You never expected divorce – at least not until life began to test the vows you made on your wedding day.
But here you are, faced with an emotional upheaval that threatens to drain your body like the physical wound divorce can be.
Time sharing, custody, paternity, support, alimony, and asset distribution; circumstances unique to your family and matters so personal to you are about to be shared publicly.
Divorce can be messy, emotional, complicated and filled with irrationality.
The lawyer you choose must have the willingness to listen to your story, empathy and patience to endure your venting, and to help see through the emotions to help craft a solution in the best interest of the children and you.
Most of all, the family lawyer you choose must be a people person who you can communicate with, feel comfortable with, and have the zealousness, availability and composure to navigate you through what will, perhaps, be the most stressful period of your life.
When people think of divorce, the first thing that comes to mind is bitter encounters in court and overblown confrontations. However, there is another way to restructure your family that avoids needless fighting and stress.
Collaborative divorce is a method of negotiation that puts you in the driver’s seat and ensures that you create a structured, private and respectful resolution between you and your spouse.
While a litigated divorce only addresses the financial and legal separation of spouses, the collaborative system also addresses the emotional component allowing each spouse to find closure and move on to the next phase of his or her life.
The goal in collaborative practice is to focus on the needs of the parties and their children in a safe and confidential setting with the help of trusted neutral facilitators that can assist with issues involving the family dynamic and financial division of assets.
This type of divorce is not about warfare but about a transparent exchange of information with solutions customized for the highest priorities of the family and the most efficient preservation of financial status quo.
If you want to learn more about how you can take control of your divorce and achieve a better outcome for all the parties involved, please contact FL Legal Group for a consultation.
Melissa Gonzalez is a family law attorney who you want by your side.
Honest and hard-working, she is genuinely interested in the welfare of her clients and is not intimidated easily.
She is a confident attorney who knows when to be assertive.
She is composed and experienced enough to recognize that family law results are not perfect.
A skilled negotiator, Ms. Gonzalez is fluent in English and Spanish and the laws regarding time sharing, parental responsibility, support, alimony, and other issues impacting children and their parents.
Her willingness to suggest alternative solutions is invaluable in highly charged situations, where straightforwardness may be the best course to dilute the other side’s unreasonable expectations and clouded judgments.
Versed in employment law, contract disputes and matters of personal injury and PIP, Ms. Gonzalez possesses a sound understanding of aspects that might become critical components of family litigation.
Ms. Gonzalez is conscious of her reputation and is accessible to the workings of the court system.
Ms. Gonzalez gives generously of her time. She has served in the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program to assist victims of domestic violence and has been involved in the mentoring program for the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers.
She also performed pro bono work for the Family Forms Clinic and is co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Community Service Section and Young Lawyers Division.
Among her many professional affiliations, Ms. Gonzalez is active in the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the William Reece Smith Jr. American Inns of Court, and a past member of HCBA Leadership Institute and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
An Associate Attorney with FL Legal Group, Ms. Gonzalez earned her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law, where she served as an executive board member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and was the recipient of the William F. Blews Award for Public Service.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude.
Attorney Melissa Gonzalez was named the “#1 Family Law Attorney” by her peers in the Tampa Magazine’s 2017 Tampa Top Lawyers.
Family law can be exasperating. Emotions, anger and resentment run high.
In many ways, no one truly wins. Ms. Gonzalez accepts these difficulties and – by helping her clients through what might be the most difficult time in their lives – she has found her career choice to be extremely rewarding.
Yes, finding a divorce attorney is daunting. Don’t make your task any more difficult. Call Melissa Gonzalez today at 1-800-984-9951 or Contact us Here