Tampa Family Lawyers
Your Best Interests Are Our Priority
At Four Rivers Law Firm, we abide by the principle that most family law cases are 80% emotion and 20% law. Therefore, we strive to take the emotion out of the case so the process is simple as it can be. When both sides are able to cooperate and work soberly through the court applied formulas, cases can be easy.
Often, our clients going through a divorce or other family legal matter are worried the other spouse has hired a good lawyer. We welcome this as a good thing and prefer the opportunity to work across the aisle with experienced family attorneys since they usually share our reasoned approach. The most difficult cases are ones involving attorneys who inject additional energy into the case, which is often done at the expense of both clients. This is usually due to inexperience. It benefits everyone on both sides to be represented by effective counsel.
Types of Family Law Cases in Florida
The team of Tampa family law attorneys at Four Rivers Law Firm is experienced in all types of Florida family law matters. Examples of family law in Florida include, but aren't limited to:
- Child custody modifications
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) / Mediation
- Post-judgment modification and enforcement
- Prenuptial & postnuptial agreements
- Stepparent adoptions
- Temporary custody by extended family (grandparents rights)
- Adult name changes
Cost-Effective Family Law Counsel
Over half of all divorce cases are done pro se, which means with no lawyer at all. The reason is the wide disconnect between law firms and the ability of many clients to pay high legal fees.
We offer a unique choice of representation in order to match your needs. One size does not fit everyone. For e.g., if you have a complicated separation and a lot of assets to split, we offer full-service representation based on retainer and hourly billings, so that we can represent you throughout the entire process, consistent with our simple philosophy.
We offer menu-based prices, so there is full transparency of costs before you engage us. We have found that this model can be very successful for clients who are appearing without an attorney but need some help on the side.
Our People – Experienced Family Lawyers in Tampa
The Four Rivers Law Firm family law practice is developed by J. Michael Shea, esq., a civil trial attorney of 40 years, and Executive Director of St. Michael’s Legal Clinic for Women and Children. Mike has served his clients by successfully appearing in thousands of cases involving divorce and child support.
Modern Technology & Communication
We have built our practice from the ground up using proprietary information management and software technology. We have streamlined our entire technological process which has allowed us to provide higher levels of expertise, better service, and ultimately a lower cost.
Transparent Fees, Custom Rates
You can speak with your attorney as much as you want; all fees and costs are known to you before you sign with us.
Real Attorneys, Every Time
Every time you communicate with our firm, you speak with a real attorney. You will be given the cell phone number of your attorney who is there for you every step of the way.