Welcome to the website for the Law Offices of Steven E. Blumenthal
My practice is located in Hollywood, Florida, and focuses on family law cases, including divorce , child custody/time-sharing , child support , modifications and enforcement , pre and post-nuptial agreements , domestic violence cases and dependency cases serving Broward and Dade and Palm Beach County.
Choosing an attorney is an important decision. I hope the information here is helpful for you. I represent clients in litigated, contested matters, but try whenever possible to resolve a case through dispute resolution, without litigation.
A family law case, depending on the circumstances,
can often in one case and in the very same court hearing, involve issues about the welfare of a child, as well as complex financial, tax and real estate issues.
My background working in the past as a therapist and clinical supervisor in children and family counseling programs, and litigating children's issues in family and dependency (abuse and neglect) cases, is helpful in trying to resolve children's issues based on what is best for the child - which is the legal standard under Florida law, and in litigating these issues when we need to go to trial. Thoroughness and depth of an attorney's knowledge and preparation are important in speaking to children's and other issues during settlement and at trial. For all family law issues, and perhaps even more so when it comes to children's issues, I believe a Judge isn't simply listening for competing legal arguments, but for why what you're asking for is right.
On the business side, as part of my legal experience earlier in my career I acquired an LL.M. (Master of Laws in Taxation), worked in a high-end "boutique" taxation and business law firm as well as the Real Estate department of a prominent national law firm, and have advised and represented clients regarding the valuation and division of pensions, stock options, businesses, and other significant assets. This background is invaluable in analyzing and litigating business and other financial issues in a divorce. A lot of it comes down to an ability to focus on and analyze the details of financial records and financial issues.
One of my goals is to get you through your case with as little extra distress as possible. Some of the important elements for that, in my opinion are: your working with an attorney with whom you are comfortable; getting clear information and having the decision making process about the different issues in the case be smooth without a lot of extra stress and uncertainty; having an attorney who will settle or resolve the case as efficiently as possible; and having an attorney who will fight for you - be as zealous and thorough as you would be or would want to be in coming up with and arguing the reasons that support your position.
Believe it or not, if a case is handled well, the parties can sometimes reach a settlement and actually walk away feeling a little better about each other, although there are cases where the latter is not possible or appropriate.
Call me at (954) 636-7498 or use the contact form on the website, and we can discuss how I can help you.