Winter Springs Family Attorney, Practicing Only Family Law Since 2005
AAA Family Law
Depending on where in this city you live, our office is only between four and eleven miles away. It is just north of the Altamonte Mall, on 283 Cranes Roost Blvd., Suite 111.
Our attorney represents clients in most practice areas of family law. Many of the cases involve contested or uncontested divorces. Most of the contested ones are resolved by mediation, which is required by law before attempting to take the case to court. Mediators are neutral parties that specialize in helping divorcing couples come to agreements on the terms of their divorces, such as property distribution, alimony (or spousal support) child custody and child support. In Florida child custody and support are tied together by a system called time sharing where the parent that spends less than half of the time with the children pays the one the spends most of the time, in proportion to the time spent and subject to other considerations.
When a couple fails to agree on the terms of the divorce at the mediation the case has to be taken to a court of law and the judge makes the final binding decision on what the terms will be. But even a mediated agreement is subject to some limitations set by law and requires final approval by a judge. As you can see, in Florida, divorce law is not designed to establish guilt or fault, only to set terms of the distribution of responsibilities and properties resulting from the dissolution of the marriage.
Many of the cases that come to us are of the type that arise after a divorce. These are (1) demands for post judgment enforcement of the divorce decrees on such matters as alimony, child support payments and child custody and (2) requests for court modification of the original terms of the divorce.
We also represent clients in cases not involving divorces and are not necessarily married couples. These are those of (a) domestic violence by one member of a household to another, (b) disputes over men's paternity or their rights and responsibilities in relation to their children and (c) cases that involve the Florida Department of Children and Families.
But not everything we do involves resolving disputes. The prenuptial agreements we draft help prevent future disputes by clearly defining the mutual rights and responsibilities that the couples agree on and are enforceable by law. And we also help in the legal process of adopting a child by a relative or family member and applying for name changes.
If you need legal representation in a family law case, call (407) 260-6001 to schedule an appointment for a free thirty-minute initial consultation with attorney Eduardo J. Mejias. There is an hourly charge for additional consultation time. See Family Lawyer Retainer Fees.
At the free consultation, you will inform him about the legal issues you need to resolve. He will then present you with a realistic goal and a plan to resolve them. And he will let you know the total amount of his retainer fees before paying or signing a contract. These fees are almost always for a fixed amount and not base on an hourly rate.
Mr. Mejias graduated with the degree of Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida. He was soon after admitted to the Florida Bar in January of 1999. Since 2005 he has concentrated his practice in family law, having participated in hundreds of divorce mediations and more than fifty trials. This level of experience and accomplishment, specifically in this area of law, means that he knows how to find all of the applicable legislation and their court interpretations to achieve the most favorable results possible for his clients. His law practice has been in the Orlando metro area since 2011, giving him some insight into the probable ways in which the area judges will rule in family law cases.
This is what makes it possible for him to do much more than react to the demands of the opposing counsel. It is why he will aggressively take the initiative and proactively seek for his clients all that the rights the law provides in their case.
Mr. Mejias has also made a public pledge on the home page of his website to be accessible to his clients by returning all emails and phone calls during office hours within a period of 24 hours. This is one way that keeps his clients informed of their cases.
These are the reason why the three A's in AAA Family Law stand for Accomplished, Accessible, Aggressive.
The Fast-Growing Suburb With a Tasteful Shopping Center
Before 1959, this city was a rural area with very little population. Starting in the late 1830's the southwest corner of Lake Jesup was used by farmers to ship their crops to market. The boats and ships that docked on the wharves located in this area also brought new settlers. By the 1860's, the area currently occupied by the city had a lumber and sawmill industry, cattle and orange groves. Railroad transportation soon followed.
In 1959 the city of North Orlando was incorporated, including most of the area that is now Winter Springs, with a population of only about 600 people. In 1962 the city annexed an area owned by its Development Company, making it the largest city in land area in Seminole county, with 14.4 square miles. Then it changed its name to Winter Springs.
Winter Springs Today
This city borders on Oviedo to its west and to Longwood and Casselbery to its east. To its south is an unincorporated area of Seminole county and to its north, mostly Lake Jesup. By 2013 its population had grown to 33,871. That is an annual growth rate of 7.5% from the 600 people that lived in the city when it was formed in 1959. These high growth rates are typical of other cities in the Orlando metro area, such as Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Oviedo and Winter Park.
This is a typical suburban city. The Google satellite and street views show almost no building more then two stories high and large numbers of single-family homes with spacious lots. And it has no typical down-town area of the kind that one finds in older cities. Its commercial center is a very new and pleasant shopping center called the Town Center. This seems to be the pattern of cities that grew up from almost nothing during the age when the use of the automobile had become very widespread.
The Town Center is not the typical central mall building surrounded by a huge parking lot. It has been made to look more like an old style downtown with numerous small shops sharing walls and facing streets where cars park. The buildings are two stories high, some of them apartments as well as shops and they are of different shapes. They also preserve a good balance between variety of styles and standards of common appearance. Its main parking lot is in the middle of the shops that surround it. It all looks very tastefully done.
Just north of the Town Center is the city's high-school, surrounded by numerous sport fields. There are nine baseball fields, six tennis courts, a track, a soccer field, but surprisingly, no football field.