Posted by anonymous
Unfortunately 9 years ago I went through a very nasty divorce. In the final ruling from the Judge my ex wife was giving the house paid in full, she did not assume any of the over $1 million in family debt and most importantly she was given lifetime alimony at a rate higher then the expect 50 percent of our previous married income. In addition, she received every month her child support and an extra $400 thousand in equalizer payment. I can also tell you I was ordered to pay all attorney fees both for her side and mine. What I have failed to mention is the original divorce took 3 year to finalize but she continued to litigate for the entire last 9 years on a variety of issues which are to vast to mention. Yes I paid every penny of the attorney fees, accountant fees and all associated litigation costs. How does this happen? Welcome to Florida divorce court. Where the Judges have a loose set of guildlines to follow and subjectivity is the rule.
Now let us get to the issue. Lifetime alimony for most of us is hard to comprehend. Most think yes it is money to help the kids. Wrong, that is child support which has nothing to do with alimony. This is monies given from one ex spouse to another monthly for a lifetime. Notice I wrote ex spouse not ex husband to ex wife because a woman can surely pay to her ex husband. Now in same sex marriage one will pay for the other. Next common thought. Lifetime alimony ends at retirement or if your income drop. Wrong on both counts. Florida takes the definition of lifetime to its literal end, meaning, you pay until you or or your ex spouse dies. Can it be modified? Yes but that also may take more than a year to get to a judge and a great deal of litigation fees. Try that when your income is falling. Could the spouse remarry and end lifetime alimony? Yes, but the rarely do if they are receiving a fortune every month. They (ex spouses) seem to find it better to have a boyfriend or girlfriend and not give up a lifetime of money.
Here is a little math fact to contemplate. I was married very young at 20. I filed for divorce at 36. We were together at least in legal name for 16 years. If I live to 72 I will pay more than double the years of alimony than I was married. Great deal of your receiving the money. I felt like I was trapped. A Florida law created Florida Judge mandated life time slave. It affected every aspect of my life. Not just the financial but the emotional knowledge and stress of always being attached to someone I had wanted nothing to do with anymore. No matter what life choice I may contemplate I first had to decide if I could afford my alimony. Remember the first person paid from you check every month is your former spouse. Why you may ask is because they send you to jail if you do not. That is when I met Luis Insignares. He could see the injustice. He could see the pain. He accessed the situation and created a plan to fix it. I am happy to say he did. I am done with l lifetime alimony. It is not just the money it is the emotional freedom. It is knowing I cannot be dragged back for unending litigation. I divorced because of numerous poor acts on the part of my ex spouse. Paying every month makes it hard to forget. It is an ugly reminder of the reasons you left. Everyone needs closure to move on and heal. Now I have mine thanks to Luis.
Posted by anonymous
I was on my second attorney in my high conflict divorce case and I felt my attorney wasn't able to help as things weren't progressing the way nor the timeframe I was expecting. I was referred to Luis and I was so excited to meet and have him get me where I needed to get. Immediately after I hired him, he did just that. He is amazing. He took my case on full force and understood exactly the type of person we were dealing with in the courtroom. He has a lot of knowledge and uses his people skills along with his connections to make the best well rounded case possible. I appreciated the updates, the personable team he has, and I would refer him to anyone who would ask me. He was my third attorney for my divorce and looking back, lets just say third time is a charm.
Posted by Louis R Finberg
My recent divorce, let's just say was not a high point in my life. The myriad twists and turns, the attendant anxiety, along with the guilt, remorse and uncertainty that accompany the end of a 33 year union can be depressing to say the least. Luis E Insignares came highly recommended from another attorney that I respect. From the initial consultation, preparing and submition of documents, coaching for mediation and court, Luis' insight and strategy were exemplary. Nearly everything I was told would happen, happened! Also, his supporting cast, The LEI Team were also terriffic ("birds of a feather...").
In short, if you have to go throught the process, I believe. Luis' Firm sets the bar. In short, this is where you want to start!
Posted by Tom and Marilyn
After pursuing a just resolution in several states with several attorneys, we turned to Mr Insignares. He showed exceptional insight in his assessment of the issues and proved to be a brilliant strategist. He was objective in his assessment of possible outcomes, encouraging us to be reasonable in our expectations. Concomitant with his legal skills was his personal kindness and understanding. We always left him feeling secure and confidant. The conclusion of our case satisfied all our hopes! That would never have happened without him. We thank him and we recommend him with complete confidence.
Posted by Danielle
Many divorces are not easy, and mine has been anything but simple. However, for as complicated and messy as a case that I brought Luis, he has made every step of the process as gentle as it could be. He has not only proven himself to be competent, effecient, and affective in the courtroom, he has also managed to be an excellent friend and confidant. I have referred many friends in my personal life to Luis because I trust him to treat them with compassion and respect. Luis has a deep and broad knowledge of family law and has served me and many others I know exceptionally well. I also have many attorney friends and through them, I have learned that Luis holds the same respect in our community. He is formidable to his opponenets yet gracious and giving to his clients. Any person going through the unfortunate experience of family law issues would benefit from Mr. Insignares' expertise.
Posted by Heather
Luis is amazing! I had an attorney previous to Luis and nothing seemed to bet getting accomplished. My life was extremely stressful feeling as though even after been divorced 5 years earlier (we were not on speaking terms with a son and a marital home still to sell) I felt as though we were still battling constantly. Life felt rough! Luis and his team have been a godsend to me and my family!! Since being with Luis he has not only defended me but he also listens to my concerns and reassures me we will get through this together and HE DOES! He is true to his word! His entire staff is courtesy and professional! Barbara and TJ, I give 5 stars to also!! I will never have any other attorney!! Go meet them, I guarantee you will feel the same way also! Thank you Luis for everything!
Posted by anonymous
I hired Luis after extensive research and several consultations with other attorneys. I was not disappointed. Luis was incredibly compassionate and understanding about the circumstances I was facing. He was the first attorney I spoke with who gave me hope that the divorce and custody outcome I desired was possible. He encouraged me and challenged me to do things that would not only help me prepare for my case but that would help me to overcome past trauma and become a better parent and overall human being. In a recent meeting to discuss an award at work that I am to receive at a national conference later this fall, my boss was commenting on just how much she had noticed both my personal and professional growth over the past several years. I know in my heart that a huge part of that can be attributed to Luis. His advice and recommendations during our two plus years together as attorney-client have helped to mold and shape me into a stronger, more confident version of my former self. When I have told people my story, their first reaction is often one of shock or pity. I quickly jump in to correct them. While I wouldn't knowingly choose to go through what I went through again, I wouldn't change the outcome for anything in the world. A large part of that outcome can be attributed to Luis and his fabulous team. I not only consider Luis a fabulous attorney, I consider him now a friend. Divorce and custody battles are never easy. But you have a choice of who you want to walk with you through the process and stand beside you in court. I wholeheartedly recommend adding Luis to your team. It is the best investment you will ever make for yourself, your children, and your future.
Posted by Matt Gierden
Luis Insignares has been my attorney for over a decade. He not only managed my divorce in 2005, he later followed through and helped me with a custody issue in 2015. He never left, he was not just about the money and fully supported me from beginning to end. When times were tough, hectic and very stressful, Luis showed me his true talent in helping me cope with my issues, but he also gave me the comfort and common sense advice that I needed. I highly recommend him to anyone that is in need of an attorney for their divorce or those difficult custody situations. If anyone needs further information, I am available anytime at (239) 229-5829.
Posted by anonymous
Luis was very supportive, understanding and caring of my situation.
He stood by my family and followed through to the end. His entire staff and team was all there to support us as we went through this trying season in life. I was blessed to have him as my lawyer.
He was organized, prepared and always on time. He tried his best to explain confusing legal terms to me. Luis is not just a paper pusher and you are not just another file on his desk.
Posted by Debbie
I cannot express the outstanding level of knowledge and professionalism Mr Insignares and his staff exhibit. He is a realistic attorney able to uphold morals and represented my best interest all along. His Appellate skills are phenomenal, leading to a victory of our appeal.
I cannot say enough about him, his skills and knowledge of Family Law. I consider myself blessed to have had him represent me and prevail in the best interest of my son.