My family law practice covers a broad range of the laws that govern families, marriage, and children. I am a Certified Family Mediator. I am a certified Guardian ad Litem. I am trained and practice in Collaborative Family Law. Additionally, my practice includes mental health law. I represent people involved in Baker Act and Marchman Act proceedings.
I represent people with issues that arise in the beginning of a legal domestic relationship, such as prenuptial agreements, paternity, stepparent adoption, and grandparent and extended family custody. And, I represent people with issues that arise as a relationship ends, such as divorce, equitable distribution, child custody and timesharing, child support, alimony, and domestic violence. Read More
Mediation is a confidential, informal and non-adversarial process with the objective of helping people in conflict to reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. Read More
Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative practice is an alternative approach to the traditional model of litigation. The parties, each represented by their own collaboratively trained attorney, commit to settlement without litigation by engaging in structured conferences to reach a settlement, often assisted by a neutral mental health professional and a neutral financial professional. Read More
A Guardian ad Litem is a court-appointed child advocate who speaks for the child in contested cases. The GAL is trained to investigate the claims and make objective recommendations to the court based on the child’s best interests. An Attorney ad Litem is a lawyer appointed by the Court to represent the child’s legal rights, such as issues involving the release of a child’s confidential records. Read More
Mental Health Issues
I represent people involved in proceedings under the Hal S. Marchman Act for assessment and treatment of a person allegedly abusing substances like drugs or alcohol. The Florida Mental Health Act known as the “Baker Act” provides for involuntary detention of people for mental health assessment and treatment. I also serve as a Guardian Advocate for people involuntarily committed for mental health services. A Guardian Advocate is a court appointed volunteer tasked with reviewing and consenting to medical or mental health treatment. Read More