Archive for September, 2012

Child Support

Child Support

Regardless of whether you are facing a divorce or have never been married, it is important to determine which party is responsible for providing child support  A common question many family law clients ask Martin County Attorney Leonard S. Villafranco is “how much child support can I expect to receive or pay after my divorce or custody proceeding is completed?” On January 1st, 2011, some very important changes took place regarding how child support is calculated.  Florida Statute Section 61.30, addresses these questions, the full text of Florida’s law can be found here.  In making this determination, the Court (or the parties by agreement) must first make a decision regarding timesharing. “Time-sharing” is a relatively new term in the laws of the State of Florida and to Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach County.  Traditionally, the Courts have utilized terms such as “primary custody” and “visitation.”  However, the State of Florida, including, Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Beach county Courts have moved away from such terms.  Instead, Courts prefer the term “time-sharing” to describe the time each parent spends with their children.  Each parent has an obligation to support their children.  However, an obligation to actually pay child support to another party is created when one parent has the majority of time-sharing with the children. The parent with more of the time-sharing is more likely to be the parent who collects child support.  That time-sharing is calculated into the child support guidelines, along with each parties’ income, allowed deductions, health insurance and child care.  It is important to consult with Stuart, Port St. Lucie or Palm Beach family law attorney, Leonard S. Villafranco, who can guide you through the Florida child support process. We have provided this free child support calculator for you to use to get an estimate of the child support you may be obligated to pay or may be entitled to receive.  Remember, this calculator is for estimate purposes only and is based upon the Florida Guidelines. Your child support may be higher or lower, depending on the circumstances of your particular case.  To help you understand what you can expect when child support is an issue, please give us a call at the Law Office of Leonard S. Villafranco at our Stuart office at (772) 288-7338 or our Port St. Lucie office at (772) 871-6441.


Stuart and Port St. Lucie Personal Injury

Personal Injury Law

The Law Office ofLeonard S. Villafranco

Dangerous and distracted drivers are common on Stuart and Port St. Lucie roadways. Thousands of accidents happen every day. Regardless of the statistics of accidents on the roads, being injured in a collision can have serious effects on yours and your family’s life. Accident victims often face huge medical bills, pain and suffering, loss in wages, severe injury, permanent disability, or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Before you sign anything from your insurance company give the Treasure Coast Attorney Leonard S. Villafranco a call at or Stuart office at (772) 288-7338 or our Port Saint Lucie office at (772) 871-6441 to discuss all your legal options.

Each year there are millions of car crashes that occur throughout the United States. While a minor accident can be an annoyance, a major car crash can be deadly. With Port St. Lucie attorney Leonard S. Villafranco on your side, we will negotiate with your insurance company and make sure you get reimbursed for damage to your vehicle, medical expenses, and any loss wages.

Auto accidents cause medical complications, loss of property, and even death. These accidents can occur because of driver error, negligence, or manufacturing defects. No matter what the cause or result, an accident can turn your life upside down. Consult with Stuart personal injury lawyer Leonard S. Villafranco to determine your rights and possible compensation for future injuries, expenses and losses.

Defining who was at fault can be a complicated task determining who acted when and what Florida laws ruled over the incident. If the other driver was negligent, you may have to prove that the driver was at fault and that fault caused your damages. Having Martin County auto accident lawyer Leonard S. Villafranco on your side is enormously important at this time, whether you are fighting your insurance company, seeking compensation for your injuries or defending yourself in court. Important information collected on your accident includes police reports, witnesses and the condition of the driver and the vehicles involved in the accident.

Actions that may have contributed to the accident include:

  • Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)  –  drugs and alcohol
  • Failure to factor weather conditions
  • Ignoring posted speed limits
  • Distractions caused by a talking or texting on a cell phone, passenger, the radio
  • Failure to obey traffic laws such as turn signals, right-of-way and other rules
  • Illegal U-turns

What you should do if you’ve been in an Auto Accident:

  • Call 911 if you or anyone else needs medical attention from the accident.
  • Immediately after the accident, gather as much information as possible. Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, and contact information of all of the drivers as well as the vehicle owners involved in the accident.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene, vehicle damage and injuries if possible
  • Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of any potential witnesses.
  • Collect any additional information about the accident such as weather conditions and the position of each vehicle involved in the accident. If it appears the other driver has been drinking, find out where he or she consumed the alcoholic beverages. This will make it easier to collect addition evidence for later use.
  • Make sure that you report the accident to the police. Having a police report could be vital to your case.


The Law Office of Leonard S. Villafranco

It is common to feel normal immediately following an accident, and then begin to feel pain in the next couple of day days. That is why Florida Personal Injury Law allows you up to two years to file a lawsuit, and sometimes longer. If you or your family members are injured in an accident, notify your insurance company and get medical attention immediately then call the Palm Beach, Stuart and Port Saint Lucie lawyer Leonard S. Villafranco for a free consultation. Mr. Villafranco is an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer who will look out for your legal rights. You will receive the highest quality legal representation from your Florida automobile accident attorney.

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