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Thomas Holden


Thomas Holden is an attorney who helps clients involved in family-law litigation cases. Mr. Holden handles all aspects of family law cases from consultation to conclusion.

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Paul W. Darby


Paul Darby is licensed to practice law in both the Florida state courts, and in the federal courts of the Middle District of Florida, though the focus of his practice is mainly in the state courts relating to civil/domestic disputes and criminal matters.

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If you are considering filing for divorce, it is important to speak with a qualified divorce attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options and wishes. Our team at Holden & Darby will help you assess your family’s situation, and work with you to decide the best course of action. The first step towards getting a divorce in Florida is to file a document called a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document outlines any claims that you have for things like custody, child support, alimony, and division of property and debts.

This depends on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. If the divorce is uncontested and the couple ends their marriage agreeably, then the process could take as little as four to five weeks. However, if a judge must get involved in a contested divorce, your case could last six months or longer. In counties where the courts are busy, it could easily take a year or more.

  • If you and your spouse have been married for 20 years or more, most likely things like child support and custody will no longer be an issue, since children will likely be preparing to or already have flown the nest. However, there are three major factors that still play a big role in long-term marriage divorces.
  • Alimony – The length of the marriage is an important factor when it comes to alimony. The longer the couple has been together, the more likely a court will order spousal maintenance for the under-earning spouse. These types of alimony are more likely to be permanent rather than rehabilitative.
  • Retirement – If a spouse paying long-term alimony can prove that it is reasonable for him to retire, then the court will usually adjust his alimony obligation downward. This means the income of the receiving spouse will drop, but it will also take a chunk out of the paying spouse’s reduced income.
  • Marital Home – Odds are, couples who have been married a long time have already paid off their home. This creates sizable and valuable asset, free of liens. When this happens, spouses close to retirement will not need to worry about paying a mortgage or refinancing the home. If the house is worth $300,000 or more, the spouse keeping it may have to take on a $150,000 mortgage to buy out the partner’s equity. Since this can often be an issue when each spouse’s income will soon be reduced due to retirement, many courts will award the house outright to one spouse, allowing the partner’s equity share to act as a one-time lump sum of alimony.

There are many kinds of accidents that can cause injury: defective products, slip and fall accidents, and car accidents. If you are ever injured in an accident, it is important that you call the police to report the incident and seek medical treatment you may need for any injuries sustained. It will also help your personal injury case if witness statements and contact information are gathered and the scene is documented with photos or videos as soon as possible after the accident. If you are physically unable to do this, usually the law enforcement officers involved will handle it. As soon as you are able, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case so that you can receive the medical and financial compensation you deserve.

What people say about us

Best lawyer hands down

Mr. Darby is a magnificent attorney. He’s helped me with my divorce and has gone above and beyond what I expected. I’m a father and he got me the best possible results. Everything we asked for, we got. If you want an experienced and friendly attorney, look no further. Thanks so much Mr. Darby.


The BEST of the best!

Paul Darby is the best attorney in Central Florida. He goes above and beyond and is very detail-oriented. Not one of those intimidating attorneys. I was impressed by how down-to-earth he was and how caring. I feel like he treats his clients the same way he would treat a family member.


Job well done!!!

Had a very complicated case and every step of the way, Mr. Darby was three steps ahead. I would highly recommend him and would use him again if I had to…


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