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Child Support

Child Support

In any separation or divorce involving minor children, the best interests of the children are paramount. Unfortunately, not every parent is willing to do their part and child support guidelines can be complicated to understand and often lead to contentious dispute between the parties. The Marks Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to help you make sure that your child support determination is fair and accurate. In Florida, child support is determined based on Florida Child Support Guidelines that considers each parent’s income and other factors like who pays the health insurance premiums, day care, or after school care for the minor children. Even Alimony payments made and received can affect Florida child support calculations and Florida child support payments.

You can review Florida’s child support guidelines by clicking here:

While the statutory guidelines provide the parties with a starting point for their Florida child support obligations, it is often appropriate to deviate from the amount provided for in the statute. The Marks Law Firm will consider your unique situation and help you determine whether a deviation is appropriate.  And for those parents already paying or receiving child support, we can analyze your situation to help you decide whether to modify or terminate your child support obligations or to enforce support obligations that the other parent isn’t meeting.

The Marks Law Firm’s child support lawyers in the Orlando, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Winter Garden, Kissimmee, Longwood, Clermont, Ocoee, Lake Mary area with help and advise on your child support situation. Call us today.

Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

Our Orlando family lawyers at the Marks Law Firm understand that the decision to end your marriage is one of the most difficult and stressful decisions you’ll ever make.  We are committed to helping you through this difficult time by minimizing uncertainty, empowering you, and preparing you for what comes next.  A Dissolution of Marriage can involve any number of complicated issues, including how to value and divide your assets and liabilities, how to calculate both spousal and child support where appropriate, and how to arrive at an appropriate schedule for time sharing with your minor children.

At The Marks Law Firm in Orlando, FL, our focus is on guiding you through these often painful issues and helping you emerge on the other side of your divorce with hope for the future.  If you would like more information about divorce or dissolution of marriage in Central Florida, contact the Orlando family law attorneys at The Marks Law Firm to schedule a consultation.

Practice Areas

Orlando Family Law – Orlando Divorce Lawyers – Orlando Family Attorney

The Marks Law Firm – Orlando Family Law Attorneys and Orlando Divorce Lawyers focus on providing service and support to families and individuals with family law needs in Orlando Florida.  Our practice areas include the following:

  • Adoption
  • Alimony
  • Assistance with Pro Se Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Law
  • Contempt and Enforcement
  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Legal Separation
  • Mediation
  • Modification (Post-Dissolution)
  • Parental Decision-Making and Timesharing
  • Parent Coordination
  • Paternity
  • Pre-Nuptial and Ante-Nuptial Agreements
  • Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage

Thomas D. Marks

Attorney Thomas D. Marks

Tom is the founding partner of The Marks Law Firm, P.A. – Family Law & Divorce Attorneys. With more than 35 years of experience practicing law in Central Florida, Tom zealously represents his clients with integrity, dedication, and personal attention. Tom has built a solid reputation with his clients, colleagues, opposing counsel, and the Courts of Orange, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, and Seminole Counties.

It is Tom’s mission to be the best small family law firm in Central Florida.  He is dedicated to excellence and has built a great team of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and support staff at The Marks Law Firm, P.A. – Family Law & Divorce Attorneys. Tom is committed to his clients, their well-being, and their goals. He sees success as a journey built on integrity, excellence and hard work. Tom cares deeply about his clients, their children, and their future success and significance.

If reconciliation is possible, he will support those efforts and what is best for the family. If he is called on to represent his clients’ interests in Court, a Collaborative Case, Mediation, or elsewhere, he will be a zealous advocate, negotiator and wise counsel.

Tom has actively volunteered his time and efforts in the Orange County Bar and has taken over 28 pro bono Legal Aid Society cases to represent those who could not afford an Attorney. Tom has volunteered over 200 hours of professional services in pro bono work.

Tom is active in the community and in his church.  He frequently speaks at various Divorce Care groups in Central Florida and he has focused his time, efforts, and practice in family and marital areas of the law. In 2011, Tom was recognized as Outstanding Chairman by the Orange County Bar Association as chair of the Family Law Committee.

Tom and his wife Linda have been married over 34 years and have two adult children, Rebekah and Daniel. To learn more about Tom and his passions beyond family law, click here to read the latest Healthy Lawyer Blog.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1986
  • Family Law Section
  • General Practice Section
  • Trial Lawyers Section

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • National Association of Divorce Professionals Downtown Orlando Chapter, 2017 – Present
  • Director, 2017 – Present
  • Florida Bar Ninth Circuit Grievance Committee, 2013—2016
  • The C12 Group, 2011—2019
  • Central Florida Collaborative Law Group, 2009—2017, 2020 – Present
  • Family Law Inns of Court, 2005—Present
  • Master Level
  • Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce, 2003—Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, 1986—Present
  • Christian Legal Society, 1983—Present
  • Family Law Executive Committee, 2003—2011
  • Chairman, 2007-2011
  • Daetwyler Shores HOA, 1998—2006
  • President, Board of Directors, 2005—2006
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1990—2000
  • Florida Hospital East Orlando Foundation Board, 1993—1997
  • Chairman, 1996—1997
  • Vice Chairman, 1993—1995
  • Orange County Animal Service Advisory Board, 1992—1997
  • Chairman, 1994—1997
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1991—2003
  • Winter Park Pines Community Association, 1987—1994
  • President, Board of Directors, 1992—1994
  • Christian Conciliation Service of Central Florida, 1988—1992
  • East Orlando Civitan Service Organization, 1988—1990

Recognitions & Speaking Engagements

  • Guest on Inside Look by Brooks Podcast, 2022
  • Featured Speaker at FAMU Christian Legal Society Event, 2019
  • Guest on Chasing Wisdom Podcast, 2018
  • Featured Speaker at Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce November Luncheon, 2017
  • ED Talk Speaker at August NADP Downtown Orlando Chapter Meeting, 2017; May NADP Downtown Orlando Chapter Meeting, 2020
  • “10 Best” Client Satisfaction Award from American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2014 – 2016
  • Presenter at the 2010 Christian Legal Society National Convention
  • OCBA Outstanding Committee Chair, 2010 – 2011
  • Orlando’s Top Lawyers, 2010, 2013
  • Published in The Builders magazine, July 2016
  • Published in Orlando Home & Leisure
  • Regular speaker at Divorce Care Groups throughout Central Florida
  • 1st place Dean Maloney Memorial Writing Contest, 1986 – Statewide competition and published on front cover of the Florida Bar Journal in 1986.

Education

  • University of Florida, B.A. 1981
  • University of Florida School of Law, 1985
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Attorney Profiles

Lawyers at The Marks Law Firm, P.A. – Family Law & Divorce Attorneys

Every attorney, paralegal, and professional staff member of The Marks Law Firm, P.A. – Family Law & Divorce Attorneys is an integral part of a principle centered Family Law Team. It is our Mission: “To Honor God and Faithfully Represent our Clients with Great Leadership, Attitude, Excellence and Teamwork.”


Tom Marks, Esquire


Matt Capstraw, Esquire


Attorney A. Jay Fowinkle


Attorney Mari Minks


Attorney Ronald L. Sims,
(Of Counsel)


Attorney Nicole Arfaras Kerr, (Of Counsel)