Attorney Erin Duncan focuses on solving family law issues through a common sense, practical approach that empowers the client to make their own well informed choices. She brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her practice and is dedicated to advancing the cause of equal rights for all parents and spouses. Clients can expect that Erin will work with them through legal and personal challenges while providing support and advice throughout the process. Erin has an outstanding reputation with past and present clients as well as colleagues and peers.
A divorce is still commonly cited as the second most traumatic event that an adult can experience, surpassed only by the death of a child. While there are often positive and compelling reasons for couples to divorce, the challenges and uncertainties are many. Essential to achieving the “best” outcome in a bad situation is to end up in a better place at the end of a difficult process. This can be achieved by focusing on educating our clients throughout the process and being mindful of our client’s health and well-being throughout the process. Attorneys have an affirmative obligation to continuously educate their clients (and at times the opposing party, opposing counsel or even the presiding judge). Clients have an affirmative obligation to ensure that they are seeking appropriate support for themselves and their children.
We encourage our clients to seek individual counseling, family counseling, financial counseling, and to keep up with routine medical checks ups as part of the family law process. With few exceptions, litigation will comprise a relatively short period of time in our client’s lives. We are committed to doing our part through education and can best provide for clients that are committed to doing their part as well.
Are you married to the other parent of your child? If no, do you believe that a paternity action applies to you? If your answer was no to both questions, you are not alone. This misconception arises from any number of errant, but perfectly understandable, assumptions. For instance, true or false?
- Mother and Father acknowledge that the child of their union is theirs so paternity is established.
- Father is listed on the birth certificate so paternity is established.
- Child has the Father’s name (or both parent’s names for those who still favor hyphenation) so paternity is established.
- Child support has been established administratively so paternity is established.
All of these statements are FALSE! In fact, any case involving two parents and one or more children where the Mother and Father are not married falls into this area of Florida law.