Focusing on Divorce Representation & Mediation
We understand that selecting a divorce attorney is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. Our goal is to protect the rights of our clients while utilizing our legal expertise and knowledge, allowing you the best fair and aggressive representation. Whether adopting a new member into the family or dissolving a marriage, Sharon understands that domestic law often is very difficult, both emotionally and financially and has the knowledge and expertise to assist you in these difficult processes.
Serving Jacksonville Residents Since 1993
Sharon values her reputation for ethical professionalism and honesty. She prides herself in knowing when to provide aggressive divorce advocacy and when her negotiating and mediating skills are best asserted. Our firm recognizes that most family law cases are about families experiencing stressful and trying times. We will always endeavor to remain sensitive to your emotional needs while obtaining the best outcome possible for your legal case.
We are receptive to the needs of our clients and work diligently to provide you with the best possible divorce resolution. Your rights will always be protected while our litigation and legal procedures are conducted in a fair and compassionate manner. Contact our office or call to schedule a consultation with Sharon Johnson at (904) 306-9926.
Mediation is a fast growing area in Florida family and marital law. All divorce cases and the majority of all family law cases are court ordered to attend mediation. Mediation is an opportunity for the parties to reach a resolution with the assistance of a qualified family mediator on all issues relating to their marriage, children, assets, and liabilities. There is generally a considerable cost savings when the case is settled at mediation. In a litigated case, when the issues are decided by the judge, the parties have turned over the outcome of their case to the court.
Once the ruling has been made by the trial court, if a party believes mistakes have been made in his or her case, the only options are a motion for rehearing and then an appeal to the appellate court. These options are time consuming and can add considerable expense to a party’s fees and costs. An appeal may take one to two years before a ruling is made. Often times the appellate court will “affirm” (agree with) the trial court’s decisions with little or no explanation.
If you are considering a Certified Family Mediator for your case, contact Sharon Johnson, an experienced family law mediator and attorney, who mediates for pro se parties (those without legal representation) and parties with attorneys.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
Every divorce falls under one of two categories: uncontested or contested. In an uncontested divorce, the parties have agreed to all terms without condition. A contested divorce is the result of spouses who are unable, or unwilling, to reach an agreement on at least one issue related to the dissolution of their marriage. If the time has come to end your marriage, you must decide which course you will choose. While this decision must ultimately be the choice of both parties, you can talk with your spouse to learn his or her position. Sharon Johnson strongly recommends that you first consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your legal options, your rights and responsibilities in your divorce case. This better enables you to then discuss the case with your spouse. Remember, a party who is informed will likely not commit to a resolution that he or she will later learn was not in their best interests. Oftentimes, once a final judgment has been entered by the court it is unlikely or impossible to change the terms of that agreement.
Particularly in cases where minor children are involved, dissolution of a marriage can have long-lasting and harmful effects. A mature parent’s goal should be to preserve communication and a working relationship with the other parent instead of resorting to behaviors that cause drama, deceit, and devastation. The children will suffer most from their parents’ unfortunate choices. Remember, you both want the best for your children.
Be better prepared for your divorce by consulting with Sharon Johnson prior to making final decisions. Preparation is very often the key to a successful dissolution process.
With nearly 20 years of experience helping our clients resolve paternity issues such as: child support, child custody and visitation; Sharon Johnson has the knowledge needed to effectively represent your best interests. Whether you are a father who would like to secure your parental rights or a mother who would like to collect child support, we can help you bring a “petition to establish parental relationship” with the courts. No matter what your reason for establishing paternity, we have the experience to support your interests and the knowledge to relay all of your options.