North Palm Beach, Florida Family Lawyers

Jared Chaykin
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Florida Family Law Attorney

Jared Chaykin, Esq. is the founding shareholder of Chaykin Law Group, P.A. Jared focuses his practice on family law and related litigation. Prior to founding Chaykin Law Group, P.A., Jared interned with the Fair Housing,... Read More »
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Alan Robert Burton
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Free Consultation! Determined Family Law Attorney! Decades of Experience!

I am an experienced and focused family law attorney. I am dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of those with family legal matters! Visit my website to see client reviews or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Livia Chaykin
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Florida Family Law Lawyer

Livia Chaykin, Esq. focuses her practice on divorce and family law litigation. Prior to joining Chaykin Law Group, P.A., Livia began her practice at a large national law firm, where she handled a range of litigation... Read More »
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Heather Schwartz Karmeris
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Florida Family Law Lawyer

Heather S. Karmeris is the founder of Heather S. Karmeris Law, P.A. The focus of her practice is family and marital law matters with offices in West Palm Beach serving Palm Beach County, Martin County, Saint Lucie... Read More »
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John Chalif
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(561) 820-9488 2401 PGA Blvd - Suite 260
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Georgetown University Law Center
Divorce/Family Law attorney and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator with over 31 years experience. AV Preeminent Attorney, rated by Martindale Hubbell. Admitted to Practice in Florida, New York, and Washington DC. Advanced second law degree from Georgetown, with a focus on Dispute Resolution. Please call for a Consultation today.
Elaine Michelle Simon
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(561) 459-8400 4440 PGA Boulevard
Suite 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family and Divorce
Widener University Delaware School of Law and Syracuse University College of Law
Elaine M. Simon founded a private practice law office focusing primarily on domestic relations and family law. The law office is located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, on PGA Blvd. about one mile west of Downtown at the Gardens and with immediate access to 95 and the Florida Turnpike. Elaine is a family law attorney and has been practicing law in Florida since 2000. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Johnson & Wales University and received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Syracuse University College of Law and received an Academic Excellence award. She received her Master of...
Jared Chaykin
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(561) 408-8789 4440 PGA Boulevard
Suite 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Miami School of Law
Jared Chaykin, Esq. is the founding shareholder of Chaykin Law Group, P.A. Jared focuses his practice on family law and related litigation. Prior to founding Chaykin Law Group, P.A., Jared interned with the Fair Housing, Foreclosure Defense, Educational Advocacy, and Elder Care Projects of the Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society. He also interned with the University of Miami Innocence Project, where he assisted inmates pursue innocence claims. Additionally, Jared interned with the 15th Judicial Circuit of Palm Beach County, Florida, and served as Research Assistant to Dr. Anita Cava, Co-Director of the University of Miami Business Ethics Program.

Jared...
Victoria Morales
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(954) 646-4292 800 Village Square Crossing
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Estate Planning
Florida International University College of Law
My goal is to bring peace and stability to the family in distress. I care about my client's welfare and peace of mind, extensively engaging in client interviewing, and in the continuous relationship with the clients throughout the life of the case, and their legal needs. I manage chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, debt settlement and foreclosure defense. I also handle family law proceedings, wills and trusts, and general litigation.
Livia Chaykin
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Wellington, FL Family Law Lawyer
(561) 408-8779 12161 Ken Adams Way
Suite 110-AA
Wellington, FL 33414
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Miami School of Law
Livia Chaykin, Esq. focuses her practice on divorce and family law litigation. Prior to joining Chaykin Law Group, P.A., Livia began her practice at a large national law firm, where she handled a range of litigation matters, including commercial and civil litigation as well as family law matters.

During law school, Livia served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Laurel M. Isicoff at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. Livia also served as an intern for the Miami Law Innocence Clinic, where she assisted inmates pursue wrongful conviction appeals.

A second-generation Florida native, Livia...
Patricia Harris
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North Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(561) 844-3338 631 US Highway One
Suite 308
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Florida
EXPERIENCED DIVORCE LAWYER PALM BEACH GARDENS & NORTH PALM BEACH, FLORIDA THE LAW OFFICE OF PATRICIA D. HARRIS SPECIALIZES IN ALL ASPECTS OF DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW. MS. HARRIS BELIEVES THAT DIVORCE IS A TIME OF TRANSITION AND NEW OPPORTUNITY. SHE HAS AVAILABLE A TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING THERAPISTS, PARENTING COORDINATORS AND ACCOUNTANTS TO SUPPORT CLIENTS DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD. Patricia Harris has practiced law in South Florida for more than 20 years. With a background as a financial planner, Ms. Harris is uniquely qualified to help her clients prepare for their financial futures while negotiating the...
Mr. Erskine Clark Rogers III
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(561) 683-2300 3399 PGA Blvd
Suite 300
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family, Business, Collections and Divorce
University of Miami School of Law
Grant Gisondo
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(561) 530-4568 500 Village Square Xing Ste 103
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Nova Southeastern University
Kyle Michele Caparosa
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North Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
636 U.S. Highway One
Suite 209
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Family, Business and Divorce
University of Miami School of Law
Matthew Lane
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer
(561) 651-7273 The Financial Center at the Gardens
3801 PGA Boulevard, Ste. 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Northwestern University School of Law
We are skilled divorce and child custody attorneys dedicated to professional excellence. We handle divorce, child custody, modification of custody, relocation, alimony, modification of alimony, and division of assets cases.

Additionally, we handle medical malpractice, physician malpractice, hospital malpractice, pharmacist malpractice, nursing malpractice, dental malpractice, chiropractor malpractice, therapist malpractice and wrongful death cases.
Mrs. Lise L Hudson
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(561) 472-0805 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600A
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Lise Hudson is a native of Palm Beach county, Florida. After graduating law school, she returned to South Florida to begin practicing law in 1988 with one of the State’s most iconic firms: Montgomery, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley. Having successfully litigated a number of complex commercial and personal injury cases, Ms. Hudson decided to launch her own firm in 1994, The Law Firm of Lise Hudson, PLLC, and incorporate marital and family law into her existing civil litigation practice. Today, Ms. Hudson assists clients with cases of all degrees of complexity including cases focused on children, forensic valuation...
Nia Johnson
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(561) 832-1001 3801 PGA Blvd
Suite 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of Florida
Kenneth M. Gordon
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North Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(561) 676-0034 525 Northlake Blvd.
Suite 1
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Family, Civil Rights, Divorce and Domestic Violence
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KENNETH M. GORDON

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Kenneth M. Gordon was born and raised in Palm Beach County and graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School. Shortly after graduating high school, he joined and served in the United States Navy. While serving his country overseas, he was awarded numerous medals for his service during the first Gulf War including, but not limited to, the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

After his honorable discharge in 1993, Kenneth M. Gordon attended what is now known as Palm Beach State College where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor...
Jason Zapper
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer
(561) 627-3585 3300 PGA Boulevard, Ste. 570
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family
Florida State University - Panama City campus
Jason Zapper is an Associate Attorney in the Palm Beach Gardens Office where he concentrates his practice in community association law. He is specifically involved in the firm’s collections and foreclosure practice. Prior to joining the Jay Steven Levine Law Group, Mr. Zapper was an associate with a North Palm Beach law firm specializing in workers’ compensation and civil litigation.
Mary Michele Hudson
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer
(561) 225-3103 4440 PGA Blvd, Ste # 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Free ConsultationFamily and Criminal
Mary Michele Hudson, Esq. Attorney Mary Michele Hudson founded Maverick Law LLC., following a decade of providing forensic social work and paralegal services in the criminal defense and family law fields. Attorney Hudson has also served as a Court Appointed Capital Mitigation Specialist in death penalty cases for the State of Florida. As a life long advocate for at risk families, Attorney Hudson understands that criminal arrests and family law issues commonly effect the entire family and not just the individual parties named in the subject legal proceedings. Family focus, constant communication and collaborative problem solving are therefore the...
North Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(561) 775-9822 884 Highway 809
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Florida
Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(561) 625-6066 11380 Prosperity Farms Rd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family, Divorce, Health Care and Medical Malpractice
Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(561) 683-2300 3399 PGA Blvd Ste 300
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2804
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(561) 624-2110 3300 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family, Business, Civil Rights and Divorce
Palm Beach Gardens, FL Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(561) 832-5500 2701 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Family and Divorce
William Wallshein
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(561) 533-1221 1601 Forum Pl
#602
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationWest Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
I am William Wallshein, founder of the West Palm Beach law firm William Wallshein, P.A. I began my legal career in 1984, working as a prosecutor in the state attorney’s office in West Palm Beach.

In 1990, I left that position and founded this law firm. At that time, the firm focused on two areas of law: criminal defense and family law. Today, that focus remains. My firm and my staff are dedicated to helping the people of South Florida when they need it most.
Cheryl Fletcher
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(561) 507-5772 5725 Corporate Way
Suite 206
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Family, Divorce and Immigration
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

I am Cheryl Fletcher, and I started my law firm to serve people and protect their rights. When faced with a legal issue, many people feel overwhelmed because they do not fully understand their rights and how to protect them. I provide a clear head, exceptional research skills, and complete preparedness to help you through these difficult times.

I started my career as a legal researcher at one of the largest universities in Florida. I have also worked in different law firms, writing legal briefs, drafting motions, affidavits and legal memorandums, creating case plans, conducting depositions, and representing people before the...
Heather Schwartz Karmeris
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(561) 510-6043 515 N Flagler Dr
#P-300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Florida A&M University College of Law
Heather S. Karmeris is the founder of Heather S. Karmeris Law, P.A. The focus of her practice is family and marital law matters with offices in West Palm Beach serving Palm Beach County, Martin County, Saint Lucie County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Hillsborough and Orange County. Mrs. Karmeris is dedicated to litigating or facilitating conflict resolutions depending on the particular needs of the client.

Heather S. Karmeris was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2015 and to the Texas Bar as well as the United States District Court Southern District of Florida in 2016.Mrs. Karmeris gained extensive knowledge in all areas...
Nadia Phanco
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(561) 283-0250 500 S Australian Avenue, Ste 524
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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...
Georgia Newman
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(561) 296-1400 1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
Suite 1208
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Family and Divorce
University of Florida
Georgia T. Newman is a strong and aggressive advocate for her client’s rights. She prides herself on her accessibility to clients, knowledge of the law and positive results. Her practice is limited solely to marital and family law. Ms. Newman has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2014. Ms. Newman has an AVVO rating of 10 out of 10, which, according to the Avvo.com web site is “Superb”. She is a Florida Legal Elite member named by Florida Trend Magazine. The attorneys named as Legal Elite represent approximately...
James Stewart Cunha
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(561) 429-3924 250 S Australian Ave
Ste 1402
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Florida
James S. Cunha, Esq. is the Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of James S. Cunha, P.A. Mr. Cunha primarily focuses his practice on family and marital law. As a result of his background in Finance and Economics, Mr. Cunha has become a highly sought-after divorce and family law attorney in South Florida particularly in complex or high asset divorce cases involving asset valuation and alimony issues. Since the inception of his firm, Mr. Cunha has represented corporate executive officers, professional athletes, business owners, medical, legal and financial professionals, homemakers, working men and women–(or their spouses)–in divorce cases,...
Jessica Mishali
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(888) 808-2772 1615 Forum Place
Suite 3A
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Jessica Mishali is a resident of Boca Raton, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her main office is in West Palm Beach; she has an additional office in Fort Lauderdale. Jessica graduated, cum laude, from Touro Law School in 2006, where she was a research editor on the Law Review, A Research Assistant and a Teaching Assistant. She has worked in the Florida legal system ever since graduation. Jessica is currently with the Law Office of Stephen J. Press, a trusted and respected West Palm Beach law firm that has been skillfully advocating for its clients for...
Susan Winston
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(561) 670-9375 319 Clematis Street
Suite 614
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Miami School of Law
Susan Winston has been practicing law since October 2004 when she was admitted to the Florida Bar. She came to Florida from Virginia after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of William and Mary in 2001. Susan then went to the University of Miami School of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 2004. Susan began her legal career at the Office of the Public Defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit in 2004. In over six years at the Office of the Public Defender, Susan represented the indigent accused in...
Stephen J. Press
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(888) 808-2772 1615 Forum Place
Suite 3A
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationWest Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 47 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Timothy C. Nies
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Delray Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(561) 894-9862 55 SE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
My job is to produce solutions to my clients' problems. I am known for leaving no stone unturned when representing my clients in court.

From my first attorney position out of law school, I have been a litigator. I have fought for my clients' rights in court and at mediations.

A U.S. Army Ranger veteran, my experience in a special forces military unit developed and tested my leadership skills, and taught me to react smartly and quickly under pressure, but most importantly for clients. Today, I go to battle for my clients.

I am a past recipient of the “Best of...
Cyrus Kourush Toufanian
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(561) 628-6465 1500 North Dixie Hwy
Suite 204
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationFamily, Collections, DUI and Juvenile
DePaul College of Law
Christopher W Cook
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(844) 954-6652 515 N Flagler Dr., Suite P-300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationFamily, Employment, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Nova Southeastern University
I provide quality legal representation and advocate for the rights and best interests of my clients. I keep clients informed of processes and proceedings and cater to client’s emotions during and throughout litigation.
Nora Rotella
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(561) 571-0872 2994 S Jog Road
Suite D
West Palm Beach, FL 33467
Family and Divorce
St. Thomas University School of Law
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents. From a young age, they instilled in me the importance of education and hard work. I admire their sacrifice and it is my drive in helping others. I received my law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law and I am licensed in Florida at both the State and Federal levels. Before attending law school, I received my Bachelors from the University of Miami where I focused my studies in Finance and the Spanish language.

After graduation, I worked as an associate attorney at a prominent South Florida law...
Doreen Varela
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(561) 820-0811 311 9th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationFamily
Tulane University School of Law
Jack Brilliant Pugh
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(561) 689-5050 1655 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Thirty Years of practicing Family Law representing Children and Families through difficult times with compassion and understanding. I have represented clients throughout the State of Florida, from Key West to Brevard County with dedication and determination to seek a just result and protect the children at issue before the Courts of Florida.
Bruce Rosenwater Esq
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney
(561) 688-0991 1601 Forum Place
Suite 602
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Attorney Bruce S. Rosenwater was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a veteran attorney, having assisted Floridians for more than 20 years. Bruce founded and developed his law firm as a law firm for life. He developed the firm’s practice areas to span most, if not all of an individual’s and a family’s lifetime legal needs. He has distinguished his practice by willingly being a family’s lawyer and counselor throughout the various stages and circumstance of their lives, from owning a first home to unfortunately unavoidable disputes, business and real estate legal needs and even injury, probate and guardianship law....
Michael R Hanrahan
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney
(561) 835-1074 324 Datura St., Ste. 206
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Family and Criminal
University of Miami School of Law
Mr. Hanrahan has been practicing law in West Palm Beach for more than 20 years. If you have a criminal or family issue, please email or call immediately. Most emails will be answered upon receipt during normal business hours, however a slight delay will be experienced during evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Do not hesitate to contact me regarding ANY legal issue. If I am unable or unwilling to assist you, I should at the very least be able to help send you in the right direction. Remember, legal issues should not be ignored. Email me at michaelhanrahan@mac.com Call...
Jeffrey Lampert
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(561) 333-0188 1615 Forum Place
Suite 4-B
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Emma Braun Keller
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(561) 207-2088 1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
Suite 1200
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Stetson University College of Law
Elizabeth Anne Ermel
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West Palm Beach, FL Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(561) 360-3864 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.,
Suite 313
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Family, Foreclosure Defense and Real Estate
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North Palm Beach Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Florida Rural Legal Services
(561) 820-8902
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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.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.