Florida Divorce — Litigation or Collaboration

Divorce can be messy and stressful, with children sometimes caught in the crossfire. A courtroom shootout with spouses at war can destroy the wealth the couples were trying to divide. But it does not have to be that way.

Schwam-Wilcox & Associates, is a small law firm that strongly believes you can be in charge of your outcome when you have a skilled family law attorney by your side. Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox is an Orlando divorce lawyer who has experience with all aspects of divorce, and also has experience with the two extremes of divorce approach:

  • If you have the ability to make agreements and compromises with your spouse, and want to save time and money, we can work towards a collaborative divorce.
  • If your spouse is unreasonable, dangerous or incapable of cooperating, attorney Schwam-Wilcox can be a fierce courtroom litigator.

Your approach to divorce is your choice.

Wise Legal Advice for Divorce Decisions

As an experienced Orlando divorce attorney, Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox can guide you in your decision making process. When choices need to be made, the options and potential outcomes are explained to you and then you choose which option to pursue. Florida is a no-fault divorce state. There is no requirement to be legally separated prior to filing for divorce, but one party must live in Florida for six months before filing for divorce.

The primary divorce decisions are about money and children.

  • Equitable division of assets and liabilities — Equitable is not the same as equal, equitable means fair. Everyone's case is different and fair for one family may not be the same thing for another family. Each case must be looked at on an individual basis to determine an "equitable" outcome.
  • Spousal support — We help you determine if one spouse should support the other, in what manor, for how long, and what amount. We make certain that the payee does not pay more than is due, and that the payor receives all that is appropriate. A Florida alimony attorney is a valuable asset in this determination because there is not a state formula to use as a guideline.
  • Child support — Florida has a formula to follow for child support responsibilities. We make certain that the formula is applied accurately giving the payor all of the deductions deserved, but to ensure that the payee is receiving what is appropriate.
  • Child custody — Florida no longer uses the term "child custody" and now calls it "timesharing." Timesharing is a phrase used to express how much time the children spend with each parent. Day-to-day decision making is the responsibility of the parent who has the children on a particular day. The major decisions are usually done by either shared parental responsibility by both parents, but the court may award sole decision making responsibility to one parent depending on the individual specific facts of your case.

Frequently attorney Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox is appointed by the court as guardian ad litem ( advocate for children) to represent the children's best interests in custody disputes, child neglect, abandonment and abuse.


Most counties in the state of Florida have standing administrative orders that immediately take effect once a dissolution/paternity action is filed. These standing administrative order attempt to minimize the possibility of one party behaving is such a way that would require immediate judicial intervention. These orders are designed to make sure that the parties remain a "status quo" until such time that they can come to an agreement on this issues in their case, or until a Judge makes a ruling in their case.

Straight Talk and Strong Advocacy for Every Client

If you are in need of a Seminole County DWI attorney, a bankruptcy lawyer, or a family law firm experienced with collaborative divorce, please contact us for a consultation. Call 407-982-2714 or 888-337-5886, or send us an e-mail. We can help you through your difficult time.