Orange Park, Florida Family Lawyers

Judy Ann Smith
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Florida Family Law Attorney

Judy-Ann Smith, BSN, MS, JD, RN, LHCRM. My passion as an attorney is being able to help people. When I help people resolve their legal issues that is the most rewarding aspect of the work I do. I also have an empathetic... Read More »
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Joy Owenby
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Orange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience

Attorney Joy Owenby serves clients throughout Florida with aggressive and relentless representation for a wide-range of practice areas. While her knowledge and experience are extensive, Attorney Owenby particularly... Read More »
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Holli Dean Esq.
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Dedicated to Protecting Clients and Their Children

Our firm maintains an experienced Jacksonville Family Law Lawyer practicing throughout Northeast Florida. We provide clients cost effective, aggressive and responsive representation in all Family law matters. Read More »
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Jennifer M. Erlinger
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Personable, Experienced Family Law Attorney dedicated to your best interest.

Jennifer Erlinger is an experienced attorney in the areas of family and criminal law, who prides herself on providing clients with aggressive representation to protect and enforce their legal rights. Read More »
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Joy Owenby
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Orange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(904) 263-5759 2301 Park Avenue, Suite 404
Orange Park, FL 32073
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Florida Coastal School of Law and Florida State University
Attorney Joy Owenby serves clients throughout Florida with aggressive and relentless representation for a wide-range of practice areas. While her knowledge and experience are extensive, Attorney Owenby particularly handles matters involving divorce, adoption, trusts / wills, probate, bankruptcy, criminal defense, child support, and family law. Over the course of the years, she has obtained much recognition and has become an accomplished lawyer with an Avvo Rating. Prior to the founding of Owenby Law, P.A., Attorney Owenby serves as legal counsel for Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program. During this time, she explored the intricacies of family law which have allowed...
Markus A. Sermons
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(904) 541-6492 1857 Wells Road
Suite 218
Orange Park, FL 32073
Free ConsultationOrange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
Family, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Florida Coastal School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law
Markus A. Sermons, Esquire is a litigation attorney focusing in the areas of Probate, Guardianships, Divorce, and other Family Law issues, along with Trust Litigation, and general Civil Litigation. Prior to starting Sermons Law, PLLC, he spent several years in the Office of the Public Defender litigating criminal matters in the Juvenile and Felony divisions, but began his law career with the Office of the State Attorney as a Legal Trainee. With countless hearings and many jury and bench trials to his credit, Mr. Sermons has extensive courtroom experience.

Additionally, Mr. Sermons has also worked with...
David Nilson
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Fleming Island, FL Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(904) 321-9605 By appointment only: 1845 Town Center Blvd., #240
Fleming Island, FL 32003
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Florida
Ronald Joseph Davis II
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Orange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(904) 278-4044 165 Wells Road, Suite 104
Orange Park, FL 32073
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Miami School of Law
Ron has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court, where he has tried hundreds of cases involving felony and misdemeanor crimes, personal injury, medical malpractice, and family law. The extent of his litigation skills is ever apparent when he is representing your case in court.
Ron came to Northeast Florida in 2001 moving his family and practice from Miami to Jacksonville, and he has never looked back.
Ron began his legal career as an insurance defense attorney, giving him a unique perspective on how the "other side" thinks. This insight gives him an advantage when he begins to...
La'Rae Holling Hendrix
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Orange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(904) 278-4044 165 Wells Road
Suite 104
Orange Park, FL 32073
Family, Criminal and Probate
Amber Jill Hines
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Orange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(904) 375-1286 1857 Wells Rd., Ste. 212
Orange Park, FL 32073
Family
Lisa A Dasher
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Orange Park, FL Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(904) 866-0268 PO Box 66025
Orange Park, FL 32065
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Fleming Island, FL Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(904) 395-5115 1835 East West Parkway
Suite 17
Fleming Island, FL 32003-5311
Family, Business, Divorce and Education
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
Orange Park, FL Family Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(904) 269-9930 1279 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, FL 32073
Family and Divorce
Orange Park, FL Family Law Attorney
(904) 278-5200 1409 Kingsley Ave
Orange Park, FL 32073
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Charlie Douglas
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Florida Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience

University of FloridaFlorida
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Gary T.J. Bryant
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Florida Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience

University of FloridaFlorida
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Fleming Island, FL Family Law Lawyer
(904) 215-3800 414 Old Hard Road Suite 501
Fleming Island, FL 32003
Family
Orange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(352) 873-2974 1725 Cross Pines Dr
Orange Park, FL 32003
Family and Divorce
Orange Park, FL Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(904) 278-4044 165 Wells Rd
Orange Park, FL 32073
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Orange Park, FL Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(904) 541-1252 414 Old Hard Rd
Orange Park, FL 32003
Family and Divorce
Paola Parra
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(904) 900-1617 6810 St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Having been an Attorney for 20 years, Paola Parra Harris started out in Macon Georgia, before moving to Jacksonville. While in Jacksonville she met and married her Husband Robert and was an attorney at the Harris, Guidi, Rosner, Dunlap, Rudolph Law Firm in Jacksonville Florida before striking out on her own in 2016 to form Parra Harris Law.
Jeanine Beard Sasser
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(904) 384-2999 3955 Riverside Ave., Ste. 204
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Florida
We specialize in helping persons who are going through transitions which involve court actions because of divorce, family disputes, business disputes, criminal allegations and probate actions. We proactively help people and businesses plan for the future through wills, guardianships, trusts, incorporation and business planning. In addition, part of our practice helps persons qualify for disability income. Jeanine's background in criminal and family trials, mediation and economics is part of the experience that she uses to help persons secure their financial and emotional futures for themselves, their families and their businesses. Jeanine is a North Florida...
Cindy L. Lasky
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(904) 399-1644 2950 Halcyon Ln #305
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Jacksonville family law attorney Cindy Lasky offers advice and representation in the following matters: - Divorce and legal separation - Complex property division problems in divorce cases - Military divorce - Alimony and modification of alimony obligations in cases of cohabitation - Child custody and visitation rights - Child support in divorce and paternity cases - Parenting classes ordered in divorce cases - Florida relocation issues after divorce - Modification and enforcement of family court orders - Paternity and fathers' rights of access to their children - Grandparent and relative custody as an alternative to foster care or juvenile...
Michael Alexander Tupper
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(904) 270-9684 4575 St. Johns Ave. Ste 3
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
When you hire an attorney, you deserve caring and compassionate service from a competent professional. You also deserve solid, timely advice from someone you can trust. Finally, you deserve a zealous advocate that is prepared to represent your interests.

Attorney Michael Tupper is uniquely positioned to become your trusted legal adviser and advocate.

Experience:
Licensed to practice in the State of Florida since 2004.
Years of experience in the courtroom and numerous non-jury trials.
Experienced appellate advocate.

Admitted to Practice:
Supreme Court of the State of Florida (2004)
U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida (2013

Education:
Graduate of...
Barry W. Kaufman
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(904) 348-5669 11250 Old St Augustine Rd
Suite 15116
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Family, Business, Collections and Divorce
Florida Coastal School of Law
Gerald Laverne Wilkerson
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(904) 384-8200 4611 St. John's Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Family and Divorce
Sung H. Lee
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Florida Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience

Georgia State University College of LawFlorida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
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Alyssa C. Shorstein
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Florida Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience

The University of Florida Levin College of LawFlorida, Florida Middle District Bankruptcy Court, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Florida Southern District Bankruptcy Court and U.S. District Court, Southern District Court
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David M. Goldman
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(904) 685-1200 3733 University Blvd W
#212B
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Free ConsultationJacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Florida Coastal School of Law and University of London
Firm works with Asset Protection, Estate Planning, Wills, & Trusts, Probate, Jacksonville Foreclosure Defense,Employment, Criminal Law, DUI, Elder Law Guardianship, Gun Trust, NFA Firearms, NFA Trust, Gun rights, Probate, Probate Litigation, Trusts, Trust Litigation. Licensed in Texas and Florida
A. James Mullaney III
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(904) 858-4334 4741 Atlantic Blvd.
Ste. A-1
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
You should consider speaking with a divorce lawyer before becoming involved in any family law case. The common issues that are handled by a divorce lawyer include divorce, child support, relocation, time sharing (visitation) and alimony. You will have a much easier time as these issues are resolved and you will tend to get more positive results by hiring a divorce lawyer. Unlike some other firms, when you hire Mr. Mullaney as your divorce lawyer, you get him as your attorney - not an associate with far less experience. The broader category of Family Law encompasses a wide...
David Alan Wolf
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(904) 500-9653 100 N Laura St
#702
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
Family, Divorce, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Florida
I am an attorney, author, and advocate. For the past 27 years, I have dedicated my practice to the representation of injury victims and their families. My clients have ranged in age from infants to one client who was 106 years old. Throughout the State of Florida, I have represented clients and guided them through the challenges of an injury case. From intake through conclusion, I am there for my clients. My firm's motto is On Your Side - At Your Side. This is a simple and powerful motto that puts the client...
Christopher M Taylor
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(904) 339-5298 1054 Kings Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Metropolitan State College of Denver
From an early age I wanted to practiced law. I studied pre-law as an undergraduate and earned my Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. I'm passionate about the practice of family law because it gives me the opportunity to assist people through a difficult time in their life. For more information about me, please click the link on this Justia profile to my website.
Judy Ann Smith
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(904) 562-1369 1301 Riverplace Blvd
Suite 800
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Nova Southeastern University
Judy-Ann Smith, BSN, MS, JD, RN, LHCRM.

My passion as an attorney is being able to help people. When I help people resolve their legal issues that is the most rewarding aspect of the work I do. I also have an empathetic and compassionate side and I am willing to listen to my clients’ issues, to get a deeper understanding of what they would like to achieve and accomplish. Most importantly, I am an assertive advocate for all my clients and I will fight for what is fair and just according to the laws of the land.

Legally, I have successfully...
Heather Brooke Quick
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JACKSONVILLE, FL Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(904) 241-0012 4312 Pablo Professional Ct
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32224
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Stetson University College of Law
Heather Quick is the founder and CEO of the Florida Women's Law Group located in Jacksonville, Florida. By offering family and marital law services specifically for women, Florida Women's Law Group works in a consistent and reliable way to advocate for women in the divorce process. The firm educates and empowers women on their rights and the law, so they can find the strength to endure the process and end up better financially and emotionally. The firm has been recognized as the Best Gender-Focused Family Law Boutique - Southern USA by Acquisition International and is ranked number 45...
Charles Edward Willmott
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(904) 358-7818 425 North Liberty Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Military
New England Law | Boston
According to Mr. Willmott: "For almost twenty years, my philosophy as a divorce lawyer has been to take care of the client as if they were family and to offer emotional as well as affordable legal support to families in their time of need. Further, my goal is to help provide amicable resolutions in divorces while at the same time aggressively protecting my client's rights."
Glorian Maziarka
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(904) 800-6767 1010 East Adams Street
Suite 220
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Family, International and Personal Injury
St. Thomas University School of Law
Glorian Maziarka, Esquire, is an attorney practicing in Jacksonville, Florida. Originally from Puerto Rico, Ms. Maziarka graduated with honors from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Prior to entering the legal profession, Ms. Maziarka was a mental health counselor and an activist in the rights of the homeless and ex-offenders. Ms. Maziarka graduated with honors from St. Thomas University Law School. Ms. Maziarka has practiced business and international law with a Miami-based law firm, and most recently has practiced family law, foreclosure defense, criminal law, personal injury and civil litigation in North Florida. Ms. Maziarka’s...
Charlie Douglas
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 705-5457 10245 Centurion Parkway, North
Suite 103
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Family, Business, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Heather Lee Mayer
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(904) 330-0289 3115 Spring Glen Rd.
Suite 502
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida Coastal School of Law and Lindenwood University
Samantha Valentine Ellis
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Florida Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience

Florida Coastal School of LawFlorida
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Dennis Guidi
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(904) 777-7777 1837 Hendricks Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Admitted to Florida Bar; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court; Assistant State Attorney, Office of the State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit; Director of Felony and Misdemeanor Prosecution Departments.
Christopher LoBianco
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(800) 705-5457 10245 Centurion Parkway North, Suite 103
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Family and Divorce
Florida State University College of Law
FAMILY & DIVORCE ATTORNEY IN JACKSONVILLE, PALATKA, & ST. AUGUSTINE

After spending his early childhood on Long Island, New York, Mr. LoBianco moved to Hernando County, Florida with his loving parents and two younger siblings. Upon graduating high school, with honors, Christopher attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science, minoring in communication and public administration, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Before returning to Florida State University to attend the top 50 nationally ranked College of Law, Mr. LoBianco took a long-term substitute position for a third grade class at the Elementary School he once attended....
Patrick Korody
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JACKSONVILLE, FL Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(904) 383-7261 118 W. Adams Street
Suite 500
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32202
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Military and Personal Injury
Ohio State University - Columbus
Attorney Patrick Korody spent 10 years on active duty in the Navy JAG Corps, where he served as a military and federal prosecutor, military defense counsel, and crime victims' rights attorney. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 where he presented cases to Iraqi judges in Iraqi courts. He served as the special victims' prosecutor for the Navy in the Northwest Region of the United States and received advanced litigation and trial training through the military. He used his experience, service, and training to achieve outstanding results for his clients as a civilian attorney.
Andrew Taylor Morgan
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St. Johns, FL Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(904) 342-8340 2245 County Road 210 West
St. Johns, FL 32259
Family, Criminal and Divorce
Florida Coastal School of Law
Former Assistant State Attorney turned Criminal Defense and Family Law attorney with the law office of CANAN LAW. While with the State Attorney’s Office Andrew was a lead trial attorney prosecuting life, first, second and third degree felonies. Prior to law school Andrew obtained his Masters in Business Administration from Winthrop University. Andrew Morgan was also nominated and selected as a Rising Star Attorney by Super Lawyers for his achievements in the area of Family Law.
Jennifer M. Erlinger
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(888) 962-4453 100 N Laura St
#702
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Stetson University College of Law
Jennifer Erlinger moved to Jacksonville in 2009, after growing up in the Tampa Bay area. Ms. Erlinger received her Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Florida. She went on to achieve both her Juris Doctor, where she focused her study on Trial Advocacy, receiving a Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy for the top ranked advocacy center of Stetson College of Law. She also received her Master's in Business Administration from Stetson University. Prior to joining Wood, Atter, & Wolf, Ms. Erlinger has worked as an Assistant State Attorney, Assistant Attorney General both in child support enforcement and in the...
Anthony W. Chauncey
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(877) 315-5107 301 W. Bay Street
Suite 14161
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Traffic Tickets
Florida Coastal School of Law
Anthony “Tony” Chauncey practices in the areas of Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, Criminal Defense, Traffic Citations, Family Law, and Personal Injury. Mr. Chauncey has counseled clients in many areas of the law including representation of numerous individuals and business entities in transactional and litigation proceedings in Florida’s state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. Mr. Chauncey has helped thousands of clients achieve a fresh start financially using the federal bankruptcy laws. He is experienced in Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 under the Federal Bankruptcy Code. His criminal practice includes the defense of clients accused of crimes such as DUI, traffic offenses, drug...
Steven Leitman
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(904) 348-6723 4651 Salisbury Rd
Suite 479
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Family and Divorce
University of Florida
Thank you for viewing my profile. I am a family law attorney in Florida who primarily represents clients in uncontested and contested dissolution of marriage actions. I also handle paternity and post dissolution modification and enforcement actions involving custody and visitation (now called time sharing), child support and alimony. With 18+ years of courtroom experience, I am able to prepare and present a client's case for trial. However, the goal of my firm is to settle cases without litigation and without unnecessary costs to the client. As both a practicing lawyer and former Supreme Court Certified Mediator, I have seen firsthand the...
Christopher Thomas Wilson
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(904) 777-7777 1837 Hendricks Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Free ConsultationFamily and Criminal
University of Florida
I am a Jacksonville native. I have lived here all of my life except for seven great years in Gainesville attending the University of Florida. I moved back right after graduation from law school and have resided in the San Marco area ever since. My law firm is also located in San Marco.

My personal interests include Major League Baseball, Gator football, golf, WWII history, backgammon, tennis, the greatest rock band in the world: Pearl Jam, and NASCAR races.

On the professional side, I enthusiastically practice criminal defense and have a busy family law practice. I...
Alyssa C. Shorstein
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St Augustine, FL Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(904) 829-3035 305 Kingsley Lake Dr
#701
St Augustine, FL 32092
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
The University of Florida Levin College of Law
Cydney Bulger
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Jacksonville, FL Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(904) 608-3694 2120 Corporate Square Blvd
Suite 17
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Florida Coastal School of Law and The University of Georgia School of Law
Cydney Bulger is the Managing Partner of The Bulger Firm, a Jacksonville law firm focusing on family law. Cydney began her career as an attorney for the State of Florida, prosecuting cases of child abuse and neglect. Cydney then entered private practice, where she exclusively practiced family law. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, where she was elected treasurer of the Family Law Society. During law school, she interned at the Office of the Public Defender and the...
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Orange Park Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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Jacksonville, FL


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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.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

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