Orlando Divorce Attorney
My name is Sean Smallwood and I am an Orlando divorce attorney who strives to provide my clients with highly professional and affordable representation for their dissolution of marriage.
My team will always work hard to obtain a peaceful settlement for your divorce before going to court. Call us today to find out how we use our years of experience to obtain a fair and equitable result for your case.
“When people find out that we offer refundable fees I think they realize that they really can trust us as their divorce attorney”
Sean Smallwood, Esq.
What Sort of Strategy Will Orlando Divorce Lawyer Sean Smallwood Create for My Case?
When developing a case strategy for your dissolution of marriage our divorce attorneys in Orlando will begin from the moment you first call our office. An intake paralegal will listen carefully to the facts of your situation and take detailed notes for the attorney.
When you come in for a consultation we will listen carefully to your perspective on the case and will pay close attention to your goals in the legal case. At this point in the process, we will let you know if any of the goals you have for the case are achievable and what your odds of success may be.
Next, we will create a strategic roadmap to be followed during the case that is aimed at working the case up in a way that will provide the maximum incentive to the other party to settle the case in a way that you are satisfied with.
Depending on the facts of your divorce case these steps may include more intensive discovery demands, depositions, emergency motions to the court, face to face meetings with the opposing attorney, guidance as to proper communication with the other party in divorces involving child custody, and many others.
How Do Our Divorce Attorneys Charge Fees to Our Clients?
Among divorce attorneys in Orlando, FL there are two common types of fee structures that one will usually see. These can be grouped into one of two classes: Non-refundable fees or Refundable fees.
Non-refundable fees are by far the most common type of fee charged by divorce lawyers in Orlando. The main drawback to these types of fees occurs when a case settles early or a client wants to change to a different attorney. Often these clients will ask about a refund of remaining funds only to be told: “Sorry, that was a non-refundable fee”.
At our Orlando divorce law firm, the majority of our dissolution of marriage clients are quoted a refundable deposit amount. Since the fees are refundable any unused portion at the end of the case will be given back to the client and the law firm will not keep funds that are not actually earned by performing work on the case.
Under this fee structure, the firm is essentially doing the work in advance on a monthly basis before getting paid. This also increases the firm’s incentive to do great work for our clients knowing that they can take their funds elsewhere if they are not satisfied.
Need a Divorce Lawyer in Orlando to Handle a Contested Case?
A contested divorce is any divorce where a case has been filed and the parties to the divorce are not in total agreement on how the issues in the case should be resolved. The most common legal issues that can cause an Orlando divorce attorney to go through contested litigation are child custody issues, child support issues, spousal support, the division of assets, and division of debts. The most common of these is child custody in divorce.
The most common argument for custody issues comes when one parent accuses the other of being unsafe, thus, requiring a more limited time-sharing schedule with the children involved in the case. This is commonly due to accusations of substance abuse, domestic violence, and neglect of children to name a few.
In this type of situation, the divorce lawyers will argue over the amount of time the children spend with each parent in the case. Some parents attempt to seek more time with the children as this has a direct impact on the child support amount that will be ordered in the case. This often leads to divorcing parents making the types of allegations discussed above.
Other types of issues that can lead to a contested divorce include when the parties formed a business during the marriage, there is a claim for alimony, and where a party is self-employed and there is a question about accurate income.
Divorce Attorney in Orlando, FL Sean Smallwood Has Been Recognized for Working Hard for Clients in Divorce
Divorce Attorney Sean Smallwood has been featured by Super Lawyers, is rated “Superb” by AVVO, and has been recognized as one of the “10 Best in Client Satisfaction” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, was named one of Orlando’s Legal Elite Rising Stars by Orlando Style Magazine among other recognitions. Call us today to find out how we can assist you.