John Arthur Smitten

John Arthur Smitten

  • Estate Planning, Family Law, Personal Injury...
  • Florida, New York
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Summary

John Smitten received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Cooley School of Law in 1995. Mr. Smitten is a licensed attorney and member of the Bar Associations in both Florida and New York. In October of 1996, Mr. Smitten joined McGuire Law Offices and developed the family law division of the firm. Mr. Smitten is now employed at Carey and Leisure and heading the family law division of that firm. Carey and Leisure is a top notch personal injury firm. Mr. Smitten is a family law practitioner with extensive experience in every area of family law including divorce, custody, paternity, visitation, alimony, dependency, domestic violence, adoption and child support. In addition to this specialization, Mr. Smitten serves as co-counsel for personal injury matters. Mr. Smitten is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Clearwater Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, and is also a professor at St. Petersburg College.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
Additional Practice Area
  • General Practice
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Initial consultation is always free.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $300 per hour. Payment Plans offered.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
New York
Education
Thomas Cooley Law School
Professional Associations
Member
Rotary
- Current
Adjunct Professor
St. Petersburg College
- Current
Activities: Instructer at Paralegal Studies program, teaching family law.
Member
New York State Bar # 2772432
- Current
Member
Florida Bar
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
1474 Questions Answered

Q. Can I pursue an alimony/child support modification in FL if my divorce was finalized in GA?
A: Yes you can bring the case to FL if no party lives in GA. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
Q. Can a father who lives mexico who never did anything for his children fight for them?
A: He has zero chance of getting custody. The case would have to be filed in FL. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
Q. what qualifies as a breach, in this statement in our court custody papers: listed below in "more info"
A: That would qualify. You should bring this to the attention of the court. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
Q. Where do you go to start the process of emancipation? And usually how long does it take to become emancipated?
A: You have to file a petition with the local court. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
Q. Are payments made to the state SDU considered paid by the obligor when received by the SDU or by the payee?
A: When received by SDU.
Q. How much will I owe my wife for passive appreciation in a FL divorce on my house?
A: she will likely get 125k unless you can prove set offs like costs, taxes, etc. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
Q. Ex has be absent for 8 years, drug use, in and out of jail. Do I have to prove this to file sole custody in divorce case
A: Sole custody is 100% your burden of proof so prepare the evidence you need. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
Q. Can DCF obtain a signed order from a judge forcing me to submit to a drug screen due to an anonymous report to hotline?
A: If there is an order for drug testing then you have to do it, but don't let DCF bully you. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
Q. Selling marital assets during a separation with claiming ownership of everything at the marital residence.
A: She cannot just sell your stuff, file a motion for contempt/enforcement. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
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Contact & Map
Carey and Leisure
622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100,
Clearwater, FL 33764
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 927-0400
Telephone: (727) 799-3900
Cell: (727) 686-3602