Services For Collaborative & Pay By The Hour Include The Listed Areas:

COLLABORATIVE LAW: Hire a team of professionals to work with you and your spouse through your family law matter.  Click here or the side bar to learn more about collaborative law process.

LIMITED SCOPE LEGAL SERVICES:  The is is also called "Unbundled Legal Services".  If you cannot afford the services of an attorney, and you need help with the forms, or you just do not understand the law and need help understanding the law in plain english then Mrs. Werdell can help you for a low hourly rate.  Click here or the side bar to learn more about limited scope legal services.  See the difference between collaborative law and "litigation" (traditional courtroom) by clicking on the side bar.   

DISSOLUTION:  A "divorce" in Florida is called "Dissolution of Marriage".  Mrs. Werdell can help you through a colloaborative law divorce or help educate you with the forms and law.  Even if you have an attorney and you are litigating, you can still take your case to the collaborative law track.  Click here or on the side bar.  See also "Dissolution 101".    

PATERNITY: When a non-married father and mother have a child and want their rights established, either one can file for paternity.  This is not the same as a child support action through the the Department of Revenue. Paternity can be collaboratively handled for the parties.     

MODIFICATION OF CUSTODY/TIME-SHARING The law provides for a different standard for modification of custody/time-sharing, as opposed to the lower standard for the initial determination.  Mrs. Werdell can help you understand the law and procedures and evaluate your circumstances.  These issues can be collaboratively handled. 

MODIFICATION OF ALIMONY/CHILD SUPPORT: The standards for increasing or decreasing alimony and/or child support are different then the requirements for the initial findings.  Mrs. Werdell can help you understand the law and procedures to evaluate your circumstances. These issues can be collaboratively handled.   

RELOCATION: The legal requirements for relocation can be explained and evaluated.  Relcoation can be handled through the collaborative process.  Since it is generally difficult, it is probably best handled throgh the collaborative process.  

OUT OF STATE CUSTODY ORDERS/DECREES: I do not practice law outside of the state of Florida. There are certain situations where out of state custody orders can be recognized in Florida or if there are emergency issues.  Mrs. Werdell can help educate you and help you will forms to domesticate your foreign (out of state order) in Florida for either modificaton and/or enforcement.

EMERGENCY PICK UP/CHILD CUSTODY ORDERS: If you cannot afford an attorney for your emergency situation and you need help with the forms and procedures, Mrs. Werdell can help you with the forms and process to file the forms.  

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INJUNCTIONS As a former prosecutor, I prosecuted domestic violence crimes. As a family law attorney, I again prosecute such crimes or the threat of said crimes in court. I have also defended allegations, wherein parents have used the system in an attempt to gain an advantage in a dissolution or paternity case.  If you cannot afford an attorney for your domestic violence case and you need help with the forms and the process to file the fomrs, Mrs. Werdell can help you through that procesll.