Serving Polk County In Matters of Family Law, Appellate Law, and Business Bankruptcy

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If you need leading representation in matters of divorce, custody, appeals, or business bankruptcy, the lawyers of Sutton Law Firm have three offices to serve you. We can arrange to meet you at our Lakeland office to determine the right steps to take toward the best possible outcome. Call now:

Welcome to Our Lakeland, FL, Office

For more than 30 years, family law attorney Debra J. Sutton has provided top-tier legal advocacy to clients facing significant challenges such as divorce and child custody disputes. Thanks to her offices in Lakeland, people in Polk County don't have to travel far to receive the uniquely qualified counsel their case needs and deserves. And when business owners find themselves facing financial difficulties, attorney Matthew J. Kovschak's track record of handling complex business litigation can be an invaluable asset.

If the uncertainties surrounding these very sensitive legal challenges are making you feel overwhelmed, we invite you to request a consultation with us in Lakeland. Our family law attorney books appointments in a way that avoids having more than one client in the office at a time, helping to maintain your privacy during this difficult time. Our attorneys look forward to helping you determine the most beneficial next steps to take.

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Attorneys Debra J. Sutton and Matthew J. Kovschak

"They are kind and caring."


Helen Calloway

Lakeland, FL


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When my husband and I had our first meeting with Sutton Law Firm it was like a breath of fresh air. We had been trying to get help with a judgment lawsuit we had been trying to collect on with no success, but we feel like we are on the road to getting this done. Mr. Kovschak, our Attorney, listen to information re: our case he went above and beyond to explain to us about the lawsuit. Your office made a big difference in our lives. Thank you and your staff for everything. 

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Anita Rodriguez

Bartow, FL


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I highly recommend Ms.Sutton to everyone. She has incredible knowledge and very professional. Her and her staff, the ladies at the office went above and beyond, listened to me and helped me and my children through a very difficult case. They are kind and caring human being. I am forever grateful to the Sutton Law firm.

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Our Office in the Lakeland Highlands

Our Lakeland office is east of Scott Lake, right off Florida Ave. S. There is plenty of parking near our office to make each visit with our lawyers convenient and hassle-free.

625 Commerce Dr
Lakeland, FL 33813

By Appointment Only

Sutton Law Firm Stands Apart Among Tampa-Area Family Law Practices

Sutton Law Firm has unique attributes that can be incredibly beneficial to your case:

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Board Certification

Only one percent of Florida family law attorneys are certified in family law or appellate practice. Family law attorney Debra J. Sutton, founder of the Sutton Law Firm, is one of them. This means that as a lawyer, she has demonstrated her skill, knowledge of the law, ethics, and professionalism to the satisfaction of the Florida Bar. She can put all of these strengths to use in advocating for alimony, visitation, child support, and more.

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Apt Business Law Counsel

Since joining Sutton Law in 1998, attorney Matthew Kovschak has proven time and again that he can help clients overcome obstacles both simple and complex. Through both personal representation and mediation, our lawyer has helped businesspeople through matters of bankruptcy, contract disputes, mergers and acquisitions, and all kinds of changes within a business.

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Demonstrated Compassion

The law itself may seem cold and objective, but when it comes to navigating legal matters affecting your family, it takes true compassion on the part of your attorney. To maintain privacy, Debra Sutton takes care to book consultations so that there won't be more than one client in the office at a time. And if you or someone you loved has suffered domestic violence in relation to your case, our family law attorney will make sure the courts respect your protective rights.

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Proud Community Members

Our lawyers don't just do business here. Sutton Law Firm takes pride in being a part of the communities it serves, which is why we are obliged to give back. Our firm founded Care to Dance, Inc. in 2011, a benefit for seniors suffering from conditions like Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and chronic health issues. Our lawyers also contribute to Florida rural legal services and sponsor events like the Little River Band's Veterans Day Tribute.

Meet Debra J. Sutton Board-Certified Family Law and Appellate Law Attorney

Ms. Sutton has been helping clients in very difficult situations protect their best interests for more than 30 years. While only two percent of attorneys in Florida hold board certification, fewer still—one percent—are certified in family or appellate practice. Ms. Sutton is certified in both areas of law, which is a reflection of the state's regard for her understanding of Florida law, her ethics, and her professionalism.

If you are facing divorce, child custody disputes, or a ruling you feel was unjust, Ms. Sutton has the advanced credentials to help you achieve the results you and your family need.

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Ms. Sutton's Affiliations

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Matthew J. Kovschak Business Law Attorney

Are you considering filing for bankruptcy due to financial challenges in your business? Are you dealing with contract disputes or a significant change on the horizon? Mr. Kovschak is a lawyer who can show you a way forward that protects your best interests, either as your attorney or as a mediator. Whether your business is brand new, established, or reaching the end of its lifecycle, Matthew Kovschak can be your advocate through issues both simple and complex. Put his 35+ years of experience in business law to work for you.

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Featured Services


Appellate Law

If you believe there was an unjust ruling in your family law or business case, our attorneys can file an appeal on your behalf.

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When parents are deceased or incapacitated, Florida courts appoint a guardian for the child or children. This also applies when the child collects an inheritance, insurance policy, or jury award over a certain amount. Debra Sutton is a lawyer who can advocate for you to become the guardian of a child in any of these situations.

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Victims' Rights

Have you been the victim of physical, psychological, or financial abuse? Debra can help enforce your rights when it comes to safety from the abuser. This has been a focus throughout her career as a lawyer.

Sutton Law Firm's Complete Services

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Chelsea Faulkner

Bartow, FL


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Mrs Debra Sutton has been amazing! Very up front and honest! She has so much knowledge and know how about the laws and how to handle situations. My husband Has been fighting his ex wife for almost 8 yrs now and everything is a fight. Our previous lawyer wasn’t doing squat about her and her actions. So we hired Ms Sutton and yes she is pricey, but she works with you in payments, and she gets the job done. That saying you pay for what you get is the truth. You can’t go wrong if you hire her and her team to get the job done! They have had our backs from the get go, and haven’t let us down! Will recommend her to anyone!! We love her! If you’re wondering if they are worth it, yes they are! Make the call today! You will not regret it!

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Dawn Weikle

Bartow, FL


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For the first time in my life, I needed to hire an attorney and I highly recommend Debra Sutton and Sutton law firm. Sutton Law Firm came highly recommended to me, and I have not been disappointed. Debra is deeply knowledgeable of the collaborative law process. Debra and her staff have helped me through an exceedingly challenging time in my life. Barbie is not only competent but always has an answer or will find one for me promptly. She has been a great comfort to me as I wait for my meetings with Debra. The whole staff is always thoughtful and caring while I am in the office. I will use Sutton Law Firm in the future if I have need of legal services.

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Debra J. Sutton

Sutton Law Firm

Debra J. Sutton is an attorney who is board-certified in both appellate practice and marital and family law by the Florida Bar. At the Sutton Law Firm, with offices in Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Kovschak, and their team provide individualized, compassionate, and private legal services. Our popular practice areas include:

You can request a consultation with our board-certified attorney right now by filling out our online form or calling (863) 533-8912.

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