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Vanessa Vasquez de Lara

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara

Vasquez de Lara Law Group
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Florida
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Reviewed by Matthew Adam Gruber October 9, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Vanessa takes the time needed to solve problems and get incredible results for anyone she comes across in life. She is well respected by her clients, the legal community and judges. At any one of her hosted events, the top notch professionals show up just to be around her energy and network. She is a must hire and her firm is professionally run.
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Vanessa Vasquez de Lara, Esq. is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a law firm dedicated to assisting families when their family problems become legal problems Mrs. Vasquez de Lara graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. She has been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-2019 Super Lawyers list. She is an experienced divorce and family law litigator. Cases handled in Florida family court include:

Child custody
Child support
Domestic Violence
Relocation matters
Step-Parent Adoptions
Post Judgment matters

Mrs. Vasquez de Lara has been featured multiple times on Univision’s Despierta America, a national television show, for her family law knowledge. She has been extensively involved in her community including as an elected member of the board of the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association, board member of the Dominican American Bar Association, and board member of the Coral Gables Bar Association. She is also active in the Family Court Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, as well as the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Mrs. Vasquez de Lara is involved with all cases handled by the firm. She knows every matter & every client from the beginning of their case to the conclusion of representation. All of the clients’ needs are considered and discussed prior to the acceptance of any and every case to ensure that all matters are adequately handled to the best of the firm’s abilities. Emergency matters are handled expeditiously, and every client can communicate directly with the attorney and her staff. Mrs. Vasquez de Lara is fluent in English and Spanish.

If you have any questions regarding family law, please do not hesitate to contact the Vasquez de Lara Law Group.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law

    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law

  • Divorce

    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce

  • Domestic Violence

    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights

Additional Practice Area
  • Child Support and Custody
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  • Zoom
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
President and Owner
Vasquez de Lara Law Group
- Current
Associate Attorney
Estefano & Associates, P.A.
Associate Attorney
Lanza & Bugay
University of Miami School of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
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High Point University
B.S. (1999) | Business Administration and International Business
Honors: summa cum laude
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Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Florida Legal Elite 2017
Florida Trend Magazine
Distinguished Advocate of Pro Bono Commitment
Dade County Bar Association
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Dominican American Bar Association
- Current
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Probate and Guardianship Committee of the Dade County Bar Association
- Current
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Florida State Bar  # 647128
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Articles & Publications
5 Tips for Avoiding a Contentious Family Court Battle
The Florida Villager
Speaking Engagements
Starting the Dissolution Process , 23rd Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law Seminar , Miami, FL
Dade County Bar Association
Why Prepare for the Inevitable , Legalmax Attorney Resource Group , Miami, FL
Legalmax Attorney Resource Group
The Future of Law in 30 Minutes , Avvo Lawyernomics 2017 , Las Vegas, NV
Legal Answers
71 Questions Answered

Q. My sons bio dad is not on the birth cert and no contact in 3 years. Can my fiancee adopt him without involving the bio?
A: Yes! You need to do a step-parent adoption which includes checking if the biological father registered himself in the Florida putative father registry. If he didn't, which most men do not do, then there is no need for consent from him. His rights would be terminated in the adoption. But you must be married in order for your fiancee to be considered a step-parent, so you will need to take that step before starting the adoption process. It's important to remember that once the adoption is completed, he will be the child's legal father, responsible for child support in the event of a divorce, but also entitled to all of the rights of a father including timesharing and making decisions for the child. Good luck!
Q. Can my visitation order be moved from Ohio to Florida?
A: Once your child has been in the State of Florida for more than 6 months, you are able to domesticate or establish your case in Florida and request a modification. You do not need to go back to Ohio to make changes. But what your son wants is not a good enough reason not to send him to his dad's house. You need to demonstrate that a change is in the child's best interest. Good luck!
Q. Can an unwed mother, who has sole custody of the child, change the childs name without consent of the father florida law
A: Yes, you will need his consent or you will need to have him served with the petition for name change. If he is served and does not object, then you can go forward without his consent. If he responds, then you will need to convince the court why the name change is in the child's best interest. Here is the form needed to be filed with the court which explains the process a little bit: https://www.flcourts.org/content/download/403309/file/982c.pdf Good luck!
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Vasquez de Lara Law Group
Greenery Mall Offices
7700 North Kendall Drive
Suite 607
Miami, FL 33156
Telephone: (305) 596-9951
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