From adoption representation, preparing for a life after divorce or ensuring your estate is fully protected, we recognize and respect your need for information, thoughtful practical advice and understanding. Our main goal is to help you resolve your legal issue(s) as quickly as possible so that you can move forward with your life.
about family first law group
Genevieve H. Torres, Esq.
Areas of Practice. Family and Marital Law, Collaborative Law, Adoptions, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration.
Bar Admissions. Florida
Education. Stetson College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2007
Languages. English and French
Rachael Ledet Rudin, Esq.
Areas of Practice. Family and Marital Law, Collaborative Law, Adoptions, Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration. Court Certified Family Law Mediator
Bar Admissions. Florida
Education. Stetson College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2009
I was able to contact my attorney at any time. She worked with me through all of my problems with my divorce. I did not have to worry about a thing. She was on top of everything to make my divorce very easy.
I started this process while stationed at an undisclosed location in the Middle East. My attorney and her staff assured me they would work hard so that I could see my son as much as possible. At trial, my attorney had my ex stumbling over every statement she made. Family First Law Group showed me why they are one of the best if not the best family lawyers in Tampa.
Ms. Torres’ professionalism and expertise were of invaluable help and support to me during my divorce process. She provided me with answers to my questions, was consistently accessible and available to me. She was welcoming and and responsive to my calls and questions in a positive and welcoming way. I felt my divorce was as important to Ms. Torres as it was to me. I am indeed grateful to have worked with her during this transitional time in my life.
LEGAL SERVICES: ADOPTIONS
Essentially there are two types of Adoption: Closed and Open. Closed simply refers to adoptive parents who do not meet or know the birth parents. Open adoptions refer to the adoptive parents meeting, knowing and/or working with the adoptive parents.
Adoptions also fall into several sub-categories such as international adoption, private/intermediary adoptions and agency adoptions. Family First Law Group assists families with Intermediary Tampa Adoptions, sometimes referred to as private or direct placement adoptions.
In most U.S. jurisdictions, at the time the adoption is finalized, the adopted child’s name is legally changed and the court orders the issuance of a new amended birth certificate.
LEGAL SERVICES: DIVORCE
Before you take any legal steps to end your marriage, you should make sure that you have tried all possible ways to save it. If you need professional help, many communities, social and religious organizations offer counseling services either free or on a sliding fee scale or you may want to consult with a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person.
Florida is a no-fault divorce state (meaning neither spouse is required to prove fault or marital misconduct on the part of the other).
LEGAL SERVICES: CHILD CUSTODY
In Florida, child custody is now referred to as parental “time-sharing of minor children. Regardless of what it is called, children deserve to be loved and cared for in a stable environment. Family First Law Group Child Custody Attorneys can help you understand all the factors that a court will weigh in making time-sharing decisions, and your options, to determine what would be in the best interests of your children.
Child custody is not an issue limited to divorce. Relatives often assume the responsibility of caring for children in their families, when the children’s parents are unable to do so.
LEGAL SERVICES: CHILD SUPPORT
Parents are legally obligated to contribute to the support of their children and this obligation cannot be contracted away. Child support is calculated using the guidelines contained within the Florida Statutes. It is based, in part, on the number of children and the combined monthly income of the parents. Daycare costs, health insurance payments made on behalf of the children and the amount of time the children spend with each parent are also taken into consideration.
A parent who is voluntarily unemployed, or underemployed, is still responsible for his or her children and can have income imputed by the court based on work history, qualifications and prevailing earnings level in the community.
LEGAL SERVICES: COLLABORATIVE LAW
The goal of Collaborative Law is to enable parties involved in a dissolution of marriage and other family law matters to resolve their differences in a non-adversarial and dignified setting using techniques committed to mutual resolution and reduced conflict. Collaborative Law works best for parties who wish to settle without going to court and are willing to commit to a good faith effort to do so.
The collaborative process is based on a pledge not to litigate in court. The process facilitates an open exchange of information with the goal of reaching the best possible solution for you and your family.
The Collaborative Team consists of a neutral mental health professional and a neutral financial professional. Other professionals may be added depending upon the needs of your family.