Steven E. Blumenthal

Family Law Attorney, Mediator & Parenting Coordinator

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Firm Overview

My practice focuses on family law -- divorce, child custody (called time-sharing and parental responsibility now in Florida), child support, modifications and enforcement of child support and child custody, domestic violence cases, paternity cases, and dependency cases (cases where the Department of Children and Families is involved. I'm a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Florida Qualified Parenting Coordinator, and serve as a mediator or parenting coordinator in family law cases as well.

Example cases

Example cases for me are divorces ranging from cases where there aren't significant property or children's issues at stake to divorce cases involving complicated financial and time-sharing/parental responsibility issues -- I have an extensive background in both areas. Other example cases for me are representing a client at a domestic violence restraining order hearing, modifications of child support or mediating a divorce or other family law case.

Main Office

Main
1930 Harrison Street
Suite 205
Hollywood  FL  33020

Phone
  • (954) 636-7498
Fax
  • (866) 794-8267

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, generally for a half-hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I offer "flat-fees" for some uncontested cases, depending on what is involved in the case. I can also offer a fixed fee if a client simply wants me to prepare the pleadings/documents for their case.

Hourly Rates

$185 -- $225

Office Information

Office Hours

Typically, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for appointments with clients, but some later/earlier and Saturday appointments available.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

I'm a solo practitioner. I do all the work, but I've been good I believe at keeping my overhead low, so I find I remain pretty cost-effective for clients. There is a lot of technology I make use of in the office and in the "cloud" that helps an office run efficiently. I've been looking into having another attorney or legal intern join me, and there are ways for that to be cost effective for a client also.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Frequently. Some cases need to be litigated, but mediation is required in almost every family law case in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties, before the case can go to trial. I've also been moving more and more into mediating cases for clients before filing any suit. I personally like the collaborative family law process, and am open to handling a case as a collaborative family law case. There is more in the collaborative family law and mediation sections of my website and in some of my blog posts, about the advantages and disadvantages of mediation, collaborative family law, and divorce litigation for different types of cases and situations.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes, extensive pro bono legal services through non-profit agencies in town. My pro bono work, though, is limited to work I do through the agencies, and work for clients calling in to my practice is limited to full-fee cases.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

In large part my background. I've been working in the legal and family services fields for over 25 years, and it's given me time to acquire a broad background. I find my experience/background is very helpful in family law cases.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I think many times you'll end up feeling more confident if you read about some of the legal issues, but it depends on what each person is most comfortable with. Some people want to have a chance to read about Florida law on-line. There are some very good resources at local law libraries also if there is one close to you. Some people would rather first try to find someone they trust to explain the legal issues in their case to them.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes.

Steven Blumenthal

I established my firm in 2006. I started off in Fort Lauderdale and moved my office to Hollywood in 2007 and have been here (on the same street -- moved to a new office earlier this year) since then.

I'm a solo practitioner. I do all the work, but I've been good I believe at keeping my overhead low, so I find I remain pretty cost-effective for clients. There is a lot of technology I make use of in the office and in the "cloud" that helps an office run efficiently. I've been looking into having another attorney or legal intern join me, and there are ways for that to be cost effective for a client also.

License
  • Bar Number: 626015
    Florida , 1986

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