Boca Raton Family Law & Criminal Defense Overview
Also serving the legal needs for Delray and Boynton Beach
Boca Raton divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard B. Barkin practice family law and criminal defense in Boca Raton and throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties, as well as general civil and criminal litigation, including appellate law and juvenile law.
Our firm represents clients in divorce proceedings, handling important issues of custody and support that are fair to the client and present workable, lasting solutions.
Sometimes circumstances change that make the original orders for custody or support difficult to implement. Income levels can change for better or worse, the needs of the children can result in increased costs or require the custodial parent to spend less time at work and more time at home, or a parent may need to move out of state for work. The law provides a mechanism for modifying orders when appropriate, and our office can assist in initiating or challenging modifications.
Paternity, also known as parentage, is the process of establishing the legal father of a child who is born to unmarried parents. Oftentimes, paternity is voluntarily acknowledged; in other cases, paternity is disputed and genetic testing and a court trial is required. Establishing paternity gives the legal father rights to custody and visitation; it also creates a responsibility for financial support. Furthermore, establishing paternity can sometimes extinguish parental rights that were assumed by another. We can help navigate these thorny issues and represent clients in establishing or challenging paternity.
Domestic violence has implications in both the criminal and family law arenas. Not only is a domestic violence batterer subject to criminal sanctions, including jail time in most instances, but domestic violence can lead the family court to award sole custody and prohibit visitation, or even remove a minor to temporary custody by an extended family member.
The primary legal weapon against domestic violence is the injunction or restraining order, which can restrain a person from living with or having contact with another, order a person into treatment or counseling, or establish temporary support orders. Our practice includes seeking or challenging injunctions, and our attorneys understand how domestic violence can be implicated in a divorce proceeding regarding orders for custody and support.
The attorneys in our firm include a former state prosecutor who has handled hundreds of felonies. We defend clients against criminal allegations ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, or even if you learn that you are under investigation, contacting an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible is the single most important step you can take in protecting your rights. Contact our office for assistance with:
- Employee theft
- White collar offenses
- Drug Possession
Our attorneys can advise and represent you at every step of a criminal proceeding. With sound legal advice regarding your circumstances, you will be able to make the best decision on how to proceed with your case, including whether to accept a plea bargain, seek a jury or bench trial, and if you do proceed to trial, whether to testify on your behalf. With those decisions made, our experienced criminal lawyers will develop negotiation and courtroom strategies that seek the best possible outcome for your case.
General Litigation, Appeals, Juveniles
Our experience in civil and criminal litigation gives us the ability to handle almost any type of case that arises, including appeals. Our criminal law and family law practices again cross paths in the juvenile arena, where we represent juveniles and families in both delinquency and dependency matters. Juvenile Dependency Court hears cases when there is a concern that a child has been or is in immediate danger of being abused, abandoned, or neglected, and can result in termination of parental rights. A guardian ad litem is usually appointed to represent the child, while the parents have the right to retain a lawyer to advise and represent them throughout the case.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation
Whether you are facing criminal charges, undergoing a divorce, or are involved with any other civil or criminal matter, you want to find an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in the area in which you need help, and who has actual courtroom litigation experience. Richard B. Barkin is a former state prosecutor with nearly 25 years in private practice handling an array of civil and criminal litigation matters, and over twenty years concentrating on family law and criminal defense. If you need legal advice and representation in a civil or criminal matter, contact the Law Offices of Richard B. Barkin.