Sutton Law Firm Family Law, Business Bankruptcy, and Appellate Law in Lakeland

If you are in Greater Tampa and need leading representation in matters of divorce, custody, appeals, or business bankruptcy, the lawyers of Sutton Law Firm are ready to help. Our Lakeland, FL, office is east of Scott Lake, right off Florida Avenue South. 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

Hours of Operation

By Appointment Only

Two Additional Locations In St. Petersburg and Bartow


We also maintain family law offices in St. Petersburg, FL, and Bartow, FL. Debra J. Sutton will gladly meet you for a consultation at the location most convenient to you.

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Our Family Law Office in Lakeland, FL

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 law offices in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Bartow, people throughout Central Florida don't have to travel far to receive the uniquely qualified counsel their cases need and deserve. 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 once, helping to maintain your privacy during this difficult time. Our attorneys look forward to helping you determine the most beneficial next steps to take.

"They are truly caring attorneys."


Neil Goff

Lakeland, FL


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I highly recommend Sutton Law Firm. They are truly caring attorneys that take the time to listen and help explain the complexities of the law. The staff is truly exceptional. Their professionalism, attention to detail, and genuine concern for clients is evident. Andrea Taylor has been a stand out and I appreciate all of their expertise and commitment to delivering top-notch legal services.

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Debbie Mandish

Bartow, FL


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Got a subpoena in the mail the Friday before Christmas to go to court. Needless to say I panicked so I found the Sutton Law form online called them during the holidays. They emailed me back during the holidays to reassure me that they could help me and that they would take care of things. Who does that ?Sutton Law firm does. Because of them I was able to have a decent Christmas . Deborah Sutton is absolutely the best. She is so knowledgeable when she tell you something you can believe in it. 

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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 1% 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 in Florida. 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 life cycle, 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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Mr. Kovschak's Affiliations

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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.

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Sutton Law Firm's Complete Services

  • Mediated Divorce
  • Parenting Plans
  • Paternity
  • Post-Judgment Enforcement and Modifications
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Property Division
  • Time Sharing (Visitation)
  • Rehearing
  • Victims' Rights
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus

"I highly recommend Sutton Law Firm."


Heather Eckert

Bartow, FL


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I highly recommend Sutton Law Firm. Attorney Sutton and all the staff truly care about working towards the best outcome for their client. They kept me well informed during my litigation and they were always responsive to any forms of communication. If you’re looking for an attorney AND a firm that will support you through the marathon of litigation, Sutton Law will help you every step of the way.

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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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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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