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Selecting a Lawyer Specializing in Marital and Family Law



While there are many qualified lawyers in the area of marital and family law, only those who are board certified have taken the extraordinary steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.  Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in specific practice areas approved by the Supreme Court of Florida.  Through board certification, consumers can easily identify lawyers who are dedicated to professional excellence.

Florida Bar board certified lawyers have special knowledge, skills and proficiency in specific fields of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.  Many lawyers handle marital and family law matters, but only those who are board certified can identify themselves as “specialists” or “experts” in marital and family law.  Board certified marital and family lawyers are specialists who handle legal problems and civil suits arising from the family relationships of husbands, wives, parents and children.  Marital and family law includes pretrial and trial processes and handling and resolving controversies before, during and after the filing and resolution of law suits.

JJ Dahl

JJ Dahl – Lake County’s first and only Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney

Divorce Overview, part 1



 There are certain requirements that must be met in order to obtain a divorce.  A document called the Final Judgment must be signed by a judge in order to finalize the divorce.  In Florida, the legal term for a divorce is “dissolution of marriage.”  The cost and complexity of divorce depends on the parties and issues involved.

Couples have to untangle the areas of their lives that have become intertwined, some of which are financial or material in nature, some emotional.  Some areas cannot be completely separated, such as children.

Marital assets and debts must be divided, which leads to questions such as, “Which assets are truly assets of the marriage?”, “What about engagement rings or gifts to each other during the marriage?”, “What about money inherited from a distant cousin who passed away?” or “What about the coin collection I’ve had since childhood?”

Coming next: an overview on the issues regarding children, time sharing, and child support.