Dunedin, Florida Family Lawyers

Gina M. Girardot Esq.
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Exceptional Family Law Lawyer! Skilled and Aggressive Representation!

I am an experienced attorney that understands the complexities of family law. I aggressively fight for my clients’ rights and interests! Visit my website to see client reviews and testimonials, call for a consultation. Read More »
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Howard Iken
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Florida Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience

Attorney Howard Iken is the founder and managing partner of Ayo and Iken PLC, a law firm helping clients with divorce, custody, bankruptcy, criminal defense, and debtor defense. We have offices throughout Tampa Bay and... Read More »
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Lynette Silon-Laguna
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Providing Professional-Responsive-Effective Family Law Representation Since 1997

Issues affecting you are our top priority. Being sensitive to the emotional nature of the issues you face allow us to empathize with your situation so that we can provide an effective solution in your best interest. Read More »
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Kathy Czepiel George
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Dunedin, FL Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(727) 734-1010 1177 Main Street
Suite A
Dunedin, FL 34698
Family
St. Thomas University School of Law and University of South Florida
Kathy C. George graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminology from the University of South Florida in 1996. Ms. George graduated from St. Thomas School of Law in Miami, Florida. Ms. George has practiced exclusively in the Marital and Family Law arena in Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County, Florida. As a complement to the Marital and Family Law, Ms. George specializes in Family Law Appeals. Ms. George is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and a member of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. In 2004,...
Michael David Fluke
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Dunedin, FL Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(727) 793-9000 1022 Main Street
Suite E
Dunedin, FL 34698
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Duquesne University School of Law
Michael D. Fluke, P.A. is an A.V. rated law firm low volume practice handling serious Divorce and Family Law and matters. When you are dealing with matters of Custody, Alimony or Equitable Distribution, you may need to fight for your rights. Michael D. Fluke, P.A. is always ready to help you fight.
Lindsey Marriott
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Dunedin, FL Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(727) 734-1010 1177 Main St
Dunedin, FL 34698
Family and Divorce
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
Dunedin, FL Family Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(727) 733-0136 415 Plaza Dr
Dunedin, FL 34698
Family and Divorce
Gary E Williams
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(727) 619-1323 2629 McCormick Drive
Ste. 101
Clearwater, FL 33759
Family and Divorce
Stetson University College of Law
Since establishing The Law Firm for Family Law in 2005, Attorney Gary E. Williams has handled over 1,800 family law cases. He is a board certified specialist in marital and family law, and has earned an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. Whether you are filing for divorce or need assistance with a matter involving child custody or alimony, you can count on the professional service Attorney Williams will provide you with. To learn more about the representation offered by a Clearwater family lawyer, be sure to contact The Law Firm for Family Law.
William H. Beck
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Palm Harbor, FL Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(727) 942-8855 3202 Palm Harbor Blvd., Suite B
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Florida
William H. Beck was born December 28, 1971 in Arcadia, California. As a youth, Mr. Beck achieved the highest rank in Boy Scouts, the Eagle Scout, and spent two years in Europe where he learned to speak fluent German. After High School, Mr. Beck attended the National Polytechnic College of Science in Los Angeles where he specialized in Hyperbaric Medicine and received a Commercial Diving Certificate with a concentration on Advanced Dive Medicine in 1994. Mr. Beck worked as a Paramedic in Los Angeles County and served four years as a Fireman in the United States Navy Reserve...
Steven Brian Bartlett
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(727) 942-1000 28471 U.S. Hwy 19 N, St 505 C
Clearwater, FL 33761
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
University of Dayton School of Law
20 years of court room experience handling criminal, divorce, bankruptcy, family, foreclosure, and injury law cases in Clearwater, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, and all of Tampa Bay, Florida My name is Steve Bartlett and I am an experienced Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney who is not afraid to fight for my clients. Although many lawyers describe themselves as aggressive or fearless, I have a proven documented history of fighting against the powerful. You can read about some of my cases in the news section of this webpage. I have over 20 years of court room...
John F. McGuire
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(727) 446-7659 1173 N.E. Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Call us today and we’ll be happy to set up an appointment to discuss your legal needs. Put our team to work for you, and you will receive our guarantee of hard work and proven legal knowledge. In Clearwater and throughout the Tampa Bay area, contact McGuire Law Offices for all your legal needs.
K. Dean Kantaras
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Palm Harbor, FL Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(727) 781-0000 3531 ALT 19
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Family and Divorce
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Mary Ellen Borja
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Attorney with 51 years experience
(727) 791-9911 2454 North McMullen Booth Road
Suite 401
Clearwater, FL 33759
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York
David Lee Jones
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
2451 McMullen Booth Road, Suite 200
Clearwater, FL 33759
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Ky Koch
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(727) 446-6248 200 N Garden Ave
Suite A
Clearwater, FL 33755
Family and Divorce
Dean George Tsourakis
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(727) 785-2700 29605 US Highway 19 N
110
Clearwater, FL 33761
Family
Stephen D. Gregg
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(727) 531-8737 2629 McCormick Drive
Suite 101
Clearwater, FL 33759
Family, Appeals and Domestic Violence
I am the senior associate attorney at The Law Firm for Family Law. I am admitted to practice before all courts in Florida and Ohio, and the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. I am a member of The Florida Bar, The American Bar Association, The Pinellas County Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, The St. Petersburg Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
Jarica B. Cairns
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Largo, FL Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(727) 683-1472 801 West Bay Drive
Suite 713
Largo, FL 33770
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
University of Tulsa College of Law
Catherine Day Hult
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Largo, FL Family Law Lawyer
(727) 586-3306 10225 Ulmerton Road
Bldg #11
Largo, FL 33771
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Marital and Family Law Attorney serving Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Free consultation. Saturday morning appointments by request.
David Thorpe
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(727) 796-5600 3000 Gulf to Bay Boulevard #313
Clearwater, FL 33759
Family, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
Stetson University
David Thorpe is originally from the Detroit Michigan area, but since 1988 he has been a resident of Tampa, Florida. Mr. Thorpe has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 1997. Upon being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1997, Mr. Thorpe served as a federal law clerk to the judges in the Middle District of Florida. Afterwards he worked as assistance legal counsel for the Hillsborough County Sheriffâs Office. He is a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed and authorized to practice in all state courts in Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District...
Maria Kazouris Esq.
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Tarpon Springs, FL Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(727) 361-5809 623 E. Tarpon Avenue
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Maria is a native of Tarpon Springs, Florida and a graduate of Tarpon Springs High School. She also attended secondary school at the St. Nicholas Greek School where she was honored as a Lady's Philoptohos Fellowship recipient. She is bilingual in Greek. Maria received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida with a 3.86 GPA. She received her Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut. Maria received honors for Academic Achievement in Juvenile Law, Service to the Community and the Connecticut Title Insurance Company. Initially, Maria was a law clerk for...
Mr.  C. Todd Marks
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Tampa, FL Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(813) 490-5211 12029 Whitmarsh Lane
Tampa, FL 33626
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
George Mason University School of Law
Andrew Cody Emerson
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Largo, FL Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(727) 536-0022 801 West Bay Drive, Suite 702
Largo, FL 33770
Free ConsultationFamily, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Jaime Rodriguez Girgenti
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Largo, FL Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(727) 584-8182 161 14th Street
Largo, FL 33770
Family, Appeals and Divorce
University of Florida
Mark E. Schleben
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Lawyer
(727) 443-3600 1423 S. Fort Harrison Ave
Clearwater, FL 33756
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Lebron Free
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PALM HARBOR, , FL Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(727) 935-5259 4773 BERWYN COURT
PALM HARBOR, , FL 34685
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Jason M. Melton Esq.
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(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationSt Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
The Catholic University of America
Attorney Jason M. Melton, is a founding partner of Whittel & Melton, LLC, a full service law firm. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized, high-quality representation. We handle Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall, Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death, Employment, Unpaid Overtime, DUI, Criminal, Brain Injury, Divorce and all Family law issues and other related legal matters throughout the state of Florida.
Gale H. Moore
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Largo, FL Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(727) 584-2528 10410 Seminole Blvd., Suite 3
Largo, FL 33778
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Stetson University College of Law
At the Law Office of Gale Moore, we are dedicated to helping clients restructure their families privately and respectfully. We practice both litigation and out-of-court dispute resolution though over the course of time we have expanded our out-of-court practice focusing on collaborative divorce and family law, mediation and direct negotiations. We maintain this out-of-court practice because we strongly believe that family disputes should be resolved in a private conference room, not in a hostile and public courtroom environment. As a result we bring a more peacemaking approach to family law.

Prior to opening her private law...
Matthew Podolsky
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(800) 990-7763 2202 N. West Shore Blvd
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607
Free ConsultationTampa, FL Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Stetson University
Florida Law Advisers, P.A., is a full service law firm with concentrations in: Divorce, Bankruptcy, Family Law, Wage Garnishment, Child Custody, and Home Foreclosure Defense. We understand that clients need solutions to their problems, not overpriced legal fees. Our firm's mission is to deliver high quality legal representation at a reasonable cost.

Florida Law Advisers is well recognized both locally and nationally for our legal counsel, we are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and have been featured in publications throughout the country.

If you have a problem that requires legal representation, we may be able to help. Please...
Gary R. Jodat
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Tampa, FL Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(813) 225-7200 4315 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Personal Injury
Stetson University College of Law
Gary Jodat enjoys living in Sarasota with his wife, 2 younger children and their dog Drake, a Yorkshire Terrier. During leisure time, his family enjoys swimming, boating and the beach. The 3 older children attended Manatee County schools and are no longer at home. Gary R. Jodat is the founding attorney of Jodat Law Group, P.A. started in 1994. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1993 and his undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University. Fresh out of law school he was an Assistant Public Defender trying criminal, Juvenile...
Charis Campbell
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Pinellas Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(727) 362-1357 5030 78th Ave Ste. 13
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Free ConsultationFamily
Stetson University College of Law
Charis Campbell was born and raised in New Providence, Bahamas. In 2002, she moved to South Florida with her family to pursue an education that ultimately led to her career in the legal profession. Charis obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a major in Criminology and a minor in African Studies.

Charis obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law. While at Stetson, She worked at a full-service real estate firm gaining experience in foreclosure and title curative work assisting with the representation of major lending...
Lynette Silon-Laguna
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(813) 672-1900 1235 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Free ConsultationClearwater, FL Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Florida, College of Law
In January 1997, I founded the law firm of Lynette Silon-Laguna, P.A., now known as All Family Law Group, P.A. We are experienced and responsive attorneys concentrating in the areas of divorce, child custody/visitation/child support, stepparent and relative adoptions and name changes, as well as criminal defense, and consumer, personal bankruptcy.

Our objective is to provide professional and informed representation in the most expeditious and economical manner possible in consideration of each client's circumstances. Amicable settlement is the ultimate goal, if it is possible, to avoid the financial and emotional cost of litigation. Although we strive for an amicable resolution...
Ginger L. Dugan
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(813) 672-1900 1235 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
Ginger L. Dugan practices Family Law Litigation including: Adoption, Divorce, Child Custody, Time-sharing, Parental Responsibility, Child Support Modifications, Custody Modifications, Contempt, and all other aspects of family law.

Ms. Dugan earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature at Florida State University in 2003. In college she received numerous honors including Student of the Year, Literature Award, Campus Leadership Award, Student Government Award, STRIKE Award, and Who's Who Among American College Students.

Ms. Dugan received her Law Degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In law school, Ms. Dugan participated in the Summer Study Abroad program where she studied International...
Robert G. Whittel Esq.
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(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationSt Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Cambridge and University of Florida Levin College of Law
An experienced trial attorney, Robert Whittel provides his clients with strong, disciplined, results-oriented representation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. Robert graduated from both law school and the United States Merchant Marine Academy with honors, and served on the esteemed Florida Law Review. Before co-founding Whittel & Melton, a full-service law firm, Robert gained valuable experience in the court room both serving as a former prosecutor and representing large corporations in complex litigation and transactional matters. Robert is devoted to fighting for his clients’ rights. He handles all types of criminal...
Dominic Baccarella
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Tampa, FL Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(813) 348-9445 4144 N Armenia Ave
Suite #220
Tampa, FL 33607
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
Dominic J. Baccarella is a divorce and family law attorney and criminal defense lawyer. He has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating available for attorneys for legal ability and ethical standards. Prior to opening Baccarella & Baccarella, P.A., Mr. Baccarella worked as an assistant professor for the Legal Assistance program at Hillsborough Community college and as the Assistant State Attorney for the State of Florida. In 1989–1990, he was a certified contract advisor to National Football League (NFL) players. In addition to providing clients with zealous and thorough representation in divorce, family law and...
Christopher M. Klemawesch
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St. Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Family, Criminal, Employment and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Mr. Klemawesch's practice includes all aspects of criminal defense and personal injury in both State and Federal Court.

Prior to joining Whittel & Melton, Mr. Klemawesch worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, Florida, where he tried over seventy-five cases to juries, including cases involving homicide, hate crimes, sexual battery, weapons charges, and many other areas. He was a member of the Vehicular Homicide Squad, focused on the investigation and prosecution of severe DUI cases involving significant injuries and deaths.

Before working for the State of Florida, Mr. Klemawesch worked at several Florida law firms, practicing...
Roland D. Boyd III
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Clearwater, FL Family Law Attorney
(727) 538-7741 13575 58th St. N.
Suite 291
Clearwater, FL 33760
Free ConsultationFamily, Consumer and Divorce
Stetson University College of Law
Attorney Roland D. Boyd III went through his own divorce while in law school. This drove Roland to focus his study on family law and divorce. In 2019 Attorney Boyd began his own practice, Pinellas Family Lawyer, PLLC.
Gina M. Girardot Esq.
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St Petersburg, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Nadia Phanco
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Tampa, FL Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(813) 533-5555 5121 Ehrlich Rd., Ste 107-A
Tampa, FL 33624
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Florida Coastal School of Law
The Attorneys at Glenn and Phanco, P.A., practice solely in the area of Marital and Family Law and pride themselves on their mission to drive and change the legal industry, while providing first class service they know each client truly deserves. The Attorneys at Glenn and Phanco, P.A., understand the emotional turmoil and life changing circumstances surrounded in each family law case and are both passionate and compassionate in navigating through the legal processes that are tailored to meet each client's needs. If you are looking to hire an Attorney who genuinely cares about your legal affairs and will fight...
Kenneth L Foote
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Port Richey, FL Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(727) 844-0102 6521 Ridge Rd
Suite 4
Port Richey, FL 34668
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Stetson University College of Law and St. John's University School of Law
Kenneth L. Foote is a former Florida criminal prosecutor and New York City police officer with the auxiliary division. His prior experience as a Florida prosecutor is a benefit to all his clients. Whenever someone is accused of a crime, they are innocent until proven guilty. When we represent clients in criminal defense matters, we ensure the police follow all rules guaranteed under the law and that prosecutors prove their case beyond (and to the exclusion of) EVERY reasonable doubt. Kenneth Foote also focuses his practice on Divorce and Family Law. Whether you are seeking representation for Divorce,...
Marian Priest McCulloch
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Tampa, FL Family Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(813) 223-5351 202 S Rome Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Family and Divorce
Stetson University College of Law
Specialties: Divorces, Dissolution of Marriages,Collaborative Divorces, Premarital agreements, Marital Litigation; Family Law; Divorce Mediation; Modern Family planning, Family Mediation; Paternity; Post Divorce Modification, expert testimony Board Certified Marital & Family Law; AV preeminent; Featured in the Top 50 Woman Florida Super Lawyers 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014; Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers 2009; Florida Super Lawyers since 2006; Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Family Law since 2008; Tampa Bay Magazine's Top Lawyers in marital litigation, 2010: Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite in the area of Marital & Family Law, 2004-06; Former...
Christopher P. Arnold
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Tampa, FL Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(813) 223-5351 202 S. Rome Avenue
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33606
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Stephen Frederick Alexander
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Pinellas Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(727) 488-3892 4581 76th Ave N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Family and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Florida
www.goodfaithmediations.com - A Divorce & Family Mediator Serving the Greater Tampa Bay areas of Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee County. 727-488-3892 Stephen Frederick Alexander, Esq., our Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, will serve as your family mediator at your lawyer / attorney's office in the state of Florida in the cities that follow: Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Largo, Dunedin, Temple Terrace, Brandon, Palm Harbor, Plant City, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, Madiera Beach, Riverview, Sun City Center, Seminole, Treasure Island, Valrico, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, St Pete Beach, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Bellaire Beach, Bellaire, Safety Harbor, Lutz,...
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

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