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North Florida Law Firm are Jacksonville child support attorneys, child custody attorneys and dependency attorneys. Every legal matter is unique in its context and its complexity. Each one demands flexibility and innovative thinking. Expect North Florida Law Firm to identify those new ideas that will directly address your personal situation and produce the best possible outcome.

At North Florida Law Firm we specialize in elder law such as probate and estate matters, guardiaships of adults and minor children, and domestic legal matters involving divorce and dissolution of marriage, child support, child custody, dependency and other family law issues. While the nature of our work is often adversarial, our goal is to provide quality legal counsel and aggressive representation for clients in an ethical and civil manner and at a reasonable cost.

Providing legal services in the following areas:

* Elder Law * Estate Administration * Probate * Wills & Trusts * Estate Planning * Power of Attorney * Family Law * Divorce * Child Custody * Child Support * Alimony * Adoption * Custody to Family * Juvenile Dependency * Child Abuse & Neglect * DCF Cases * Guardianship of Adults & Minor Children

Proudly Serving:

St. Johns County - St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, Nocatee, St. Augustine Beach;
Duval County - Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach;
Clay County - Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island, Middleburg;
Nassau County - Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Callahan, Yulee

In The News

Perhaps the only thing less resilient than the bones of a seven-week old is the public's goodwill when someone is accused of child abuse.

Brooke Bornhorst and Will Meade learned that right away. Even as their mugshots were splashed on local television in June 2014, social media lit up, calling for the Jacksonville couple to be jailed, tortured, executed.

 Couple cleared of child abuse with bone disorder defense


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North Florida Law Firm recently represented a Florida mother, Brooke, in an expedited termination of parental rights case as to her three young girls, P. M., R.R., and B. M.

In June of 2014, the Department of Children & Families, State of Florida, and the Child Protection Team, State of Florida, alleged that Brooke had intentionally caused numerous fractures in her then 7-week-old daughter. DCF removed all three children from Brooke’s custody and began legal proceedings to terminate Brooke’s parental rights. Brooke has since been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that research shows increases the risks of fractures.

North Florida Law Firm mounted a yearlong defense, being forced to use medical experts outside the State of Florida. These medical experts were so convinced that the fractures were not the result of child abuse that they provided all services free of charge!

The three medical experts, a Illinois radiologist, a world renowned endocrinologist in Boston, and a long-time practicing California orthopedic surgeon testified that the child suffered fractures from normal day to day handling as a result of a temporary bone disorder, infantile rickets!

On September 21, 2015, the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit dismissed DCF’s case with prejudice and immediately returned the children to the mother’s custody! It goes without saying that Brooke and her family are over the moon.

The above is an example of a result our attorneys have had one case. It represents what can be achieved by our attorneys, but it is not a promise that every case will be successful. Litigation can be risky and often unpredictable. What this example does demonstrate is that our attorneys have the capability of successfully handling a complex and serious case.

Local family law attorney of North Florida Law Firm isn’t working on their case. She tells Action News Jax the custody case will not stop because the Bartons have been arrested. She said under Florida law, parents have one year to get their lives in order. We asked Salvatore if the Baker County arrests mean they won’t get custody of their daughter.

“Not necessarily. They have the 12 months. They’ve only been arrested and been charged. They're innocent until proven guilty,” said local family law attorney of North Florida Law Firm. “It's going to be tough.”

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Florida Department of Children and Families Regional Managing Director David Abramowitz explained his sudden resignation September 2, 2015.

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Jacksonville attorney Carole Vogel has worked in child dependency cases for 25 years, and was actually an employee of DCF a decade ago. She says she found Abramowitz accessible during his time at DCF, but said it's not uncommon for an agency head to be ousted after a high-profile child death. After multiple deaths, the agency itself sometimes modifies its approach to managing abuse – moving from more aggressive interventions to a more hands-off style. But in the end, she says DCF can't fix the problem of child abuse.

"No matter where the pendulum is, children die," Vogel says. "There are not-very-good people out there who are not-very-good parents, and their children suffer as a result of it."

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At North Florida Law Firm we also provide services for clients who require an appeal of a court order.  Below is an appellate decision by the First District Court of Appeal in which the appellate court agreed with our assessment of our client's case.


North Florida Law firm attended the 2104 Marital and Family Law Review Course in Orlando, FL. The event was presented by the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and the AAML Florida Chapter

The 2014 Marital and Family Law Review
January 31 - February 1, 2014

Mom accused of not reporting sexual abuse; dad in Mexico seeks custody. North Florida Law Firm represents the Mom in this International custody battle covered by WJXT and featured on News4Jax.com

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Carole A. Vogel
Over 25 years legal experience and widely regarded as one of the most respected attorneys in the field of Juvenile Dependency in Northeast Florida. more...




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