Family Law & Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most difficult and confusing times in your life. You will find few more qualified to assist your divorce than Linda Carley. Not only the author of the best selling book, Divorce Made Simple,the Ultimate Guide by a Former Family Judge, she has more than 30 years of legal experience as both an attorney and judge. As a circuit court judge, she handled thousands of complex and litigated divorce and related family law matters. Similarly, as an attorney she was deemed an expert by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified in Family and Marital Law between 1994 and 2010 and Florida Supreme court mediator between 1994 and 2015.

Child Support

There may be no more difficult issue to resolve than how to share time with your children during and after your divorce. Linda strives to amicably resolve your case rather than create issues or unneccessary economic or mental stress. She knows the cost that is involved emotionally, financially when children become pawns in a divorce situation. Although Linda favors alternative resolution matters, she will litigate matters when there is no other way to provide for the best interests of the children.


When Dad’s are not married, the issue with their offspring can create issues surrounding legitimacy, time-sharing, and financial responsibility for children. As both an attorney and former judge, Linda has the experience and expertise you need to guide you in these areas.

Collaborative Law

In recent years more and more divorcing couples have been implemented collaborative divorce as a cost efficient and respectful way of reaching agreements that work for both of the parties and their families. Rather than working for individual interests, the process allows a team, including both husband and wife, to work for the family’s interest. By refocusing away from anindividual win to a family and team win, there is less stress as parties restructure their relationships in a way that preserves finances for both parents and children, reduces emotional toll on the family, preserves family relationship beyond divorce and keeps your matters private as opposed to being a part of apublic record.


Linda has handled adoptions both as an attorney and judge. She is skilled in handling private adoptions, contested adoptions, stepparent adoptions and adoptions by same sex couples.


Fighting for or against alimony is more than simply asking for alimony. Understanding the differences whether permanent, temporary, rehabilitative or bridge the gap is crucial to winning or defending against an alimony request.


With more and more litigants handling their own initial divorce, the need for modifications and corrections to final judgments is soaring. Whether you’ve handled your own divorce or are just in need of modifications because of a substantial change in circumstances, let Linda advise you as to what steps you should take to avoid further legal challenges.