At Vari & Associates, LLC our hope is that your Florida family law matter is resolved through non-adversarial means including negotiation, settlement, mediation or the collaborative family law process. However, our Miami-Dade County divorce lawyers understand that there are times when divorcing spouses, parents with time-sharing or child support disputes, or other family law parties simply cannot reach an agreement through the various alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options.
When choosing a family law attorney to represent you, you should ask that attorney what percentage of their practice is dedicated to family law, how many years have they been practicing family law, whether they are trained in any of the family law alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes and, in case your legal matter does not settle amicably, how many contested trials have they litigated in the specific areas of family law that are applicable to your FL family law matter.
In Miami-Dade County, once a Family Court action is filed and litigation is commenced, many family law cases are resolved through the mandatory process of mediation or through other ADR processes. The fact that so many Dade County family court cases are resolved through the use of a mediator or ADR is fantastic for the parties and their children; however, because there are only a limited number of contested trials, some Miami family law attorneys may lack the trial experience required if a settlement is not reached in a case.
Our Dade County Divorce Litigators' Experience
Attorney Lisa Vari spent 16 years of her career working in the family law field in Western Pennsylvania, primarily in the Allegheny County Family Court. Unlike the Florida court rules which implement mandatory mediation, the Allegheny County court system is primarily litigation driven and has few realistic options for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) of PA family law cases. As a former judicial law clerk, Ms. Vari had the opportunity to observe family court trials and discuss what worked and didn't work with her employer who was the Administrative Judge of the Family Court. Ms. Vari has also had 15 years of experience as a private attorney for Western PA family law clients under the litigation based PA court system. Attorney Vari has personally tried in excess of 500 issues involving equitable distribution (division of marital property), spousal support, alimony, paternity issues, child support, child custody including requests for shared or equal parenting time and requests for relocation, grandparent visitation and custody cases, custody and child support cases involving same-sex couples, a divorce involving a transgendered client, juvenile dependency cases, termination of parental rights issues, step-parent adoptions and change of names for adults and minors. Attorney Vari has handled clients' matters involving initial requests for relief as well as requests for modification and appeals to the appellate courts.
In 2004 alone, Ms. Vari litigated 14 contested child custody cases in 5 different Pennsylvania counties. Attorney Vari is experienced in working with custody evaluations from court-appointed and privately retained child psychologists. Other experts that Ms. Vari has elicited testimony from on direct or cross-examination include forensic accountants for high income and self-employed parties, business valuation experts and vocational experts.
Ms. Vari's family law trial experience has been utilized to assist stay-at-home moms, middle income individuals such as mechanics and nurses and high income individuals such as professional athletes, music industry recording artists, self-employed business owners and other professionals. Further, Ms. Vari has supervised her associate attorneys in the negotiation, settlement and litigation of hundreds of other family law matters for a wide range of clients.
Contact Our Dade County Child Custody Trial Lawyers
Put Attorney Vari's negotiation skills and trial experience to work for you in your Florida family law case. Contact our Dade County divorce trial attorneys at 305-329-2560 e-mail us to schedule an appointment to discuss your Dade County, Broward County or Monroe County family law case.
Our Miami divorce lawyers accept family law cases in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Monroe County. Our Miami divorce law office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and weekends and evenings by appointment.
Consultations are available in person at our downtown Miami law office and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Galiano Street in Coral Gables, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat.