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From adoption representation, preparing for a life after divorce or ensuring your estate is fully protected, we recognize and respect your need for information, thoughtful practical advice and understanding. Our main goal is to help you resolve your legal issue(s) as quickly as possible so that you can move forward with your life.

about family first law group

Genevieve H. Torres, Esq.

Areas of Practice. Family and Marital Law, Collaborative Law, Adoptions, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration.

Bar Admissions. Florida

Education. Stetson College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2007

Languages. English and French

Rachael Ledet Rudin, Esq.

Areas of Practice. Family and Marital Law, Collaborative Law, Adoptions, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration. Court Certified Family Law Mediator

Bar Admissions. Florida

Education. Stetson College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2009

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I was able to contact my attorney at any time. She worked with me through all of my problems with my divorce. I did not have to worry about a thing. She was on top of everything to make my divorce very easy.

I started this process while stationed at an undisclosed location in the Middle East. My attorney and her staff assured me they would work hard so that I could see my son as much as possible. At trial, my attorney had my ex stumbling over every statement she made. Family First Law Group showed me why they are one of the best if not the best family lawyers in Tampa.

Ms. Torres’ professionalism and expertise were of invaluable help and support to me during my divorce process. She provided me with answers to my questions, was consistently accessible and available to me. She was welcoming and and responsive to my calls and questions in a positive and welcoming way. I felt my divorce was as important to Ms. Torres as it was to me. I am indeed grateful to have worked with her during this transitional time in my life.

LEGAL SERVICES: ADOPTIONS

Essentially there are two types of Adoption: Closed and Open. Closed simply refers to adoptive parents who do not meet or know the birth parents. Open adoptions refer to the adoptive parents meeting, knowing and/or working with the adoptive parents.

Adoptions also fall into several sub-categories such as international adoption, private/intermediary adoptions and agency adoptions. Family First Law Group assists families with Intermediary Tampa Adoptions, sometimes referred to as private or direct placement adoptions.

In most U.S. jurisdictions, at the time the adoption is finalized, the adopted child’s name is legally changed and the court orders the issuance of a new amended birth certificate.

LEGAL SERVICES: DIVORCE

DIVORCE

Before you take any legal steps to end your marriage, you should make sure that you have tried all possible ways to save it. If you need professional help, many communities, social and religious organizations offer counseling services either free or on a sliding fee scale or you may want to consult with a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person.

Florida is a no-fault divorce state (meaning neither spouse is required to prove fault or marital misconduct on the part of the other).

LEGAL SERVICES: CHILD CUSTODY

CHILD CUSTODY

In Florida, child custody is now referred to as parental “time-sharing of minor children. Regardless of what it is called, children deserve to be loved and cared for in a stable environment. Family First Law Group Child Custody Attorneys can help you understand all the factors that a court will weigh in making time-sharing decisions, and your options, to determine what would be in the best interests of your children.

Child custody is not an issue limited to divorce. Relatives often assume the responsibility of caring for children in their families, when the children’s parents are unable to do so.

LEGAL SERVICES: CHILD SUPPORT

CHILD SUPPORT

Parents are legally obligated to contribute to the support of their children and this obligation cannot be contracted away. Child support is calculated using the guidelines contained within the Florida Statutes. It is based, in part, on the number of children and the combined monthly income of the parents. Daycare costs, health insurance payments made on behalf of the children and the amount of time the children spend with each parent are also taken into consideration.

A parent who is voluntarily unemployed, or underemployed, is still responsible for his or her children and can have income imputed by the court based on work history, qualifications and prevailing earnings level in the community.

LEGAL SERVICES: COLLABORATIVE LAW

COLLABORATIVE LAW

The goal of Collaborative Law is to enable parties involved in a dissolution of marriage and other family law matters to resolve their differences in a non-adversarial and dignified setting using techniques committed to mutual resolution and reduced conflict. Collaborative Law works best for parties who wish to settle without going to court and are willing to commit to a good faith effort to do so.

The collaborative process is based on a pledge not to litigate in court. The process facilitates an open exchange of information with the goal of reaching the best possible solution for you and your family.

The Collaborative Team consists of a neutral mental health professional and a neutral financial professional. Other professionals may be added depending upon the needs of your family.

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The D.C. Bar s unique and extremely successful Continuing Legal Education ( CLE ) Program is the subject of a feature article in the June 2017 Washington Lawyer Magazine. Diane Seltzer Torre, Chair of the CLE Committee who teaches numerous CLE programs each year, is quoted throughout the article regarding the courses offered and what sets the CLE.

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Employment law and civil rights law are constantly evolving areas of law. By focusing its practice on employment and civil rights matters, the Seltzer Law Firm is able to stay abreast of the latest developments in these fields, which best ensures that the firm s clients receive advice based on up-to-the-minute changes in the law.

The Seltzer Law Firm concentrates on employment law and civil rights litigation. The Firm s philosophy is to provide practical solutions to complex, as well as common, workplace issues. We appear before all federal and state trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as before administrative agencies

Diane Seltzer Torre earned her J.D. from American University s Washington College of Law in 1991, where she was a member of Law Review. She clerked for the judges of the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland after graduating from law school. She received her B.A. in Sociology, cum laude.

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Long Island Divorce Lawyer

Darren M. Shapiro, Esq. provides effective and reasonable solutions for matrimonial and family law issues as an attorney or mediator. His straight talk, approachability, tenacity and years of experience with divorce and family law cases, make this office the right selection for many individuals or couples that have divorce, separation, child custody, support, order of protection and other family law needs. Couples contemplating mediation are encouraged to come in for a half hour no fee consultation. Individuals seeking the representation of a Long Island divorce attorney, please call for a free initial consultation either on the phone or in the office.

Situated in Nassau County, nestled in between Queens and Suffolk, this office services people and cases throughout the Long Island and New York City region. The Law and Mediation Office of Darren M. Shapiro, Esq. has a toolbox of litigation, collaborative law and mediation skills to find the approach that fits each individual and family. Divorce, Separation. Child Custody. Child Support. Prenuptial Agreements, and Postnuptial Agreements are all areas of law that are handled by this office and can be tackled through mediation, collaborative law or litigation. Orders of Protection, also known as Family Offense proceedings, are a major area of law this office handles but are usually not handled in a mediation or collaborative law context because of the behavior that is the subject matter of these cases.

There are many aspects to matrimonial cases that need to be addressed, in an agreement or stipulation of settlement, that are subjects that Mr. Shapiro has gained a great deal of experience with over the years in Supreme Court, Family Court and in the office working with couples in mediation or through consultations with individuals. When a separating couple has children, child custody, parenting time aka visitation and child support have to be resolved. With or without children, married couples have to consider whether alimony, which is now called maintenance, will be required and if so how much and for how long. Equitable distribution of marital assets, including retirement benefits, identification of separate property and an allocation of marital debt should be discussed in any pre or post nuptial agreement, separation agreement, judge s order, or stipulation of settlement of a divorce.

The goal of this office, whether acting as your lawyer or mediator, is to get you through the process, with results that meet your wishes and needs, as expeditiously as possible. When people come here, there is some family law issue that needs addressing. We are going to do our best to resolve this issue or issues, so that your problems are in the rear view mirror, so to speak, sooner rather than later.

If Darren is your Long Island divorce lawyer, we will discuss your desires and explore if a settlement can be reached on your case right away. Sometimes a settlement is not possible at the outset. In that case, he will fight hard for your cause. Often, after some litigation, a settlement is obtainable. Other times, cases require a hearing or trial. Mr. Shapiro can zealously represent you through the whole process. In a collaborative law case, he will provide you with the personal legal advice that you need to hear. All the while, in collaborative matters, we will be working with the other lawyer(s), coaches, professionals and parties that are involved to craft a practical solution for you and your children that makes sense and will hopefully withstand the test of time. As a mediator, Darren will try to get you to form an agreement as quickly as possible. However, if time is needed to sort through the issues in mediation, he is patient and available, until an agreement that makes sense to both of you is constructed.

Click around the website, watch the videos, and read the blog entries to learn more about particular topics. Please call for your free initial consultation. It will be our pleasure to speak with you about your situation.

Darren was excellent in court and able to negotiate a fair settlement in my Child support case.

Hands down, he is the best att’y I have ever dealt with. He is thorough, objective, and above all, extremely dedicated.

  • Five Things You Might Not Know about New York Child Support Today’s blog is a blend of some of my prior blogs and/or website articles over the years on child support. As a New York divorce lawyer and family law
  • Serving a Summons with Notice in a New York Divorce Divorces in New York follow many of the same procedures as other lawsuits. The plaintiff spouse filing must provide the defendant spouse with notice
  • Long Island Court Grants Legal Custody of Child to Three People Laws relating to child custody have gone through a number of significant changes in recent years, which largely reflect the fact that the concept of