Practice Areas Overview
Linda I. Braithwaite, Attorney At Law, is dedicated to assisting clients across West Florida and throughout the state in a range of legal areas. With more than 20 years of experience in the practice of law, Ms. Braithwaite has the expertise to provide professional representation in any of the following types of cases. For details about how she can be of assistance in your particular situation, contact Linda I. Braithwaite, Attorney At Law.
Ms. Braithwaite’s family law practice areas include:
Collaborative Family Practice
In the collaborative process, the parties to a divorce agree to avoid litigation and resolve all issues through negotiation. The parties are committed to full disclosure of all relevant matters, including assets and income for support, alimony, and equitable distribution purposes. They also commit to a caring and principled approach to co-parenting problem solving consistent with their children’s best interest.
While this method of resolution is a relatively new concept in Florida, it is a growing throughout the country and Linda I. Braithwaite continually updates her training, has participated in collaboratively resolve cases and actively supports the promotion of this type of resolution in family law matters.
Divorce and other family law disputes touch on some of the most sensitive issues in our lives, requiring the assistance of an attorney who can provide compassionate support while obtaining a favorable resolution as swiftly as possible.
As an active member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law, Linda I. Braithwaite has the skills and expertise to handle:
- Parenting Plans/Child Custody
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Child Support
- Domestic Partnerships
- Family Law Appeals
In addition to her extensive trial experience, Ms. Braithwaite is a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and trained in collaborative practice. Unlike traditional litigation, in which the process requires that parties to a divorce assume adversarial stances, these forms of alternative dispute resolution encourage an open dialogue that may be more likely to result in an agreement that is in the best interest of both spouses. Each of these forms is subject to certain rules and formalities; to examine which type of alternative dispute resolution may be an appropriate avenue to pursue in your particular case, contact Linda I. Braithwaite, Attorney At Law today.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with the assistance of a neutral professional. Linda I. Braithwaite has been a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator since 1998 and has helped hundreds of parties resolve their family law disputes. She is trained in working with difficult situations. Linda I. Braithwaite acts as a neutral facilitator and guides the parties through the process. She helps the parties to think outside of the box for possible solutions to the dispute, broadening the range of possible solutions.
Linda I. Braithwate is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) as an expert in the area of Family Law. The BLSE is “charged with identifying for the general public and the profession, those attorneys who have substantial experience and have demonstrated special knowledge, skills and proficiency in certified areas of practice and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.” For more information about board certification, you can visit the Florida Bar website at www.floridabar.org.
While litigation should be the last resort to Collaborative Family Practice and/or mediation of disputed issues, Linda I. Braithwaite has spent 21 years as a litigation attorney, also known as a trial lawyer. She represents both Petitioners and Respondents in various types of family law cases and manages all phases of the litigation process from investigation, pleadings and discovery to pre-trial, trial, settlement and appeal.
Other Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy and Personal Injury
Sometimes criminal charges arise in conjunction with particularly difficult divorce cases. Whether the issue at hand concerns an allegation of domestic violence or a restraining order, Ms. Braithwaite has the background and experience to defend her clients against unwarranted accusations that have arisen due to the heightened emotions that often come into play in these cases.
In addition, she can draw on her strong roots in the legal community to refer any criminal defense matters outside her area of expertise to an appropriate local attorney.
Over the recent years, the issue of bankruptcy has become more common and in conjunction with particularly difficult divorce cases. Whether the issue at hand concerns the necessity to discharge debts in order to sustain and support the family, to make a fresh start, or advocating for the interests of her clients when their spouse or former spouse has filed for bankruptcy, threatening their ability to receive the support payments that have been lawfully awarded to them by the court, Ms. Braithwaite can draw on her strong roots in the legal community to refer or co-counsel any bankruptcy matters outside her area of expertise to an appropriate local attorney.
When an accident was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another, Florida law entitles injured victims to recover for the damages they have suffered. Whether the harm they have sustained is the result of a motor vehicle accident, slip or fall on unsafe premises, dangerous consumer product, or other cause, Linda I. Braithwaite, Attorney At Law can provide the advocacy victims need to obtain the full recovery to which they are entitled through the referral and co-counseling with other reputable and successful attorneys specializing in personal injury.
Recoverable damages typically include economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, or other tangible losses, as well as non-economic damages, which encompass the emotional losses suffered by the plaintiff. In cases where the defendant’s actions were particularly egregious, the plaintiff may also be entitled to punitive damages designed to punish the defendant for such behavior.