospect of divorce. Feelings of apprehension are understandable, as divorce can adversely affect parent-child relationships, result in a lower standard of living, and threaten long-term financial security. While some cases of dissolution of marriage may pose negative results, divorce is not inherently problematic. The experienced Sarasota attorneys with Tobaygo Law tenaciously represent all of our client’s interests.

Our litigation attorneys rely on meticulous preparation and effective 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 wisely. Our attorney-client team approach is predicated on effective communication, so you can participate effectively in obtaining a desirable resolution.

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, FL. 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 issues, we can advise you of your rights and the range of possibilities that may occur regarding rulings made by the judge at trial. We empower our clients to make informed decisions and we ensure that our clients do not overlook key issues before settling a divorce or other family law matter. Additionally, we can carefully craft your marital settlement agreement while persuasively negotiating on your behalf should any issues arise.

When these types of problems occur within a Florida divorce, the marital dissolution can be complex and antagonistic in nature. 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 perpetuate the worsening of an issue during a divorce, we do not shy away from any facet of divorce negotiation when it is the best option to protect the financial, parental, and personal interests of our client.

Our experience and expertise provide us with the ability to skillfully anticipate issues which may indicate contentious litigation, such as the following. Contact us today for more information about our firm.

  • 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 marital business
  • High-asset divorce

Customized Solutions For Navigating The Divorce Process

Tobaygo Law has assisted hundreds of clients through the difficult process of divorce.  A divorce can encompass a myriad of issues, including child custody and visitation; property division; division of retirement plans and benefits; alimony 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 within divorce.

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 than traditional divorce and they 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, divorcing spouses require the assistance of an experienced attorney for navigating the negotiation process and ensuring their interests are protected. At Tobaygo Law, we believe uncontested divorce is the right answer for many couples. We have skillfully guided 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 a divorce, this is when the litigation experience and successful trial results of our divorce attorneys can provide a decided advantage.  With their extensive litigation experience, Sean and Angela Tobaygo prove to be invaluable in any contested divorce — they can artfully prepare your case for trial and persuasively advocate for your best interest. Our preparation on child custody, alimony, and property division, among a wide range of all-encompassing family law matters, is always conducted with an eye toward trial. We tailor our strategic preparation to the unique factors of each case as well as the specific litigated issues.

Case Evaluation

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 or practice
  • Seeking testimony from teachers, counselors, coaches or child care providers
  • Gathering evidence relevant to parental fitness issues involving the other parent
  • Obtaining school records for minor children
  • Conducting discovery to obtain financial information about income, expenses, assets, debts, and standard of living
  • Reviewing counseling and health care information regarding minor children
  • Assessing a spouse’s earning capacity when he or she is underemployed

Establishing Paternal Rights

While divorce comprises a significant part of our practice, our veteran family law attorneys assist in a wide array of other types of family law 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 over the child. The father must initiate a court proceeding to establish paternity and file for custody or visitation rights. The mother must bring a court action to establish paternity if she wishes to obtain a child support order.

The family lawyers with Tobaygo Law have assisted hundreds of clients in Sarasota County and Manatee County with their paternity matters. Our attorneys work closely with our clients to develop a legal strategy to pursue their desired orders regarding custody, timesharing, child support, and termination of parental rights.

Modification & Enforcement

At Tobaygo Law, we recognize that the best family law solutions mitigate the inconvenience, the aggravation, and the expense of multiple trips to court for modification and enforcement of parenting plan 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. Other spouses may be unable to comply with the details of the court order due to significant lifestyle and financial changes. We will carefully assess the situation and advise you of your options so that you can make an informed decision based on the probability of success. If you decide to proceed with modification, we will pursue the required changes or enforcement.

Attorneys You Can Rely On

Divorce can be a difficult process that significantly impacts parental and personal relationships as well as financial status and sense of security. The family law attorneys with Tobaygo Law have years of experience in handling divorce and family law matters; a proven litigation background; and an unparalleled reputation in the family law practice area. We ensure each client is provided with individualized and personalized attention.

Our attorneys are motivated by a true passion for family law. We care deeply about our clients and strive to obtain solutions that provide them with a promising future. While we proactively prepare for any required litigation, we also understand that litigation must be evaluated in terms of each client’s goals.

Moving Your Family Forward & Protecting Your Financial Future

Division Of Marital Assets & 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.

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 courts consider a wide range of statutory factors when dividing marital assets, mutual property, and debts.

Our vast experience within the courtroom provides us with the expertise and skill to present information to the presiding judge in a manner that is both artful and persuasive to ensure protection to our client's rights, assets, and best interests.

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Alimony (Spousal Support)

The aim of alimony is to assist the recipient spouse in becoming financially secure and self-supporting. 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 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 limited to long-term marriages.

Courts will also look to the requesting party’s short term needs, the paying ability of the supporting spouse, whether they will experience a substantial change in circumstances following the divorce and any training or education to become self-supporting.

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 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 phased out the term “custody” in favor of “timesharing.” Neither parent has custody over children in Florida; rather, the parents exercise timesharing with the children.

The courts are vested with the duty to order a timeshare schedule that best accommodates both the needs and the interests of the child or children while taking into account the following.

  • The capacity of each parent to consider and fulfill the child’s needs
  • The geographic viability of 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
  • The ability of the parent to be informed of the child’s circumstances

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.