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Family Law Attorneys Polk County Florida

COMPASSIONATE AND EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY

At the Law Offices of Lopez & Humphries, P.A., we believe in the importance of family, and are committed to providing the best possible legal representation to people dealing with Florida family law concerns. This is why attorney Mitchell A. Ladner has chosen to focus his practice almost exclusively on family and marital law issues. If you need legal assistance with a family or marital law matter contact the Law Offices of Lopez & Humphries, P.A. to schedule your free consultation in one of our offices. During the initial consultation Mr. Ladner will meet with you to evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and the options available to you.

Mr. Ladner, along with his Florida Bar registered paralegal, Sandy Mathews, will assist you in obtaining the mandatory documents to initiate and maintain your case. The appropriate pleadings will be drafted pursuant to the facts and circumstances of your case. Mr. Ladner will request both temporary and permanent relief on your behalf. Pre trial motions may be filed while the matter is pending to obtain various relief; such as financial support, exclusive use and possession of the marital home or business, child support, visitation, etc.

If your case involves children, Mr. Ladner will assist in negotiating an agreed upon resolution, or if necessary, obtain an adjudication from the court regarding parental responsibility, timesharing and visitation, child support, medical insurance, tax exemption(s), school designation and any other needed relief.

If your case involves distribution of marital assets and liabilities, Mr. Ladner and his staff will assist in identifying the assets and liabilities and whether the assets and liabilities are non-marital or marital. Mr. Ladner and his staff will assist in determining the appropriate value(s) to be assigned to each. Our office works with outside appraisers who can be retained to evaluate real property (both commercial and residential), vehicles, boats, jewelry, coins, guns, etc. and prepare a comprehensive report to submit to the court in support of your case.

If your case involves alimony, Mr. Ladner and his staff are able to prepare the requisite pleadings along with documents to support or defend your position. We work with various accountants who can be retained to advise the court on the respective parties’ need for alimony and the ability by the other party to pay.

In all cases, we take an approach that is both compassionate and effective. We understand that issues of family and marital conflict can be sensitive and emotionally draining. For this reason, we strive to address your legal needs in a manner that avoids the adversarial drama of a courtroom. We have found that ninety-five percent of family law issues can be resolved through negotiated settlements or mediation when handled by a qualified family and marital law attorney. At the same time, if the parties are unable to reach an agreement and a trial is required, our strong advocacy and years of experience in the courtroom will serve to protect your rights and best interests.

Family Law Areas of Practice:

 

  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Modification of Final Judgment
  • Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence
  • Contempt and Enforcement
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Attorney’s Fees and Costs
  • Dependency
  • Actions for Support Unconnected With Dissolution of Marriage
  • Emergency Pickup Orders for Return of Children
  • Temporary Support
  • Disestablish Paternity
  • Child Custody
  • Alimony
  • Prenuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Name Changes
  • Child Relocation
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Step Parent Adoption
  • Marital Settlement Agreements
  • Parenting Plans

Mitchell Ladner
Mr. Ladner was born and raised in Polk County, Florida. Mr. Ladner lives with his wife, Leslie and their two children, Max and Lexie, in Winter Haven, Florida. Mr. Ladner served in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from college. He received an honorable discharge after eight (8) years of distinguished service. Mr. Ladner worked as a law enforcement officer in Polk County, Florida for six (6) years. While working as a law enforcement officer, Mr. Ladner obtained his law degree. Upon graduating from law school in 2000 Mr. Ladner took a position with the State Attorney’s Office in Polk County, Florida. Before leaving the State Attorney’s Office to go into private practice Mr. Ladner was the chief of Felony Division 1. In 2006, Mr. Ladner went into private practice and has been representing clients in family and criminal law matters throughout Central Florida.

Mr. Ladner’s paralegal, Sandy Mathews, was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Polk County, Florida in 1991. Sandy has been married to her husband Rob for 11 years and has a 15 year old step-son named Caleb and a 7 year old daughter named Kacie. Sandy was employed as a records and evidence specialist for the Polk County Clerk of Courts from 1995 until 2003. In 2003 Sandy went to work for the Polk County State Attorney’s Office as a felony legal secretary where she worked until entering private practice in 2005. Since entering private practice in 2005 Sandy has worked primarily in criminal and family law. In 2011 Sandy took the necessary steps to become a Florida Registered Paralegal.

Without an attorney on your side many of your rights could be violated.  For these reasons we urge you to contact the attorneys at The Law Offices of Lopez & Humpries, P.A. are experienced Family Law attorneys.  We will explore ALL possible motions and defenses and aggressively fight for your rights.  Call (863)709-8500 for a free case evaluation.