Sarasota, Florida Family Lawyers

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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience

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Robert Hoffman
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(941) 323-9547 1990 Main Street, Suite 750
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Criminal and Divorce
New York Law School
I am a practicing attorney with over twenty-seven years experience in Florida and New York. I currently actively litigating family law cases including modification of alimony, domestication of a foreign decree and dissolution of marriage cases. Additionally, I am appearing as local counsel for Plaintiff’s in debt collection, mortgage foreclosure and insurance subrogation cases. I previously served as a Child Support Hearing Officer/Magistrate for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Bradenton, Florida.
Matthew Z. Martell Esq.
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(941) 556-7020 1990 Main St.
Suite 750
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Akron School of Law
I have 25 years experience in the legal field as a law clerk, judicial clerk, legal intern and attorney. Since 2000, I've had my own private law practice which has been a general law practice in the past. In the last several years, I have limited my practice areas to certain legal fields. Now approximately 95% of my practice is focused on divorce and family law.
Paul Michael McDermott
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(941) 225-2550 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34240
Family and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
Paul M. McDermott, Esq., practices exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law. He has experience in litigation, mediation, and collaboration. After practicing law in Virginia for many years as a trial lawyer, he relocated to Florida and founded McDermott Law Offices, PLLC and now practices exclusively in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida, which includes Manatee County and Sarasota County.

Mr. McDermott is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. He is also trained in Collaborative Divorce Law, an emerging field within the Alternative Dispute Resolution realm focused on resolving cases with a "team" approach...
Jeana Vogel
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(941) 538-6160 6151 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida Coastal School of Law
Leslie Wulfsohn Loftus
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(941) 444-7278 783 S. Orange Avenue
Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family and Divorce
The John Marshall Law School
Ms. Loftus offers a concierge approach to her clients. She begins with the assumption that each case calls for special handling, since no two family law cases are alike. After the initial consultation, she works with her clients closely, to provide them with a basic understanding of Florida family law proceedings. Ms. Loftus and the client are then able to work together to ensure that there are articulated, agreed-upon, legitimate and realistic goals. After the goals are established, Ms. Loftus provides her clients with a range of options designed to meet those objectives. She reviews the advantages and disadvantages of...
Allan Baily
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(941) 364-9997 46 N Washington Blvd, Suite 18
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Nova Southeastern University
Experience, Respect and Reputation in the community for over 19 years. Dedicated and Aggressive Trial Defense, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law/Divorce, Probate, Estate Planning and Guardianship cases. Member United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, July 17, 1998 Member United States Middle District of Florida, August 14, 1998 Member of Sarasota County Bar Association, 1998-2017 Founding Member and Board of Directors of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Sarasota/Manatee Graduated Nova Southeastern University, Juris Doctor, January 31, 1998 Associate Editor for Nova Southeastern University Journal of International & Comparative...
William Matthew Kowtko
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(941) 227-4945 1990 Main Street., Ste. 750
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
I am a native of central Georgia until I moved to Florida in 2011. While in Georgia, I attended Georgia Institute of Technology for Aerospace Engineering and obtained my degree in Business Administration and Business Economics from Georgia State University. After graduating from Georgia State in 2010, I moved to central Florida to attend Barry University School of Law, starting August 2011. In summer of 2012, I began an internship for a criminal defense attorney in Orlando, focusing on white collar defense. By late 2012, I was gaining experience family law matters and made the decision to shift...
Richard Weissfeld
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 54 years experience
(941) 726-2101 1444 First Street, Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
Originally from Buffalo, New York with an NY bar license still in effect, I have been living in Sarasota for the last 25 years. My Florida Bar license was obtained in 1978 and I have been practicing since then in the fields of personal injury and family law. I believe in settling cases with mediation when possible and saving clients both time and money whenever possible. I am a member of the Florida Justice Association and believe my motto of "Talk to a lawyer who cares " should be followed. My web page is www.divorcelawyersarasota.com where additional information including client...
Whitney Clay Coyne
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(941) 953-5333 1620 Main Street, Suite #6
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Criminal and Divorce
Florida State University College of Law
Whitney C. Coyne received his Juris Doctorate from The Florida State University College of Law in 2001. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2002 and during that time has had the opportunity to litigate thousands of cases.Coyne Law, P.A. is dedicated to zealously advocating on behalf of our clients. Attorney Whitney Coyne has been practicing in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for over 15 years. During that time, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge to assist his clients with any situation or need that has arisen due to their legal issues. Mr. Coyne began his career as...
Sean William Tobaygo
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(941) 404-8908 1266 First St.
Suite 9
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
Angela Davis Tobaygo
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(941) 404-8908 1266 1st Street, Suite 9
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Florida State University College of Law
I have been a resident of the Sarasota area for most of my life, attended Pine View School, and am fluent in Spanish. Upon obtaining my law degree, I knew I wanted to return to the Sarasota County area and started work immediately as an Assistant State Attorney in Sarasota County, where I worked as a misdemeanor and juvenile prosecutor for several years. Since leaving the prosecutor’s office, I have practiced in the areas of civil litigation, insurance defense, family law, domestic violence and criminal defense. My practice is focused on all aspects of the firm’s...
Joseph W Lehn
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer
(941) 487-7100 2398 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34237
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Joseph W. Lehn is a New York native who now practices in Sarasota, Manatee,Charlotte and Lee County. Joe received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of South Florida. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville. He received his LLM in Elder Law from Stetson University College of Law. Joe is the managing partner of Lehn Law, P.A with offices in downtown Sarasota and Port Charlotte, conveniently located on Tamiami Trail (41) by Toledo Blade. Joe is a...
Brenda Nelms
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(941) 925-9070 4801 Swift Road
Suite E
Sarasota, FL 34231
Family and Divorce
George Mason University School of Law
Daniel Nawara
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(941) 920-5514 1801 North Lockwood Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Family, Business, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Headquartered in Sarasota, Daniel D. Nawara, P.A., represents clients who have been criminally accused, injured as a result of negligence, or need business litigation and transactional services. This firm specializes in civil and criminal matters. I am dedicated to excellence in my representation of my clients. My goal is to provide cost-effective representation and high quality legal services. This firm's mission is professionalism to every case and to customize its support to your individual needs and concerns.

Our mission is to be the pulse of modern technology and the law, to have monitored evolution to inform our own legal approaches—all to...
Julie Ann Parker Esq.
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(941) 341-9774 551 N Cattlemen Rd
suite 106
Sarasota, FL 34232
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Kimberley A. Koester
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(941) 893-3449 1834 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Civil Rights, Health Care and Insurance Claims
Michigan State University College of Law
Kimberley joined Chapman Law Group in 2000 after spending several years handling complex Labor Relation claims. She focuses her practice on the defense of medical malpractice and Civil Rights (42 USC 1983) claims. Kimberley has successfully defended hundreds of claims brought on behalf of inmates within state and county correctional facilities. Over the years Kimberley developed an exceptional understanding of the interplay between Federal Civil Rights law and State tort actions such as medical malpractice. This knowledge enables her to quickly address the deficiencies of claims and promptly respond with the appropriate defense, often ending in immediate dismissal.
Richard John Cole
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(941) 365-4055 46 N Washington Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Divorce
John Cole has over 40 years of experience in bankruptcy ;aw and family law. His office is located in Sarasota Florida. In bankruptcy he has represented both individuals and companies assisting them in both Chapter 111 reorganizations and in liquidation proceedings under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He was a member of the Law Review at the University of Florida where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree with honors. Prior to law school he was an offcier in the United States navy and graduated from Auburn...
Erin Ann Itts Esq.
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(941) 341-9774 551 North Cattlemen Road
Suite 106
Sarasota, FL 34232
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Capital University Law School
Robert Allen Marble
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(941) 747-7000 677 N. Washington Blvd, Suite 40
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family and Divorce
Adam Bragg
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
1990 Main Street
Suite 725
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Capital University Law School
Gregory Anthony Zitani
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(941) 552-0373 4046 Sawyer Rd
Sarasota, FL 34233
Family, Business, Employment and Estate Planning
California Western School of Law
Elizabeth Ann Walch Esq.
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(941) 341-9774 551 N Cattlemen Rd
Suite 106
Sarasota, FL 34232
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Workers' Comp
Stetson University
Mark A. Sessums
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(941) 203-7151 2180 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Family, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
Tinley Marie Rudd
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(941) 951-6733 2127 Ringling Blvd,.
Suite 103
Sarasota, FL 34237
Family and Divorce
Edward Brian Sobel
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(941) 746-1203 4900 Manatee Ave W
Suite 206
Bradenton, FL 34209
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Emory University School of Law
For over 30 years Edward B. Sobel has provided specialized advice and representation for individuals involved in complex family law matters. Since 1991 he has been board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in marital and family law. His areas of practice include Florida and interstate divorce, jurisdictional issues, prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, domestic violence, paternity, parent, nonparent and grandparent child custody and timesharing, and alimony and child support. Mr. Sobel appears in original and modification cases. He has represented clients in numerous appeals, with many published opinions. His office is in Bradenton,...
James M Horne Jr
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Palmetto, FL Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
433 8th Ave W
Palmetto, FL 34221
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Florida International University College of Law
James “Jay” M. Horne is a Bradenton native. He handles all the medical malpractice cases for the office. Jay and his team of medical professionals can handle any complex medical malpractice case. He has handled cases involving Sudden Unexpected Postnatal Collapse (SUPC), misdiagnosis and misreading of MRIs and other diagnostic methods, which resulted in catastrophic injuries to the patient. In addition to handling medical malpractice cases, he practices personal injury/wrongful death and family law.
Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan
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Venice, FL Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(941) 799-3015 333 S. Tamiami Trail
Suite 298
Venice, FL 34285
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Stetson University College of Law
Managing Attorney of Bates-Buchanan & Savtisky Law Group since 2011 when the private law firm Bates-Buchanan Law Group, which is now Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group added Susannah Savitsky as a partner in October 2012. Specializes in Probate, Estate Planning, Trust Managment, Collaborative non- litigation family law cases, as well as animal trust planning, real estate and collections law, foreclosure defense, landlord/tenant law and bankruptcy. Dawn Marie is a graduate of Venice High School, Venice, FL and University of South Florida in Tampa. She graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1998 and worked for Community Legal Services of...
Mark Andrew Nelson
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(941) 750-8592 408 30th Street W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Stetson University College of Law
Mark Nelson is a third generation Florida lawyer. He was born in St. Petersburg Florida and moved to Bradenton Florida in 1987. He represents individuals, small businesses and large businesses primarily in civil litigation matters. In addition to being a licensed Florida lawyer, Mark Nelson is a Florida Supreme court certified circuit court mediator.
Paul Fleming Grondahl
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(941) 741-8224 3119 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Miami School of Law
Paul Grondahl is a Massachusetts native who has made Florida home for twenty years. He earned a business degree from Bryant University in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Miami in 1996. Paul is Vice-Chairman of the Manatee County Family Law Section and a member of the Florida Bar's Family Law and Trial Lawyers Sections. Paul began his practice in 1996 as a personal injury trial lawyer in West Palm Beach, where he spent many years trying cases on behalf of prominent insurance companies. He now utilizes that trial experience to represent victims of automobile and other...
Scott Alexander Martin
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(941) 748-4248 515 9th St. E.
Suite 206
Bradenton, FL 34208
Family, Divorce, Education and Estate Planning
University of Memphis
Robert Douglas Stein
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Palmetto, FL Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(941) 201-1224 4418 Emerson Point Drive
Palmetto, FL 34221
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Medical Malpractice
St. John's University School of Law
With more than 20 years of Florida & NY City experience as an attorney, I am dedicated to fight for your legal rights. My family law practice includes divorce, adoptions and custody disputes. My personal injury experience includes complex litigation including a variety of medical malpractice cases.

My business law experience includes contracts, franchise law; commercial leases; sales of business entities; and bulk asset sales. I have further expertise in residential real estate sales.

My virtual office and traveling legal practice allow me to pass savings on to my clients. This winning combination has resulted in highly satisfied clients,...
Sara Boeller
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Venice, FL Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(941) 800-4990 2190 Tamiami Trail South
Venice, FL 34293
Family and Divorce
Stetson University
When you are considering divorce, you should not settle for just another lawyer. At Boeller Law, P.A., a Venice divorce attorney offers compassionate and diligent counsel for a variety of family law matters that focuses on the client’s emotional wellbeing during difficult moments. The firm’s attorney is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator who also holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. The team draws on both experiences when serving clients—they aim to help clients navigate through a divorce emotionally intact. The firm is dedicated to removing the stress involved in contentious matters such as divorce....
John Dubrule
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(941) 209-1995 1023 Manatee Ave. West
Suite 310
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family
Boston University School of Law
I am a graduate of Boston University School of Law and have practiced in the area for over 35 years. I was formerly the Director of Litigation and supervisor of the Immigration Unit at Gulfcoast Legal Services.I have represented clients in all types of immigration matters, including family petitions, U-Visas cases, Removal of conditions, VAWA Self Petitions, Citizenship, Consular Processing, Application for Green Card, 601-A Waiver Applications, Asylum, Cancellation of Removal and Removal Defense.I also have experience filing immigration appeals in federal court.
i have been a speaker for AILA CFC annual conference and for FILIAA on immigration matters as...
Melissa Karp
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Venice, FL Family Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(941) 704-7727 871 Venetia Bay Blvd.
Suite 230
Venice, FL 34285
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
Florida State University College of Law
Melissa Karp Elsbree has lived in Sarasota since 1972. After graduating high school, she attended The American University in Washington, D.C., obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1983. Melissa subsequently earned her J.D. degree from Florida State University College of Law in December of 1990, immediately began her law practice in her hometown of Sarasota, and has practiced exclusively in Sarasota since that time. Formerly a partner of Karp & Karp, P.A., Melissa has longstanding experience in handling complex civil litigation matters, concentrated primarily in the areas of family law and divorce, foreclosure defense...
Patricia Carroll Fradley
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(941) 750-8002 435 12th St. W., Suite 217
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
John Paul Fleck
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(941) 749-1832 1111 9th Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Family, Appeals, Business and Estate Planning
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Laurie Elise Baker
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Bradenton, FL Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(941) 747-0888 515 9th St E
Suite 100
Bradenton, FL 34208
Family and Divorce
Erin Ann Itts
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Venice, FL Family Law Attorney
(941) 451-8074 355 West Venice Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
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Sarasota, FL Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(941) 329-6623 200 S Orange Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Sarasota, FL Family Law Lawyer with 57 years experience
(941) 955-4111 523 S Washington Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236
Family, Business, Divorce and Real Estate
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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.