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Denise Martinez-Scanziani

Denise Martinez-Scanziani

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  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence...
  • Florida
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Summary

As a trial and appellate attorney focusing in the area of marital and family law, I am uniquely positioned to not only advocate for my clients, but educate them in the process. I take each of my client's cases very seriously, knowing that no matter how "small" the problem may appear to be, for each client, when he or she is in the middle of it, the situation can be overwhelming.

I am also a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator, am frequently appointed by the court as a Guardian ad Litem and am trained in collaborative law.

As an appellate attorney I have successfully challenged incorrect rulings by the court, ensuring that my clients achieve a just and fair result, in accordance with the law.

My firm's team approach provides the added benefit of ensuring that each client's matter is handled effectively and efficiently. I have over 18 years of experience and am ready to help you fight for your rights.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Appeals & Appellate
Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 248990
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Partner
Martinez-Scanziani & Associates Law, P.A.
- Current
Founding Partner
Scanziani Law Group
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President
Denise M. Scanziani, Esq., P.A.
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Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Service of Broward County
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Education
University of Florida
J.D. (1999) | Juris Doctorate
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Honors: Honors
University of Florida
B.A. (1996) | Criminology
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Honors: High Honors
Awards
AV Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards as rated by Peers and the Judiciary
AV Preeminent
Martindalle Hubbell
Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards as rated by Peers and the Judiciary
AV Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards as rated by Peers and the Judiciary
Florida Legal Elite
Florida Trend
AV Preeminent
Martindale Hubbell
Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards as rated by Peers and the Judiciary (since 2014)
Lead Counsel Rated
LeadCounsel
Woman of Outstanding Leadership
International Women's Leadership Association
Top Contributor
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Client's Choice
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Cum Laude
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Magna Cum Laude
University of Florida
Professional Associations
Family Law American Inn of Court
Member
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The Florida Bar # 0248990
Member
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Teen Court
Attorney Volunteer Judge
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Florida Bar Grievance Committee
Member
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Activities: Committee charged with reviewing bar complaints
Publications
Articles & Publications
Family Law Appeals: 101
Dade County Bar Association Website
Equitable Distribution
Dade County Bar Association Website
The Role of the Guardian ad Litem in Child Custody Disputes
Family Law Bulletin
Equitable Distribution
Dade County Bar Association Website
Divorce is all about PEACE
AVVO Legal Guides
Father's Rights
Family Law Today
Speaking Engagements
Hot Topics in Family Law, Dade County Bar Association & Young Lawyers Section Bench & Bar, Hyatt Regency Miami
Dade County Bar Association
Family Law Appeals: 101, Nuts & Bolts of Family Law, Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
Dade County Bar Association Family Law Committee
Equitable Distribution, 25th Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law, Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
Dade County Bar Association Family Law Committee
Judicial Forum, Haitian Lawyers Association Judicial Forum
Haitian Lawyers Association
Equitable Distribution, 23rd Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law, Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
Dade County Bar Association Family Law Committee
Women in the Law Panel, Women in the Law, St. Thomas University College of Law
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Certifications
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
Florida Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
13 Questions Answered

Q. If a clerk of the court/staff liable for damages resulting from inaccurate account maintenance?
A: It is doubtful there would be liability. You would first have to establish the clerk has a duty to maintain accurate records. It appears you’re asking about holding the clerk civilly liable for this error. I recommend you post your question to a civil lawyer since you’re not seeking to seek damages against the obligee. From the family law standpoint, modification after emancipation is not usually permitted since the court loses jurisdiction.
Q. Can paternal grandmother keep my son away from me with only guardianship I signed over while in hospital?
A: Was the "guardianship" done in South Carolina? If so, you will need to get advice from a lawyer licensed to practice in South Carolina.
Q. Want my daughter back, my father has sole custody. Hearing was done in Ala, while I was in hospital.
A: You've posted this question for a Florida lawyer, but it seems that you should ask a lawyer licensed to practice in AL. If that is where the child is, that is the state who will have jurisdiction over your daughter.
Q. My brother’s ex-wife never cooperated with the visitation rights. What can we do to get visitation rights?
A: A petition for modification of a time-sharing schedule based on substantial change in circumstances (i.e. mother is obstructing and interfering with time-sharing) can be filed as a new case in the county where either parent currently resides or where the last order was entered. He may also need to petition to modify his child support. The longer he lets it go, however, the worse it will be.
Q. I want to gain full custody of my son, we have split custody right now. I am worried that his father is using drugs.
A: If you already have a time-sharing schedule by court order, then you will need to petition the court for a modification and show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since entry of the last order. For those who cannot afford a lawyer, a good option may be your local Legal Aid.
Q. My girlfriend wants me to adopt her son from a different country
A: If the child is not a citizen of the US, the laws governing international adoption will likely apply even if the child is present in the US. The child's nationality will also have an impact on whether this adoption is even possible. You first want to speak with an immigration attorney.
Q. How to get title of a home after death of owner, when one is only surviving sibling?
A: This question can be best answered by a probate attorney. I would post your question under that area of the law.
Q. Can child custody be changed if it’s been the same for a few years and isn’t on paper yet, just verbal?
A: One of the factors the court must consider to determine the "best interest" of the child under section 61.13, Florida Statutes is the length of time the child has been in a stable environment and desire of maintaining continuity. The longer this schedule is in place and the child is doing well, the stronger the argument is that this schedule is likely in child's best interest.
Q. Can you have your childs other parent take a drug test to prove he/she is not on drugs? For sole parental responsibility
A: You have to make this request in writing to the judge. Depending on the basis for your request, the court may order a drug test which can be done by either a urine sample or a hair follicle drug test. the hair follicle drug test will detect drug use for a much longer period of time than the urine test.
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Coral Gables, FL 33145
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