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Family Law

Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA engages in a comprehensive family law practice in south Florida. With offices in Fort Lauderdale and Davie, our practice extends to helping individuals and families throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. See below for some of the major areas of our family law practice, and call 954-462-2225 for a no-cost consultation about how we can help you with your Florida family law matter.

Collaborative law is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that divorcing couples and others can use to resolve family law issues. In Florida, this process is governed by the Collaborative Law Process Act (CLPA). Although it is not appropriate for every situation, collaborative law offers a number of different advantages.

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Choosing an attorney to represent you in a divorce proceeding is an important matter. In addition to dissolving the marriage, a Florida divorce decree will contain final orders regarding your property and your children that will set the stage for your life and family relationships post-divorce for years to come. The family law attorneys at Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA have the knowledge, skills, experience and dedication needed to thoroughly represent you and make sure your divorce is concluded satisfactorily.

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Child Support

Both parents have a legal responsibility to support their children financially. This is true whether the parents are married, divorced or never married at all. In a Florida divorce between a couple with children, the judge will order one parent to pay a monthly amount of child support to the other. While this process may seem straightforward, it can actually be quite complex, and there are many factors to consider when determining the appropriate monthly amount.

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Alimony is an amount of money that the court can order one former spouse to pay to another as part of a divorce, for the support and maintenance of the receiving spouse. Florida family law judges do not automatically include an order for alimony as part of every divorce. Instead, one of the parties to the divorce must first request that alimony be included in the divorce. The requesting party must prove that he or she needs the alimony requested and that the other party has the ability to pay it.

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Parenting & Timesharing

When a couple is separating or divorcing, the issue of how they will share parenting responsibilities and time with their children is paramount. At the law offices of Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA, our experience and expertise in Florida divorce and family law enables us to provide knowledgeable and sensitive assistance to help you devise a parenting plan that works, and to provide strong and effective representation in court when necessary to protect the rights of you and your children to a parenting plan and timeshare that meets your needs.

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Equitable Distribution

The term “equitable distribution” refers to the division of marital property in a Florida divorce. Florida law requires family court judges to divide the marital property in an equitable fashion, which may not necessarily be equal. Many factors go into ensuring a property division that is truly equitable and meets your needs post-divorce. At the law offices of Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA, our skilled and experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce attorneys help make sure that your rights are protected in the property division, and that the ultimate distribution of marital property reflects your interests.

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Criminal Defense

The single most important step you can take after an arrest is to contact an experienced local criminal defense attorney. Anything you say to the police without your lawyer present will more likely hurt you than help you, even if you are totally innocent and merely trying to explain the situation. Once the police have advised you that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney, your best move is to heed that advice, don’t say anything and call Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA in Fort Lauderdale.

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Criminal Offenses

Drug crimes are vigorously pursued by law enforcement in Florida. Police chiefs and district attorneys can make headlines, make a name for themselves, and make their careers off of a large drug bust or a history of taking a hard-line on drug offenses. For individuals, this means that low-level drug offenders or innocent people can be swept up in this net, being heavily charged for minor offenses or pressured into pleading guilty to serious crimes that may not actually be supported by the evidence.

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Fort Lauderdale Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Your Fort Lauderdale Lawyers for Life’s Most Pressing and Vital Legal Matters

There may likely be many times in your life when you feel the need to seek legal advice or representation, but perhaps nowhere is this need more immediate and important than if you are going through a divorce or child custody dispute, or if you have been arrested for a drug crime or other criminal charges. The outcome of family law and criminal law cases not only have an instant impact on your life but continue to have consequences for you and your family for many years to come. Getting these matters done right the first time is essential to your freedom, your family, and your future. The law firm of Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA can help you with Fort Lauderdale divorce, family law and criminal defense matters in Broward County courts and beyond.

Fort Lauderdale Family Law, Divorce, Collaborative & Air Crew Divorce

Our comprehensive family law practice encompasses the entire spectrum of marital relations, from prenuptial and postnuptial agreements to divorce and post-divorce modifications and enforcement. We represent clients in family law matters ranging from paternity cases to domestic violence restraining orders. We apply years of family law experience to make sure your rights and interests are fully represented in your Broward County divorce, including child support, alimony, parental responsibility and time-sharing, and the equitable distribution of marital property.

Our experienced Fort Lauderdale collaborative divorce lawyers take the time to understand your unique issues and provide you with the level of expertise and representation your case requires. With certified mediators and veteran litigators in our firm, we are prepared to resolve your family law matter as quickly and favorably as possible. We strive to protect your rights and interests and get you the best result no matter what setting we are in, from the negotiating table to the courtroom. We encourage collaboration and amicable resolution wherever possible but are always ready to represent you in court with skill, strength and expertise. We also provide document review services to assist individuals proceeding without an attorney, or who let their spouse’s attorney draw up an agreement and need an independent eye to make sure they are adequately protected.

Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense

An arrest for a serious crime in Florida can do more than put your life or liberty in jeopardy. You can face the loss of your property, and a criminal conviction can haunt you forever, keeping you from getting the job you want or the career you dreamed about, dictating where you can and can’t live, whether you can get a loan or good credit, how you will be perceived by family, friends and neighbors, and much more. We understand what is at stake in any criminal case, and we fight hard to provide the best defense and achieve the best outcome possible.

Our comprehensive criminal law practice includes defense of the full range of misdemeanor and felony charges in Florida state and federal courts, including DUI, drug offenses, burglary and theft, robbery and homicide, white collar crimes, firearms and weapons offenses, sex crimes, computer and internet crimes, violation of probation and domestic violence.

Any arrest should be taken seriously and handled with the advice and representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Prosecutors may make you feel like the easiest path is to plead guilty and move on with your life, but they don’t tell you of the many strikes a single conviction can place on you, including penalty enhancements and mandatory sentences if you are ever arrested again in the future. You also have no way of knowing how strong the prosecution’s actually is or what defenses you may have on your side. Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA offers a free case evaluation to give you an idea of where you stand, so you can make the best decision about how to proceed.

Get the Help You Need Most, At the Time You Need it Most

Important legal matters cannot wait but must be addressed immediately to protect your rights and secure your chance for a favorable outcome. For a free, confidential case evaluation or immediate assistance with your Broward County family law or criminal law matter, contact Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA today at 954-462-2225 (family law) or 954-462-2208 (criminal defense) for sound advice and professional representation from our skilled and knowledgeable Fort Lauderdale collaborative divorce lawyers.

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Robert Trachman is a well-recognized and highly respected Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer. His legal career began in 1973 as an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Mr. Trachman subsequently worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.



Quentin Ballot-Lena is a Fort Lauderdale family lawyer at Trachman & Ballot-Lena, PA, practicing in the areas of divorce, child custody, domestic violence, paternity, prenuptial agreements and more in Fort Lauderdale and Davie.


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