Polk County Divorce & Family Law Attorney
Divorce Lawyers in Lakeland, Bartow & Winter Haven
Helping Families Find Stability and Peace
The divorce and family law firm of Fulmer & Fulmer knows family matters and divorce can hit hard. We provide a steady hand and a clear head to families undergoing stressful changes.
Arthur Fulmer, Sr. is a certified family law mediator in Florida, who can help you find solutions without going to court. If your case needs a judge, we know how to be aggressive in court without adding to your stress.
Arthur C. Fulmer, Jr. is a dedicated Family Law attorney focused on the needs of individual families and the best interests of children. He is skilled in both negotiating settlement agreements and, if necessary, aggressively pursuing matters in Court and in trial. Mr. Fulmer, Jr. recognizes the importance of listening and understanding his clients to help him pursue the most effective course of action to achieve the most beneficial result in the case.
Divorce and Separation
Divorce in Florida begins with one spouse filing a petition for dissolution and as this process must be certified by a court of law, it is of the utmost importance to rely on the experience and knowledge of a Lakeland Florida divorce attorney. Sometimes, a simple writing from an attorney can end your marriage—but usually, the petition is only the beginning. And divorce proceedings aren’t always a simple process and disagreements between the involved parties can lead to stressful and complex litigation. These same disagreements can lead to various types of divorce including No Fault Divorce, Contested Divorce v. Uncontested Divorce and Simplified Divorce.
The attorneys of Fulmer & Fulmer can help you resolve your divorce or family law matters regardless of your specific circumstances. Experienced in all aspects of family law, we strive to find practical solutions in even the most difficult divorce cases and understand the importance of resolving such matters as quickly and as simple as possible.
Child Custody Law Firm
Family law courts in Lakeland, Florida base child custody on the best interest of the child if both parents cannot come to an agreement. The court will order that parental responsibility be shared by both, unless the sharing is deemed detrimental to the child, which results in sole custody by one parent.
There are many different factors of the child’s welfare that the courts take into consideration when determining child custody and a Lakeland, Florida divorce attorney can provide the required assistance for ensuring the best possible outcome.
We know how to argue the right balance between the objective standards Polk County family courts apply and the subjective concerns of your family:
- The love and affection between the parents and the child
- Each parent’s ability to provide for the child
- The time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment
- The likelihood of each parent to allow the child frequent and continuing contact with the other
- The physical, emotional, and moral health of the parents
- The home, school, and community record of the child
- The preference of the child, in certain instances
- Evidence of domestic violence or child abuse
Our child custory law firm can help you. Contact our child custody attorneys today for a consultation on how the law offices of Fulmer & Fulmer can be beneficial for you.
Florida statutes make every effort to ensure the rights of adoptive children to permanence and stability in adoptive placements. But to accomplish this goal, adoptions typically undergo a complex legal process, potentially involving one or both birth parents, private child-caring agencies, and the Department of Children and Family Services.
Many complications can arise during the process that can result in an emotionally charged experience for adoptive parents. It makes sense to retain a foster care and adoptions attorney who understands how to conduct the research needed to help ensure the process goes smoothly.
You should not have to give your heart, only to face losing a child due to legal technicalities. At the Child Adoption law firm of Fulmer & Fulmer, we pay close attention to every detail to help ensure your adoption is successful and permanent. Our adoption & foster care lawyers are trial proven and experienced to provide you with some of the best legal representation.
Child Support Lawyer
In any divorce, Florida courts look first at the best interests of the children when determining all parenting issues. Even after a judge approves the parenting plan and declares a final divorce, a parent can fail to pay support for many reasons, such as a loss or reduction of income, or even in an effort to right a perceived wrong by the other parent. Only a court can resolve these issues, and both parents require support from an experienced child support lawyer to protect the needs of their children.
The attorneys at the child support law firm of Fulmer & Fulmer understand the bond between you and your children—and the importance of helping families find solutions that achieve the most benefits for everyone without undue stress. Whether you are in the process of a divorce, or even after your divorce is final, we use mediation and other techniques to help resolve your issues before getting final approval in court.
Third parties who wish to gain custody in Florida have to show a very specific balance of characteristics and elements in order to convince the court.
This is because Florida values the custodial rights of parents above anyone else in all but very narrow situations.
We can show you how to serve the best interests of the child in your life.
Other Family Law Claims
We are also experienced in:
- Pre-marital agreements
- Paternity suits
- Other guardianship issues
- Dependency claims