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Experienced Family Law and Appellate Practice - Pensacola, Florida

Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Matrimonial Law, Military Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Visitation and Family Law Appeals.

Experience is very important when you are seeking representation in a family law matter. The decisions that will be made by you or made by the judge are decisions that will impact the rest of your life. These decisions often are the most important decisions you will ever make, especially if they involve your children.

Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to practice in family law and other related areas since 1987. More than 29 years of experience have given me the opportunity to develop a high level of knowledge and competence in all areas that involve family law, including family law appeals to both the Florida district courts and Florida Supreme Court.

I provide one of the most experienced appellate practices in the family law area. This appellate experience is beneficial to you as a client in two respects: (1) If your case requires an appeal, you can stay at this law firm and have experienced representation; and (2) Handling family law appeals, in addition to trial work, provides me with far more experience than an attorney who handles only trial level cases.

I routinely argue cases to the trial circuit courts in Florida, to the District Court of Appeal, and to the Supreme Court of Florida. Experience is important in all careers, but is more important when you are asking an attorney to help you make decisions that will guide your future. I dedicate my practice to handling each client with integrity and respect for their needs, goals, and objectives. This does not mean that I will always agree with you. In fact, a significant portion of my practice is education of the client to enable you to see that you may be proceeding down an incorrect path, or to enable you to simply have enough information to make an educated decision. You will be involved in your case and you will be required to work on your case. I approach each case with a team atmosphere and ask that the client care about the result as much as I care about the result. For that reason, you will often be asked to write summaries regarding the history of your family, complete documents, and simply answer questions. You will need to be prepared to be involved and communicative in order that I can learn about the circumstances of your life. It is important that you as a client remember that the attorney works with information. If you do not provide me the information, I cannot adequately and competently present your case to the judge.

I have experience in all areas of the family law case. This does not mean, however, that every case must go to trial. If we are able to resolve your case by discussion or mediation, I am more than willing to help to reduce your costs by eliminating the cost of trial. I will make every attempt to help you reach a satisfactory agreement without going to trial. If unable to do so, I have handled hundreds, if not thousands, of hearings and trials and will adequately prepare you so that you feel comfortable in that setting. The more information I can provide to you about the setting, the more likely you will feel comfortable and make a better presentation in front of the judge. Please keep in mind that my goal is at all times to benefit you and your family, especially the children. If I do not believe that litigation is the answer, I will tell you and we will work towards alternative methods.

In summary, I believe that a family law attorney is more than just an attorney. I will make every effort to understand you and to meet your needs. Please call my assistant at 850-462-3397 to schedule a consultation. A consultation fee for a one-hour appointment is $225 and will be applied towards the retainer, if you retain me. I look forward to hearing from you.