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Sheldon E. Finman, P.A.

2134 McGregor BoulevardFort Myers, FL 33901-3418
Phones: 239-215-4952
877-214-3207
Fax: 239-334-7828
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I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law (since 1985).  My law practice in Florida divorce spans 40 years.  My focus is on resolving problems and addressing concerns in order to attempt a reasonable and balanced settlement and not participate in court litigation.

From many years of divorce litigation, I have discovered court is not to be used as a first resort, but rather a last effort when all else fails.  The needs and interests of...

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I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law (since 1985).  My law practice in Florida divorce spans 40 years.  My focus is on resolving problems and addressing concerns in order to attempt a reasonable and balanced settlement and not participate in court litigation.

From many years of divorce litigation, I have discovered court is not to be used as a first resort, but rather a last effort when all else fails.  The needs and interests of clients and family members, together with their feelings and emotions, must be addressed and satisfactorily handled if court litigation is to be avoided. 

Straight talk with empathetic understanding and good listening, along with courtesy and respect with firm boundaries are mandatory skills required to work with and help clients.  In this way, the client can (and should) take responsibility for his or her decisions.  A judge is a stranger to this family in court and knows little of their needs.  The jurisdiction of the family court is quite limited and inflexible, whereas the parties and attorneys can craft a settlement considering both parties' needs and interests in a most flexible manner.

I require my clients to be honest, open, and respectful, or I will not be engaged or will withdrawal.

My problem-solving focus also works quite well in court litigation, as judges prefer transparency and a balanced approach rather than overbearing adversarial demands in an attempt to "win" at all costs.

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Practice Areas
Family Law
Litigation
20%
Honors
AFLP Second Annual Hugh E. Starnes "Think Outside the Box" award for leadership and dedication to non-adversarial practice, 20101st Annual Career Contribution Award, by The Gainesville Collaborative Divorce Team and the University of Florida Institute for Dispute Resolution and Center For Children and Families, July 15, 2011Lifetime Achievement Award as the Father of Cooperative Law, The Association of Family Law Professionals, July 24, 20102009 Professionalism Award by The Lee County Bar Association, December 19, 2009Bar Register of Pre-Eminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell AVFirst Mediator of any Type in Lee County, Florida
Classes and Seminars
Advocacy in Collaborative Practice, Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida,, April 5, 2012
Being the Best You Can Be in Your Professional Role in Helping Families, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC Conference), March 30, 2012
Skills Training Presentation, Charlotte County Family Law Bar Association, March 28, 2012
The Anatomy of the Cost of Divorce: A Frank Discussion of Fees (co-presented by Shelly Finman, Esq. and Steve Thompson, Esq.), February 23, 2012
Legal Issues, Parent Coordination Training (FL, Co-presented with the Hon. (Ret) Hugh E. Starnes, Sr., Circuit Judge), The Association of Family Law Professionals, June 24, 1999 - June 24, 2010
Dangerous Times, Confessions, and Lessons Learned panel moderator, AFLP Annual Conference, June 11, 2010
Problem-Solving Divorce Procedures and Best Practices, Barry Law School, 2008 - 2010
Child Focused Negotioation of Parenting Plan: "Through the Eyes of the Child" (co-presented with the Hon. Hugh E. Starnes, Retired Circuit Court Judge, Deborah C. Silver, Psy.D., and JoAnne Holt, CPA), Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, March 12, 2010
Parenting Plans, annual conference of The Association of Family and Coniliation Courts (AFCC), May 29, 2009
A Cooperative Skills Workshop, The Florida Chapter of The Association of Florida and Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC), February 27, 2009
The Parenting Tribunal Panel (co-presented with Dr. Deborah C. Silver, Psy.D), State Dispute Resolution Center Annual Conference, August 30, 2008
Pro Bono Activities
Lee County Q&A Panel, 2005 - Present Private Pro-Bono Client Work, 2000 - Present
Ancillary Businesses
Divorce MediationDivorce Training in Problem Solving Procedures and Best Practices
Fees
Accepts Credit Cards
Office Information
Address
2134 McGregor BoulevardFort Myers, FL 33901-3418
Office Hours
8:00am - 4:00pm
Phone
239-215-4952877-214-3207
Fax
239-334-7828
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