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South Florida Family Law Attorneys

In South Florida's fast-moving society, the ability to provide solid advice while keeping up with day-to-day changes that affect average families is key. Attorney Jennie Colabelli is our firm's family law specialist.  Attorney Colabelli has brought her sharp mind and compassionate practice to work many cases in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County and beyond.

Whether your needs involve family law and litigation, marital property issues, or collaborative law questions, Jennie Colabelli is ready to serve.

Divorce

The lawyers at SG know ending your relationship can be a difficult and stressful process. Having experienced and committed Fort Lauderdale attorneys representing and advocating for you can make the difference between getting a divorce and surviving a divorce.  Divorces run the gamut from a simple and amicable dissolution with no children and few assets, to lengthy and complex matters requiring court intervention. 

Whenever possible, we try to work through mediation and negotiation and avoid the necessity of expensive litigation. However, when litigation is required, we are committed to being your strongest advocate in court.

We can provide services in the following areas to the South Florida community:

  • Division of property
  • Child and spousal support
  • Visitation rights
  • Domestic violence
  • Divorce modification

Prenuptial Agreements

Upwards of 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Individuals and couples with their own assets often seek the protection of a prenuptial agreement to prepare for all eventualities.  Prenuptial agreements are enforceable contracts that define the rights and responsibilities of the spouses during the marriage or in case of death, separation or divorce.  While romantics can decry prenuptial agreements, they often provide practical protection to both spousal partners. Our Fort Lauderdale law firm can create prenuptial agreements that include:

  • Protection of significant wealth acquired previous to or during the marriage
  • Safeguarding one partner from debts incurred by the other
  • Agreements as to the raising of children
  • Ownership of property
  • Payment of potential spousal support
  • Predetermination of spousal inheritance rights

Mediation

The state of Florida has seen a significant increase in mediation -  a voluntary, non-adversarial option available to people involved in legal disputes. It is usually far less expensive than litigation, preferred by Judges, and can provide a satisfactory outcome. Our South Florida law firm has significant expertise and training in the field of mediation and can help you determine if your situation is best resolved in this manner.

We have performed successful mediations in many areas of law including:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation
  • Division of property
  • Child and Spousal support
  • Partnership dissolutions (business, as well as personal)
  • Palimony
  • Home ownership - Tenancies in common

The ultimate goal of mediation is to resolve disputes outside of expensive court proceedings. However, a frequent result of the mediation process is that both parties can feel a full sense of resolution and involvement in the process.  It is much more informal than traditional court proceedings which lends many clients to prefer the mediation process and feeling a far greater sense of control over their own outcome.