The family law attorneys at Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell understand the stress and anxiety that accompany all family law matters and provide personalized, responsive legal service to each and every client.
Family law issues regularly handled by the firm include annulments, child support, divorce, paternity, property division, spousal support (alimony), and parental time-sharing.
Partner John D. Boykin is Board Certified in Civil Trial by The Florida Bar. He is an expert in civil trial law, including the litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators.
Partner Elisha D. Roy is Board Certified in Family & Marital Law and a Fellow, of Both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and International Academy of Family Lawyers. She specializes in complex financial and child related matters. Ms. Roy is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and is still very active in the Legislative Committee. Ms. Roy has been integral in the drafting and passage of laws relating to alimony, timesharing and relocation. Ms. Roy also has unique experience in international cases including Hague Conventions on Civil Service of Process and Evidence. Ms. Roy is well equipped to handle any type of family law related matter.
Attorney Kevin Wilkinson, who is Of Counsel to the firm, has more than 30 years of experience in family law. With a law degree from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in accounting, Mr. Wilkinson utilizes his accounting background to assist clients in their legal matters. He lives in Wellington and is readily available to serve clients in western Palm Beach County.
Child support guidelines in Florida are closely regulated by state law. The firm’s attorneys work with the mother or father to assess likely child support requirements, taking into account factors such as the needs of the child or children, age, station in life, standard of living, and the financial status and ability of each parent.
When financial circumstances change or one parent moves to a more distant location, attorneys work with the family client to seek a modification of an existing order.
Over 80,000 couples get divorced in Florida every year. While most marriages last about 10 years, in 2010 there were almost 6,000 divorces among Florida couples married 25 to 40 years or more. As these divorced spouses remarry, managing the second marriage becomes complicated with the presence of children, assets, and business interests. The firm’s family law attorneys work with the husband or wife to strive for an amicable settlement of marital assets and agreement on parenting responsibilities.
Reaching agreement in advance of a marriage as to how assets, liabilities, and family obligations will be handled makes it easier for the parties to focus on achieving a mutually supportive marital relationship. A prenuptial agreement, entered into before the marriage date, gives each party the comfort of knowing that their wishes are legally binding.
A “parenting plan” is now required in all Florida cases involving time-sharing with a minor child or children, even when time-sharing is not in dispute. Agreements can become increasingly complicated when supervised time-sharing is involved, or when a relocation or long-distance parenting plan is applicable. The firm’s attorneys work with the parental client to file the necessary court documents outlining the parenting plan provisions requested.
Contact a Florida Family Law Attorney
The firm’s family law attorneys represent either the husband or wife with caring and sensitivity as they go through one of the most challenging times of their lives.
Contact partners John Boykin, Elisha D. Roy or Kevin Wilkinson for a confidential discussion of a potential family law matter.