Family Law Matters Can Cause Stress And Worry

Our Orlando Family Law Lawyers Can Assist In Your Case

When you’re going through a divorce, a child custody dispute or facing another stressful problem, look for a family lawyer in Orlando who will represent your interests knowledgeably and compassionately. Panella Law Firm will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve during this most difficult time in your life. Our experienced family law attorneys will do everything possible to gain the best outcome in your matter. You can count on us to be by your side, providing sound legal support every step of the way.

Trust Panella Law Firm to be your powerful advocate throughout the legal process. We will work diligently on your behalf to reach a resolution to your family law concern that is in line with your goals. Call us at (407) 233-1822 to set up a consultation.

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Emotions run very high in family legal disputes. It may be hard to think clearly about the right steps to take for yourself. If you have children, the confusion and anxiety only increases. We recognize that no matter your family law situation, it is the most important concern in your life right now. When we handle your case, your legal concern becomes our important concern too. Our skilled family lawyer Michael Panella understands Florida’s family courts and the legal process. He works hard to secure the most favorable outcome for his clients.

Our Divorce Lawyers in Orlando Are On Your Side

Experts say that divorce is life’s second-most stressful event. Only the death of a loved one is worse. Knowing the steps to dissolve your marriage in Florida won’t erase your stress. But understanding the divorce process can help reduce anxiety because you will know what to expect. The basic types of divorce in Florida are simplified, uncontested and contested.

  • As the name implies, a simplified divorce is less complicated. To be eligible for one, you can’t have minor children or babies on the way. You must either have no property to divide or be able to agree on all property division issues.
  • An uncontested divorce is when spouses work out and agree on all the issues related to their marriage’s ending. This includes custody of children, how assets and debts will be divided and other concerns.
  • When divorcing couples don’t agree on child custody, property division and the other decisions that must be made when ending a marriage, it is called a contested divorce. In a contested divorce, a judge will make the decisions for the former couple.

Get Support from Our Family Law Attorneys in Orlando, FL

Divorce is a complex process. There are many intricacies within the process that are often best handled by an attorney with in-depth knowledge of family law. When your marriage is ending, our family law attorneys in Orlando, FL will work hard to ensure your rights are upheld. Call Panella Law Firm at (407) 233-1822 to get the skilled assistance you need as you make this major life change. We are on your side.  

What Judges Look at in Deciding Custody

Here are some things the court will consider in awarding custody:

  • Children’s health and safety
  • The moral fitness of each parent
  • How each parent meets the child’s developmental needs
  • Which parent can provide the most stable home environment
  • Whether parents will encourage a positive relationship with the other parent
  • Each parent’s mental and physical health.

Our Family Law Lawyers in Orlando Are Your Advocate

Who gets the children is often a contentious issue during a divorce. When parents can’t agree on terms, the court will decide custody. The court’s decision will be based on the best interests of the children. Neither parent starts out with a greater right to custody.

Sometimes a child’s preference will be taken into account, depending on their maturity level and age.

After the judge looks at all this, they might grant joint custody to both parents. Or one parent might get sole custody, which may or may not include visitation rights for the other parent.

We Care About You and Your Children’s Best Interests

We know that your children are most important and that you want what best serves their interests. We are powerful advocates for the interests of you and your child in custody arrangements. Call our Orlando family law lawyers at Panella Law Firm at (407) 233-1822 for a consultation.

Client Testimonial

”I had the pleasure of working with attorney Huda with my time sharing case, and she was amazing! My case was a very difficult one and she did her best to make sure I wouldn’t be screwed over again with it like I was the first go round with a different attorney. She had my back and looked out for the best interest of my child. Unfortunately, my ex passed away unexpectedly and the case will now have to be closed. I would recommend this firm to anyone who is looking for good law firm who will fight for the best outcome for your case. Thank you again for everything!” – Brittany Smith (Google Review)

Attorney Mike Panella

For Mike Panella, the concept of zealous advocacy developed at an early age – fueled by what he perceived to be an unjust resolution in a personal family legal matter. Mr. Panella would later attribute his passion to defend the rights of those who stand accused to those inequities in the legal system he observed, and considered unjust. Before opening Panella Law Firm, Mr. Panella served as an Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and worked hundreds of cases in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. Mr. Panella was undefeated at trial. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    Florida is a No-Fault Divorce State

    Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. What this means is that when you file for divorce, you don’t have to show that the other spouse did something wrong to cause the breakup. You need only say that the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” which basically means that the marriage no longer works.

    But if your spouse’s adultery, cruelty or other misdeed did cause you to seek a divorce, this will be important for your attorney to know. Even though fault isn’t considered in filing for divorce, it may be considered when the judge makes decisions about things like dividing up property, alimony, child custody and child support.

    Filing for Divorce in Florida

    To file for divorce, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months. In a simplified divorce, both spouses petition the court to end their marriage. In contested or uncontested divorces, the person asking for divorce files and is called the petitioner. The other spouse is the respondent. Once the petitioner files, the respondent is served with divorce papers. There are various dissolution of marriage forms to fill out, depending upon what kind of divorce you are getting. Our seasoned divorce lawyers in Orlando will help you with the paperwork and filing steps.

    Trust Our Skilled Family Lawyers in Orlando

    We know your family problem is the most important concern in your life right now. Our skilled family lawyers in Orlando bring extensive experience to cases that include:

    • Divorce
    • Child custody
    • Child support and alimony, or a modification of terms
    • Paternity matters
    • Injunctions for domestic violence and stalking.

    Whatever situation you have, our goal is to help you satisfactorily resolve it and move on with your life. Call Panella Law Firm today to schedule a consultation. Our phone number is (407) 233-1822. We will fight for you.

    Contact Our Family Law Attorneys in Orlando, FL

    You don’t have to go through this emotionally trying time alone. Our hardworking family lawyers in Orlando can make the difference in the outcome of your case. You can rely on family lawyer Michael Panella and his associates to be your trusted advocate every step of the way.


      Most people who are divorcing want it over with as quickly as possible. A simplified divorce is the fastest. It typically takes about 30 days from filing to being finalized. Uncontested divorces can take a few months. Contested divorces can take as long as a year or even two years if there is a lot of disagreement involved.


      Who gets what when a marriage ends can cause a lot of tension in a divorce. Florida is an equitable division state. This means that the court will try to divide the property fairly, but it might not be equally. The judge will look at things like:

      • The length of the marriage
      • Each person’s income and earning potential
      • Each spouse’s debts
      • How many children there are at home
      • Career sacrifices a spouse made to help the other spouse.

      You can appeal the judge’s order, but you must do so quickly. There are specific and time-sensitive steps to take in the appeals process that we can advise you about. To be successful in an appeal, it must be shown that a legal error was made. If you try to appeal just because you don’t like the judge’s decision, you won’t be successful. It’s critical to have the help of a skilled divorce attorney in an appeal.


      You don’t have to hire a lawyer, but it is often in your best interests. This is especially true in a contested divorce. Our divorce lawyers in Orlando know the law and the local courts and judges and will make sure your rights are protected. Without a lawyer, you could lose out when it comes to assets, child custody and support, alimony and other issues. Even in simplified and uncontested divorces, it can be smart to have an attorney’s help. Our knowledgeable lawyers can answer your questions and review documents before you file them to make sure they are in order.


      The fees for divorce cases vary. How much an attorney will cost depends on the complexity of the case and how many terms are contested. When you meet with us, we can provide an estimate of what your divorce will cost based on the information you provide. It’s important to understand, though, that due to the changeable nature of divorces, we can provide only an estimate, not an exact cost.

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