Paul Michael McDermott

Paul Michael McDermott

McDermott Law Offices, PLLC, a Florida Marital and Family Law Firm
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Florida, Virginia
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Paul M. McDermott, Esq., practices exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law. He has experience in litigation, mediation, and collaboration. After practicing law in Virginia for many years as a trial lawyer, he relocated to Florida and founded McDermott Law Offices, PLLC and now practices exclusively in the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida, which includes Manatee County and Sarasota County.

Mr. McDermott is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. He is also trained in Collaborative Divorce Law, an emerging field within the Alternative Dispute Resolution realm focused on resolving cases with a "team" approach where the parties and their attorneys employ professionals as needed from varying disciplines (e.g., CPA, Financial Planner, Mental Health, etc...) who collaborate with a Facilitator (often times a mediator) and attempt to resolve a family law case in a more transparent, respectful and cost-effective manner, unlike the traditional litigation model. To read more about this approach, visit:

Mr. McDermott is dedicated to advocating your cause to the fullest extent of the law. Attorney Paul McDermott has personally represented more than 1,500 clients and is ready to put his experience to work for you. To discuss the best strategy for your case, call today for a consultation at (941) 225-2550.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $150.00 consultation fee (consult fee is applied toward retainer amount if you retain our firm);
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
McDermott Law Offices, PLLC (FL)
- Current
Florida Marital and Family Law (Lakewood Ranch, FL)
Managing Partner
Beaulieu Law Group, P.A. (FL)
Palm Beach County, FL
Paul M. McDermott, P.C. (VA)
Associate Attorney
Gross & Robinson, PC (VA)
Marital and Family Law, Criminal Law (Prince William County, VA)
Regent University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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University of Wisconsin - Madison
B.A. | History and Sociology- Double Major
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Professional Associations
Sarasota County Bar Association Family Law Section
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Activities: Member
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12th Circuit Family Court Professionals Collaborative
Board Member
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Activities: Board Member
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Manatee County Bar Association
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Activities: Member
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Next Generation Divorce
- Current
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Florida State Bar Family Law Section
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Activities: Member
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Speaking Engagements
Overview of Florida Divorce Law, Chamber of Commerce, Delray Beach, FL
Chamber Of Commerce
Presentation on overview of Florida Marital and Family Law;
Guardian ad litem
Supreme Court of Virginia
Family Law Mediator
Supreme Court of Florida
Websites & Blogs
Florida Family Law Attorney
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. How long before a husband with a substantial involuntary income decrease can take ex wife back to court
A: No specific time requirement. Just need to file based on substantial, unanticipated, and permanent change in circumstances. Sounds like you have grounds to file a petition.
Q. If my husband files for divorce can I request counseling
A: Counseling by the parties would be on a voluntary basis only. The Court won't order him to counseling.
Q. if your spouse of 30+ years cheats on you, what are you entitled to?
A: Florida is a "no fault" divorce state so you do not need to prove adultery in order to obtain a divorce. Generally an equitable distribution of property is "50-50." If your spouse has "dissipated" marital assets on this new relationship, then the Court may award an "unequal" division of assets, but this is rare. The Court may also award alimony to you. Every case is different and the financial interests of the parties would need to be determined before a full analysis can be completed of your case.
Q. If my ex has temporary custody of our two kids do i still have to pay him 1/2 of expences per the MSA/PP?
A: Review the Order MSA/PP to fully understand the obligations of the parties. If he is in breach, then file your own Motion for Enforcement and/or Contempt against him for violating the Agreement and/or Order.
Q. Would my husband get money from me if I have our child?
A: It depends on what you mean by "have." Florida Child Support calculations are based on the income of both parties and the amount of overnights each parent has. You would have to provide me the amount of overnights each parent has to determine the answer.
Q. is my current wife entitled to any of my pension if I was receiving it before we met and were married?
A: Probably not. Pensions are a "property" interest in divorce law. The first step in an equitable distribution analysis is to determine whether the property item is marital or non-marital. If the pension was earned entirely prior to the marriage, then it is unlikely that your spouse would be entitled to any portion of the pension since the asset is non-marital and not subject to division. The second step after determining marital vs. non-marital property is to equitably divide the marital property. If some portion of the pension is considered "marital" meaning it was earned during the marriage, then the spouse's portion would have to be determined and then figure out how to compensate spouse for her portion. It doesn't appear that we need to analyze past step one and it should remain exclusively yours. Also note however, that your pension would be considered income to you and may be considered relevant to alimony considerations. Alimony eligibility is based on a variety of factors but comes down to her "need" and your "ability" to pay. If she "needs" alimony, and the Court determines you have an "ability" to pay, then the Court could order you to pay her alimony using your pension funds. Obviously, the unique facts of the case will govern the alimony analysis, but you should consult with an attorney to more fully analyze your situation and asset exposure.
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Contact & Map
6151 Lake Osprey Drive Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34240
Telephone: (941) 225-2550