Jacksonville Divorce Attorneys

Family Lawyers for Duval, Clay & Nassau Counties – Call 904.353.7733

The attorneys at Fletcher & Phillips help northern Florida clients with matters of Family Law, including divorce, alimony, child support, custody, visitation, and modifications.

The Jacksonville, Florida divorce attorneys and family law staff at Fletcher and Phillips pictured.

• Zach Alfant • Shanna Austin  • Lyman T. Fletcher • Michael R. Phillips • Dyvonnda G. Thurston


Florida Attorney Lyman Fletcher License Number 121966

Lyman T. Fletcher


Lyman T. Fletcher was Board Certified in Marital and Family Law for 30 years from June 1986 through May 2016. He is a Fellow Emeritus with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a Master Emeritus of the Florida Family Law Inns of Court. He began his law practice in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1970 and shortly after, began specializing his practice in Family Law, including interstate child custody, grandparents’ visitation rights, paternity, and domestic relations. He lectured, conducted seminars, and authored articles on all aspects of Marital and Family Law throughout his career. He was City Commissioner and then Mayor of Atlantic Beach, FL, past chairman and board member of Town Center Association, and served as 1st Lt., Intelligence Branch, US Army, 1964-1966.

Admissions:

  • Florida Bar #121966, 12/19/1969;
  • US District Court, Florida Middle District, February 1970;
  • US Supreme Court, June 1975;
  • US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981.

Past Certifications:

  • Florida Bar Marital & Family Law Board Certified from June 1986 through May 2016
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator from 1989 to July 2013
  • Florida Super Lawyer 2007, and 2009 through 2014

Associations:

  • The Florida Family Law American Inns of Court, Master Emeritus
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow Emeritus

Education:

  • Florida State University College of Law, JD (1969 Charter Class)
  • Florida State University, BA 1964


Jacksonville Attorney Michael R. Phillips

Michael R. Phillips

Michael R Phillips is a trial attorney who concentrates his Family Law practice on complex divorce cases, child custody, business valuations, and military issues. He is a Barrister and past Jacksonville Executive Committee member of the Florida Family Law Inns of Court. Attorney Phillips is an active member of Rotary International – Beaches Oceanside and Jacksonville Chapter President of the Carolina Alumni Association. He is former Assistant District Legal Counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families in both St. Johns and Duval Counties in Florida.

Experience:

  • Fletcher & Phillips, partner, 2006-present
  • Florida Department of Children and Families, Assistant District Legal Counsel, 2005-2006

Lectures & Publications:

  • (2012, June 19) Introduction to Divorce Law, LawReviewCle
  • (2010) Reducing Stress Without Sacrificing Success in a Boutique Marital and Family Law Firm, The Family Law Commentator, Vol. XXIV, No.3, 11-13.
  • (2008, November 7) Handling Electronic Records and Files, Electronic Law Office, Half Moon LLC
  • (2007, August 2) Obtaining and Evaluating Information, Florida Family Practice, Half Moon LLC,

Admissions:

  • US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • US District Court, Florida Middle District
  • Florida Court of Appeals
  • Florida Bar

Certification:

  • Florida Super Lawyer, since 2009
  • National Advocates Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Law Lawyers

Associations:

  • Florida Family Law Inns of Court, Barrister and Officer
  • Florida Bar Association, Family Law section
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Beach Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • Carolina Alumni Association, President Jacksonville Chapter
  • Gamecock Club, Board of Directors
  • Rotary International, Beaches Oceanside Vice President
  • DEMP Project, Board of Directors
  • Alco House, Board of Directors
  • Hodges Presbyterian Church, Elder & Chairman, Endowment Committee

Education:

  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D.
  • University of South Carolina School of Business, B.S.,
  • University of South Carolina, President Jacksonville Gamecock Club

 


Jacksonville Family & Divorce Attorney Dyvonnda G. Thurston

Attorney Dyvonnda G. Thurston

Attorney Thurston received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She also received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Stetson University. In 2013, she became a nationally certified counselor. She is a Florida Family Law Inns of Court Associate and a current member of the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Dyvonnda focuses her practice in all areas of family law matters: divorce, paternity, same-sex divorce, parenting plans, timesharing (child custody and visitation), child support, spousal support or alimony, modifications of prior judicial or administrative orders, enforcement or contempt proceedings, criminal law matters including injunctions.

In addition to family law matters, Attorney Thurston also maintains a practice in wills, estates and trusts.

Experience:

  • Fletcher & Phillips, Attorney, May 2015 – present
  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Academic Success Counselor, August 2010 – May 2015
  • Cleaveleand and Cleaveland, PL, July 2013 – May 2015
  • Florida State Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor, March 2004 – August 2010
  • UF Levin College of Law, Coordinator – Spring 2003 – Fall 2003

Awards:

  • Champion of Justice, 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, 2004
  • Top Performer Award, 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, 2005
  • Golden Key Honor Society, University of Florida
  • Phi Kappa Phi, University of Florida

Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District, 2013
  • Florida Bar, 2004
  • Nationally Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors

Associations:

  • Florida Family Law Inns of Court, Associate
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Family Law Committee Chair
  • North East Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, Treasurer
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Education:

  • Stetson University; Marital, Couple and Family Counseling, MS, 2013
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law; JD, 2003
  • University of Florida; Psychology, BS summa cum laude, 2001


Jacksonville Lawyer Zach Alfant

Zach Alfant, Esq.

Zach Alfant is a trial attorney who concentrates his practice in the area of family law, especially on dissolution of marriage and custody actions. Attorney Alfant earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Auburn University, focusing and writing his senior thesis on the Civil Rights Movement.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Florida, Attorney Alfant currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida with his wife and daughter. He is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar Association and a recent inductee of the Florida Family Law Inns of Court.
Experience:

  • Fletcher & Phillips, Attorney, 2016-present
  • Liberty Law, PLLC, Attorney, 2012-2016/li>
  • Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A, Attorney, 2011/li>
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program, Program Coordinator, 2010-2011/li>

Awards/ Recognitions:

  • Phi Alpha Theta – National History Honor Society
  • Lawyer Processing I, Florida Coastal School of Law – Best Oral Advocate

Admissions:

  • Florida Bar, 2011

Associations:

  • Florida Family Law Inns of Court, Associate
  • Florida Bar Association, Young Lawyers section

Education:

  • Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • Auburn University, B.A., 2007


Jacksonville Family & Divorce Attorney Shanna Austin

Attorney Shanna Austin

Ms. Austin is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice in the area of family law, focusing on Adoptions and Dependency. Also, Ms. Austin focuses her practice on a range of corporate and commercial litigation matters, including labor and employment law, unpaid wage/overtime claims, wrongful termination claims, retaliation claims, discrimination claims, sexual harassment claims, civil rights claims, employment contracts, contract disputes, debt collection, incorporation of small businesses, personal injury, auto and trucking accidents, slip and falls and premises liability claims.

Prior to joining Fletcher & Phillips, Ms. Austin worked for Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc., a local non-profit, as a contract and compliance specialist. She gained valuable legal experience in dealing with local non-profits, government entities, and small businesses. During her tenure, she received the Star Award for going “Over and Beyond” as the lead in substantial revisions to the company’s subcontracts in order to ensure legal compliance and as the lead in managing key stake holders and external partners for the company’s relocation of both the Duval and Nassau County offices.

Shanna provides compassionate, personal, and honest legal representation to her clients while aggressively advocating for the justice that her clients deserve. Shanna embodies the philosophy of being not only your attorney, but your counselor at law. Shanna provides representation on a personal and professional level.

Experience:

  • Fletcher & Phillips, Attorney, January 2017 – present
  • Law Office of Shanna Austin, December 2015 – December 2016
  • Grigaltchik + Galustov, PA, May 2015 – December 2015
  • David B Sacks, PA, October 2014 – May 2015
  • Family Support Service of North Florida (Contract and Compliance Specialist), August 2011 – April 2014

Awards:

  • Star Award, Family Support Services of North Florida

Admissions:

  • US District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2014
  • Florida Bar, 2013

Associations:

  • Florida Family Law Inns of Court, Associate
  • Florida Bar Association; Civil Trial, Business, and Young Lawyers sections
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Phi Delta Theta, Legal Honors Fraternity
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Education:

  • Florida Coastal School of Law; JD, 2011
  • University of South Florida; BA Business and Economics, 2008

Call 1-904-353-7733 for help with Family Law in Jacksonville or anywhere in north Florida.

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