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Family Law West Palm Beach

Divorce Attorney West Palm Beach

David Pleasanton offers a personal approach and will discuss your case with you, one on one, with easy to understand communication. You will be able to speak directly with David every step of the way. David is and always has been a strong advocate for his clients offering a personal approach so that you can feel as comfortable as possible through the divorce process.

We consider several factors on behalf of our clients including the best interest of children, the current interests of the client, and the long term interest of the client.

Going through a divorce is typically one of the most notable events in a person’s life and you need an attorney who can navigate you through the process and protect your interest every step of the way.

West Palm Beach attorney David Pleasanton will complete a thorough evaluation of all marital property and recommend a resolution for a fair and equitable distribution. In addition to that, David will work closely with you on custody and time-sharing for your children. David will be an advocate on your behalf when it comes to negotiating and mediation. If the need arises for litigation, David has the skill and experience to stand up for you in court.

Uncontested Divorce

When all parties in a divorce can amicably agree on the division of assets and liabilities, support concerns and time-sharing with the children an uncontested divorce might be the best option.

In an uncontested divorce there is no need for decisions to be made by the court, making the divorce process much easier, quicker and less expensive.   Legal documents are created after the parties have reached an agreement on each issue. This process can take on average 30 to 60 days.

Prenuptial Agreements

The reality is, marriage is a partnership and just like any other partnership, you should not enter into it without a formal agreement outlining the intentions of the parties.   This meeting of the minds is accomplished through a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement is a contract between two people created before they get married. This contract addresses what is going to take place if one of the parties passes away or if a divorce takes place.   This agreement addresses issues concerning property, support and attorney fees.

Many people are unaware of the consequences of decisions commonly made during marriage. A prenuptial agreement can negate the unintended consequences of those decisions, if properly drafted. David has extensive experience working with couples and prenuptial agreements.


Alimony refers to payments made by one spouse to the other.  Alimony is based upon the length of the marriage, education of the parties, age of the parties, the need of one spouse, and the ability of the other spouse to pay.  The court will attempt to allow both spouses to maintain the lifestyle established during the marriage.  Sometimes alimony can be a lump sum or payments on a continuing basis or both and is paid at a level that is deemed necessary. Lump sums and periodic payments can be for a specified term.

In addition to a lump sum of money and/or payments, personal property and titles to real property can be transferred or a security interest in real property can be acquired.

Alimony can also be for rehabilitative purposes.  

Child Custody

It used to be that mothers had an advantage in child custody decisions and fathers rarely succeeded. Those days are gone.  The law presumes that parents will have shared parental responsibility.  Timesharing with a child is normally sought to be equalized between parents as much as possible depending upon the individual factual circumstances.  

David Pleasanton represents clients on all sides of child custody and child support issues. We can provide you with the best legal services including litigation involving:

  • Child Support
  • Child Custody-Sole and Joint
  • Visitation Schedules
  • Paternity and Father’s Rights
  • Modification of Custody Support
  • Temporary Custody by Extended Family Members
  • Grandparent’s Rights

We appreciate that child custody issues are emotionally charged and we want to help you through this difficult process by being responsive to your needs, proactively communicating with you and by being available.

David Pleasanton has an aggressive approach intended to protect your rights and implement a stable future with your children.

Child Custody and Relocation

If you are considering relocating out of the area with your children, you need to know that there are statutes which must be complied with.  The applicable statutes require notice and can’t approved before a minor child can be relocated outside of the court’s jurisdiction. David will be able to assist you with a contemplated relocation.

Child Support

Two of the most common concerns involving child support include determining the amount of child support payments and modifying existing support orders.   In addition to that sometimes parents stop making payments or they feel they are paying too much or they are not getting enough child support.

If you think your ex spouse is not paying enough or if you think you are paying to much a child support modification should be considered. David has handled many child support modifications in Palm Beach.

Child support is intended to support the child’s standard of living. David Pleasanton will work and argue for an appropriate amount of child support based on the facts of the case. 

Paternity and Child Support

Paternity issues are not just about “Who is the biological Father?” anymore. Now even if you are not the biological father, you can still pay child support.

Legally there are different types of fathers:

Acknowledged Father– a biological father of a child born to an unmarried mother, for whom paternity has been established by either the admission of the father or the agreement of the parents.

Presumed Father- When a child is born to a married couple the husband is presumed to be the father of the child.

Alleged Father or Unwed Father– An unmarried man who impregnates a woman will be required to pay child support if a court determines he is the father or if he acknowledges that he is the father. The father is entitled to visitation rights with his child and may seek custody.

Stepfather– A stepfather, is married to a mother that has children which he is not the biological father of. Usually a stepfather is not obligated to support the children in this situation unless he legally adopts the children.

To find out more about how David Pleasanton can help you with Family Law, call today.

Case Results for Family Law (Modification)

The information below has not been reviewed or approved by the Florida Bar. Not all results have been provided, and results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the attorney in every case. Each case is different, and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.

Hellen Bullard v. Stanley Bullard
Case # CD-90-3033-FD
(Client’s Petition to Modify Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage) Granted

Willshire v. Carmichael
Case # CD-85-7708-FC
(Client’s Petition to Modify Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage) Granted

Hansen v. Hansen
Case # CD-95-400-FA
(Client’s Petition to Vacate Judgment, Arrearages and Income Deductions Order) Granted