Practice Areas

Knowledgeable Sarasota Family Law Attorney

When coping with family law challenges, most people want to reach a resolution amicably and efficiently. We actively protect your interests while trying to do so. In other cases, one or both parties are determined to contest every issue. When this happens, you definitely need a Sarasota family law attorney who will work tenaciously on your behalf. Please contact Alpert & Chiofalo, P.A. for a consultation to discuss your divorce case or other family law needs. In any divorce or family law matter, We believe my role as your lawyer includes actively helping you:

  • Understand your legal rights and how to protect them
  • Deal with complex issues proactively before they arise, and assertively when negotiations or litigations begin
  • Remain focused on your family and financial goals, even when pursuing them involves difficult decisions and endurance under stress
  • Avoid pitfalls and frustration many people encounter when dealing with unfamiliar legal and court processes

Custody Issues – Support – Maintenance – Complex Property Division

We can assist you in efficiently and cost-effectively filing an uncontested divorce, or represent you in a collaborative divorce if you want to work out a settlement through attorney-guided negotiations with your spouse. In a contested divorce, we will advocate aggressively for you on issues such as:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support and spousal maintenance
  • Property valuation and division – Alpert & Chiofalo, P.A. can help you regardless of whether you have relatively straightforward needs or you require extensive research, analysis and strategy work to obtain a favorable financial settlement

Capable Family Law Services Before, After or Outside Marriage

Our knowledge and capabilities extend across the spectrum of domestic relations issues. We will patiently and diligently assist you in matters such as:

  • Developing a legally sound prenuptial or cohabitation agreement
  • Dealing with paternity issues, whether you are a mother seeking to establish paternity or a male who needs help protecting his legal rights and interests
  • Petitioning for modifications or enforcement of orders ranging from custody to child support and spousal maintenance
  • Appeals of family court judgments
  • Drafting basic wills and estate planning documents that account for your unique family needs

We are longtime residents committed to helping the people of the West Coast of Florida. Our backgrounds and experiences have prepared us to help you through your family law challenges, and we encourage you to contact us online or by calling 941.954.1700.

Child Support & Spousal Maintenance

If you have children and are divorcing, understanding how Florida courts determine and enforce child support obligations will help you form clearer financial expectations. Whether or not children are involved, you should consult a family law attorney if spousal maintenance may be a factor in your case.

Collaborative Divorce

Recognition of the pain and stress caused by the divorce process has led to various movements focused on better ways to reach settlements out of court. Collaborative divorce is one of these movements. Collaborative divorce is not for everyone, but it can be the right choice for couples who are able to set aside some of their hurt and anger in the interest of reaching an agreement. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about collaborative divorce.

Divorce: Contested & Uncontested

Whether you are considering divorce or your spouse has filed for divorce from you, we are prepared to help you evaluate your legal options and next steps. In addition, it is common for people to reach a point in their divorce case when they must hire a different attorney to be comfortable and make progress. In any of these situations, we encourage you to contact us for a thorough consultation and interactive discussion

Family Law Appeals

The right of appeal is an important component of our justice system. Whether due to misunderstandings, inadequate preparation of your case, an unusual ruling or for some other reason, you may come out of your divorce or other family law matter with a strong desire to go back to court.

Modification & Enforcement

Before your divorce is finalized, it is best to contest important issues and work toward a favorable settlement.  However, you do have legal recourse and can seek a modification if circumstances change afterward. Please contact us about your need to modify orders in your divorce decree or to compel an ex-spouse to comply with an order.

Paternity Issues

As a full-service Florida family law attorney, we are available to assist individuals with a range of issues involving children of unmarried parents. The laws applicable to paternity cases are not always well understood, and making assumptions or decisions without consulting a knowledgeable attorney is risky.

Prenuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

Considering a prenuptial or cohabitation agreement certainly does not mean you believe your relationship will ultimately fail. In our experience, the most common purpose of such a contract is to put to rest financial and social concerns, perhaps even enabling your relationship to flourish.

Property Valuation & Division

Financial change is a certainty in almost every divorce. Your ability to attain financial justice often depends on the diligence and resourcefulness of your lawyer. Please contact us today if property valuation or division may be contested issues in your West Coast of Florida divorce.

Child Custody and Visitation

Unfortunately, some custody disputes are difficult and bitter, with anger over other issues influencing the parties' position on this aspect of the divorce. We work toward finding common ground wherever possible - preferably in both parents' wishes for their children's stability and well-being. Whether you are the best person to be the primary custodial parent or you are negotiating for substantial parenting time, we know how to build your case.

Wills & Estate Planning

Divorce almost always creates significant financial change and the need for many adjustments. In my West Coast of Florida family law practice, we emphasize the importance of thinking about the future. This includes striving to help my clients make good decisions about life after divorce. We draft wills and offer other essential estate planning services for my family law clients, and encourage you to contact us if you have needs in this area