Family lawyer, family attorney, family law firm, criminal lawyer, Sarasota County, Bradenton, Desoto, Pinellas, Manatee County, Florida.

1800 2nd Street, Suite 882, Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: 941-227-4945 | Hours: Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm

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From the moment an attorney-client relationship is formed between you and our firm, we begin formulating a case strategy based upon your individual needs and goals followed by immediately drafting your case documents to be filed with the Court or sent to an opposing side. Our offices will keep you well informed of all the deadlines, court hearings, any changes and or progress throughout the entire process of your case.


 It is always preferable for the parties in a family law case to settle their issues out of court. In Mediation , which is required by statute in all Florida family law cases, or in pretrial negotiations, one side does not necessarily "win" over the other; if each party is willing and able to negotiate and both parties have reasonable expectations, the parties will have an input in the ultimate outcome of their case. Mediation and pretrial negotiations are preferable as the outcome is controlled entirely by the parties and the costs to the parties is often substantially lower than taking a case to trial.


 In the event that you and the opposing party do not come to an amicable resolution outside of Court or in meditation, the ultimate outcome in your case will be made by the Judge. In a trial situation, preparation is key to obtaining the best resolution. Preparation for trial often includes taking depositions, preparing filings, working with experts (such as a Guardian ad Litem or financial experts), and preparing your witnesses for their testimony. Our firm stands prepared to litigate your case in your best interest at trial before a judge.

Many times reaching a settlement to complex family cases may require for both parties to receive thorough legal advice. Many of the terrible stories people have heard about divorces...

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When family law issues arise, they are often one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times in a person’s life. Often these matters devolve into legal disputes and can quickly consume...

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Most cases settle before or at mediation but there are some cases where the parties cannot reach an amicable resolution and some or all of the issues must be resolved by a judge...

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