John Mensah
John Mensah
20:37 22 Jun 17
I highly recommend the services of Andrew. He is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He handled my case well with great results. Everything went the way I expected and I am very happy about his capabilities.
Coco Blackadar
Coco Blackadar
22:11 16 Jun 17
Excellent experience with a long drawn out case. Andrew is very paper smart, crosses all the T's and dots all the I'd. He'll get you there.
1390 spike
1390 spike
21:47 27 Mar 17
I have a very good experience in Wise Lieberman. The consultation provided by young partner Andrew is very useful to me. Thanks a lot.
Paul Geraci
Paul Geraci
00:13 07 Dec 16
WiseLieberman handled my case with the up most courtesy and professionalism I would highly recommend them....
Cassan Saintervil
Cassan Saintervil
06:09 20 Apr 16
Andrew is the best. Very sharp guy and quick. Got me out of a nightmare with my ex husband.. Child support, Alimony, lawyer fees... ☺☺😊😊😊😊
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Divorce

In Florida, divorce is the changing of legal status from married to single.  In an action for divorce, the attorneys and courts aim to resolve every aspect of the marriage, which can include alimony, property division, liability division, child custody, and attorney’s fees.  As each divorce is different, in some divorces there is no alimony, no property division, and no child issues. The easiest part of a divorce, from a legal perspective, is the end of the marriage itself.  There are two reasons any person may point to as a reason for divorce: the marriage is irretrievably broken, or one of the parties has been adjudged mentally incapacitated for a period of 3 years prior to the filing for divorce. Because Florida is a no fault state, meaning that either party can file for divorce at any time, for either of the two reasons above, it does not matter who files for divorce first.  In fact, Florida courts favor bland, vanilla divorce documents in order to encourage a speedy resolution.

Simplified Divorce

A divorce can be filed using a simplified procedure if the marriage meets two factors.  First, there must be no minor children.  Second, there must be no assets or liabilities for the court to divide.  If your marriage meets these two factors, you and your spouse may use the simplified proceedings.

Child Custody

In 2008, the Florida law regarding children changed significantly.  Florida no longer talks about children in terms of custody, or in terms of primary and secondary residential parents. Instead, Florida Statutes are designed to think of children and their relationship to parents.  Florida now has two concepts regarding children: first is parental responsibility, and second is the time-sharing plan, discussed in depth in Florida law.

Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility is the concept that parents have to work together to make decisions for the child.  For example, parents are usually required to confer and agree as to which doctor their child will see, what school their child will attend, and what medical procedures the child will have. There are three forms of parental responsibility: shared parental responsibility, shared parental responsibility with ultimate decision making, and sole parental responsibility.

Shared Parental Responsibility

Shared parental responsibility is a relationship in which both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their child and in which both parents confer with each other so that major decisions affecting the welfare of the child will be determined jointly. For example, among other things, the parents are required to confer and agree as to which doctor their child will see, what school their child will attend, and what medical procedures the child will have.

Sole Parental Responsibility

Sole parental responsibility is a court-ordered relationship in which one parent makes decisions regarding the minor child.  Sole parental responsibility is only granted if the court finds that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child.  Evidence of abuse, abandonment, neglect, or domestic violence are usually reasons one parent requests sole parental responsibility.

Time-Sharing Plan

In cases involving minor children, the court is required to establish or approve a complete parenting plan.  A parenting plan is a comprehensive document that governs how the two parents will parent together when no together.  This document should include the following:

  • When the child sleeps over at one parent’s house and when the child will sleep at the other parent’s house.
  • When each parent has holiday time-sharing.
  • When and how the child will participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Who makes day-to-day decision for the child.
  • How each parent should receive vital child information such as medical records and school records.
  • How one parent may request a change in the time-sharing plan from the other parent.
  • How and where the exchange of the child should take place.
  • Who can transport the minor child.
  • How and when the child can travel out of state.
  • How and when the child can travel out of the country.
  • How and when the parent can communicate with the child when the child is with the other parent.
  • Who pays for child care.
  • How child care is selected.

In most cases, the parenting plan is agreed upon by the parties and their respective attorneys.  In cases where there are disputes, the court considers the best interest of the child and looks at many factors to help determine what the time-sharing plan should look like.  Some of these factors include which parent will foster a continuing relationship with the other parent, and which parent will put the child’s needs ahead of their own.

Equitable Distribution

A married couple accumulates assets and liabilities. During a divorce, the parties, or the courts must decide how to divide those assets and liabilities. The starting point for the division of the assets and liabilities is to first determine what, if any, are the assets and liabilities of the marriage.

Assets obtained or incurred during the marriage are called marital assets and liabilities, making up the marital estate. For the most part, any assets acquired, and any debts incurred, during the marriage, are marital assets and liabilities. These assets and liabilities are considered part of the marital estate whether the asset is titled in the both spouses’ names, or only in the name of one of the spouses. The same is true for liabilities; irrespective of whether the debt was incurred in the individual spouse’s name or in joint names. A liability is generally a marital liability if it was incurred during the marriage.

Once the parties or the court determines what assets are marital assets, the court begins with the premise the assets are to be split 50% to one spouse, and 50% to the other spouse. Similarly, once the court establishes which liabilities are marital liabilities, the court begins with the premise that each spouse is responsible for 50% of the liabilities.

Assets acquired and liabilities incurred by either party before the marriage are considered non-marital assets, and do not constitute part of the marital estate. For example, if one spouse acquired a house before marriage, that house is a non-marital asset that may be awarded 100% to that spouse. However, a non-marital asset can be transformed into a marital asset in several ways. One way a house could be transformed into a marital asset, to be split evenly, is the owner spouse added the non-owner spouse to the deed. Once the deed is in both spouses’ names, there is a presumption that the asset is now marital.

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Dream Team

Andrew came highly recommended from a member of the Plantation Chamber of Commerce. From our first meeting, I knew he was the attorney I needed. Shortly thereafter, Todd joined forces with Andrew and my dream team was created. I am posting the same review for both Andrew and Todd, they are partners and worked hand in hand on my case. They clearly explained my exposure and all the potential risks in my case. They made sure I understood the law which enabled me to make the best decisions. They gave me the perfect balance, the yin & yang I needed to get thru the divorce. They are professional, know their stuff, know how to work the opposing council, when to come on strong and when to step back. They always told me I was the happiest person they ever saw go thru a divorce… I highly recommend both of them.

Pamela

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-11-28T20:08:20+00:00

Pamela

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Andrew came highly recommended from a member of the Plantation Chamber of Commerce. From our first meeting, I knew he was the attorney I needed. Shortly thereafter, Todd joined forces with Andrew and my dream team was created. I am posting the same review for both Andrew and Todd, they are partners and worked hand in hand on my case. They clearly explained my exposure and all the potential risks in my case. They made sure I understood the law which enabled me to make the best decisions. They gave me the perfect balance, the yin & yang I needed to get thru the divorce. They are professional, know their stuff, know how to work the opposing council, when to come on strong and when to step back. They always told me I was the happiest person they ever saw go thru a divorce… I highly recommend both of them.

Divorce

Very honest and straight forward. Returned every call I made to him. Made a stressful situation very easy. Would very highly recommend his services.

Gennaro

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:08:15+00:00

Gennaro

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Very honest and straight forward. Returned every call I made to him. Made a stressful situation very easy. Would very highly recommend his services.

The Best Lawyer

Todd is a no nonsense guy. He takes his profession to the highest standards of professionalism and the results speak for them selves. I would hire him again and again and am truly blessed he is part of my team.

Peter

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-12-05T00:38:51+00:00

Peter

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Todd is a no nonsense guy. He takes his profession to the highest standards of professionalism and the results speak for them selves. I would hire him again and again and am truly blessed he is part of my team.

Recommended

Andrew was friendly, honest and straightforward. He guided me through a tough situation and always acted in my best interest. I highly recommend Andrew.

Anonymous

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:09:08+00:00

Anonymous

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Andrew was friendly, honest and straightforward. He guided me through a tough situation and always acted in my best interest. I highly recommend Andrew.

Many Thanks

I don't often write reviews but I am happy to go out of my way to say a few words about Todd and his partner Andrew. I hired them and they were both hands on, professional and thorough. In the event of another emergency, they are on my speed-dial. Thank you both!

Michael

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:10:26+00:00

Michael

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I don't often write reviews but I am happy to go out of my way to say a few words about Todd and his partner Andrew. I hired them and they were both hands on, professional and thorough. In the event of another emergency, they are on my speed-dial. Thank you both!

Very professional and courteous Law firm

Thank you so much for helping me through this process......it was very good to have your advice and support.....I highly recommend your firm's service and professional attitude.....I know that you will have a great future..... sincerely yours.

Thomas

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:22:13+00:00

Thomas

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Thank you so much for helping me through this process......it was very good to have your advice and support.....I highly recommend your firm's service and professional attitude.....I know that you will have a great future..... sincerely yours.

Two extremely knowledgeable attorneys

Two extremely knowledgeable attorneys who made you feel at ease during a difficult process. Would highly recommend them.

Chris K.

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:23:29+00:00

Chris K.

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Two extremely knowledgeable attorneys who made you feel at ease during a difficult process. Would highly recommend them.

Their Law firm handled my divorce with utmost professional care….and logical advice. …


Thomas M.

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:24:35+00:00

Thomas M.

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Very helpful and knowledgeable


Flavia M.

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:25:10+00:00

Flavia M.

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Fantastic lawyer


Amir C.

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-10-01T12:25:59+00:00

Amir C.

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Very understanding and supportive!

"All of my questions were answered and I felt very comfortable. I will definitely be using Andrew."

Eric O.

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2016-11-24T00:37:51+00:00

Eric O.

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"All of my questions were answered and I felt very comfortable. I will definitely be using Andrew."

Divorce

"I hired Andrew to represent me in my divorce after many years of marriage. Andrew was able to negotiate a very fair settlement. He was professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Andrew."

-Anonymous

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2017-04-25T15:43:48+00:00

-Anonymous

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"I hired Andrew to represent me in my divorce after many years of marriage. Andrew was able to negotiate a very fair settlement. He was professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Andrew."

Divorce

"Andrew handled my case great explained everything to where he made sure I understood what every motion meant copied me on every email....I could not have made a better choice in lawyer shopping..."

Paul

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2017-04-25T15:47:16+00:00

Paul

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"Andrew handled my case great explained everything to where he made sure I understood what every motion meant copied me on every email....I could not have made a better choice in lawyer shopping..."

Excellent Experience

Excellent experience with a long drawn out case. Andrew is very paper smart, crosses all the T's and dots all the I's. He'll get you there.

Collette B.

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2017-06-20T00:28:20+00:00

Collette B.

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Excellent experience with a long drawn out case. Andrew is very paper smart, crosses all the T's and dots all the I's. He'll get you there.

Professional Legal Service

Andrew is very professional and knowledgeable. He delivered exactly what he promised was going to do. everything went the way I expected. I highly recommend his services.


Anonymous

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2017-07-11T13:17:15+00:00

Anonymous

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Andrew is very professional and knowledgeable. He delivered exactly what he promised was going to do. everything went the way I expected. I highly recommend his services.

Great Attorney

Todd and his law firm were truly amazing. I usually do not write reviews but my experience with Todd was exceptional and he really helped me through every step of the process. Todd is an excellent lawyer and always took the time to explain everything with patience. He also responded promptly all my questions and concerns and settled my case to my satisfaction.


by Abe D.

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Wise Lieberman Reviews
5.0
2017-07-11T13:19:52+00:00

by Abe D.

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Todd and his law firm were truly amazing. I usually do not write reviews but my experience with Todd was exceptional and he really helped me through every step of the process. Todd is an excellent lawyer and always took the time to explain everything with patience. He also responded promptly all my questions and concerns and settled my case to my satisfaction.
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