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In Florida divorce is referred to as a Dissolution of Marriage and recognizes two grounds for divorce.

  • The marriage is irretrievably broken.
  • One of the parties to the marriage has been declared mentally incapacitated for at least 3 years before the filing for a divorce.

Dissolving a marriage has many consequences for the family, your finances and your future. If you are filing an uncontested divorce or are litigating contested issues, the correct decision on choosing your attorney to represent you will make a difference to the outcomes. Attorney Lisa M Dawson P.A. has the experience and knowledge to handle all types of circumstances in a divorce case.

Child Custody

Florida law requires a Parenting Plan that determines the time-sharing schedule which specifies the times the minor child will spend with each parent. The parenting plan describes the responsibilities of the parent for the child, the daily tasks of caring for the minor child, health care responsibility, school related activities and all other matters relating to the child.

The court will order shared parental responsibility unless it finds it is not in the child’s best interest.


The establishment of paternity is the legal process by which an unmarried father is legally recognized as the father of the child. A paternity action requires the filing of a petition with the court. The court may order DNA testing if the parties are not in agreement about who the biological father is. The paternity action will address a parenting plan and will include the time-sharing schedule and responsibilities of each parent.

Paternity actions most often occur to facilitate legal actions such as child support, child custody determinations.

Lisa M Dawson P.A. handles all complicated issues regarding paternity from defense to determining paternity. Contact our firm and discuss your rights in your paternity case.


Divorce modifications is the legal process of amending a divorce order issued by the court. Although custody terms are binding, it is possible to have them changed. In the divorce you make an agreement that is acceptable at the time, but things can change after divorce and the agreement needs to change.

The grounds for modification are substantial change in circumstances. For example, a wage-earning change. If your ex-spouse now has a much higher paying job, the support amount of your ex-spouse can be recalculated.

Any child abuse, drugs or alcohol abuse by an ex-spouse who has joint custody will warrant a change to sole custody.


Lisa Dawson P.A. handles all types of adoption, being diligent to the needs of the birth mothers as well as the adopting couple.

Adults who live and work in the state of Florida, are of good character and can care for and provide for a child may adopt. Single parents, as well as married couples may adopt. A stepparent may adopt a spouse’s child.

The process of giving a child up for adoption is emotionally complex and there are many legal matters to be concerned with. There is considerable paperwork and it is important that you hire an experienced attorney specializing

in family law and adoption. Find that peace of mind knowing that you have the right attorney to support and guide you throughout the adoption process.

Child Support

Child support is calculated using a formula based on each parent’s net income and time sharing. There are important factors that an experienced attorney can help with and Child support attorney Lisa M Dawson,P.A. can assist you through the Florida child support guidelines in matters including the review of your time sharing agreement, child support calculation, getting the financial information from your spouse and the review of the tax implications from both parties income.

Florida statute mandate that all initial divorce and initial paternity proceeding that involves a minor child must include an award of child support. Any refusal to turn over accurate financial information allows the courts to input an average median income and may award retro active child support for up to 2 years. Florida statute 61.07 “The court has discretion to award child support retroactive to the date when the parents did not reside together in the same household with the child, not to exceed a period of 24 months preceding the filing of the petition”.

It is important to be advised of your child support guidelines and that your rights and your children are protected. Discuss your case with attorney Lisa Dawson who has compassion, experience and knowledge to assist you and your family in the child support process.


Alimony is money that one spouse pays to the other for support during the divorce process or for some period following a final divorce. Courts require the higher earner to help the lower earner to maintain the marital lifestyle for at least some time following a divorce. Florida law provides for 5 different types of alimony: temporary, bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent. A judge may award these different types of alimony in any combination that is fair under the circumstances.

Alimony may consist of periodic payments from one spouse to another or a single lump sum of money. Spouses can agree between themselves on different terms and conditions of alimony, including giving up alimony entirely, normally in exchange for some other valuable type of property.

A judge who finds the need and ability to pay next must consider the relevant factors in deciding what type of alimony to award and for how long.

If you are divorcing or have been served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, our Attorney Lisa m Dawson is skilled and compassionate and ready to protect your rights ensuring that you receive all that you deserve. Committed to getting that fair and just award, Lisa understands how difficult the process is. Call her for a consultation today to discuss your legal options.


A dependency proceeding is a case brought before the Court based on allegations of abuse, abandonment and or neglect of a child. The term “dependency “is based on the idea of a child being dependent on the State or Court to provide help and services. There are many terms used when a Dependency case is opened which often confuses those that are subject to the proceedings. This can include: a shelter hearing, arraignment, adjudicatory hearing, disposition hearing, judicial review hearing and permanency hearing.

The court decides whether the child should be placed in the custody of the parents, relatives, in a foster home or with an adoptive family. When a complaint is filed because of suspected child abuse, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) becomes involved. The main goal of dependency court, known as Florida’s Unified Family Court (UFC), is to ensure children remain safe and protected through temporary and long-term placement and support.

When the welfare of your child is at risk, trust Lisa M Dawson, family law attorney to work diligently to uphold parental rights.

Contact the firm today if you are involved in dependency court proceedings.

Domestic Violence

As defined in law

741.28 Domestic violence: definitions. “Domestic violence” means any assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

Domestic violence in Florida is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor, with penalties that may include up to one year in jail or 12 months’ probation, and a $1,000 fine. Consequences from these penalties may also lead to difficulty obtaining or retaining employment as well as other situations that relate to a background check.

In Florida, domestic violence battery is a defendable charge. Lisa M Dawson P.A. is the attorney that has years of experience handling domestic violence charges in Florida with defendable strategies to address these charges, with the goal in most cases to avoid a trial.

Hiring an attorney is vital in domestic violence cases in Florida. Contact our office today to discuss your circumstances of the domestic violence allegations.

Criminal Defense

If you are charged with a criminal offense or are under a police investigation, your life can be put into great peril for a mistake that was made in poor judgment. People make mistakes and most of the circumstances deserve a second chance. The outcome of a criminal case will make or break your future and at attorney Lisa M Dawson’s office she can provide you with experience and expert representation in your criminal case.

Call today to discuss your criminal case and schedule a consultation.


Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the assets of a deceased person(decedent), paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries.

There are two types of probate administration under Florida law. Formal administration and summary administration. There is also a non-court supervised administration proceeding called “Disposition of personal property without administration”

Probate administration only applies to probate assets. Probate assets are those assets that the decedent owned in his or her sole name at death, or that were owned by the decedent and one or more co-owners and lacked a provision for automatic succession of ownership at death.

Probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to the beneficiaries, if the decedent did not have a will. Probate is needed to complete the dependent’s finances after death.

Lisa M Dawson P.A. is a probate attorney who can guide you through the probate and administration process. Lisa can provide you with the representation you need to get through the process with as little stress as possible.

Contact Lisa today to speak to an experienced and compassionate lawyer about the probate process.

Contact a Family Law Attorney Today

Attorney Lisa M Dawson P.A has experience in all types of family law and ensure that the process is handled in a compassionate and professional manner.

Call her today and discuss your circumstances with Lisa.