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About Natalya Evans, Attorney

logo_iconI truly believe that families are better served through a peaceful resolution outside of the courts! 

– Natalya Evans, Esq

About Natalya Evans, Attorney

My Personal Background…

 

I’m not just a family law and estate planning attorney, I’m also someone who has actually been through a custody battle in court and have young children whose future I have to protect. I can honestly say – I know what you’re going through!

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, I moved to the United States with my family when I was 11 years old.  I speak fluent Russian and English and have worked hard to be able to do what I love and help other families resolve their family conflicts in the best way possible.

I earned my Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Stetson University in Deland, Fl.  I then attended Stetson University in Gulfport, FL where I earned my law degree along with a Master’s in Business Administration, MBA. When I was halfway through law school I became pregnant with twins and raised them as a single mom for 9 years.

My children’s dad had minimal involvement with them from the beginning and only for a brief period of time.  After going through the adversarial court process, which was the only option I was aware of at that time, he ultimately chose not to be involved in their lives.  I firmly believe that if we had the support that a collaborative team provides, he might have made a different decision and our children would not have missed out on having a father for so many years.

Luckily, I met and married a wonderful man who took in and raised my twins as his own and we added two more beautiful tots to the bunch.  Although our marriage ended up not working out, we worked out an amicable separation and are blessed to have made a very smooth transition for our children and to have a wonderful co-parenting relationship with each other.  I have experienced, professionally and personally, the difference in the outcomes for families fighting in court versus ones where families are empowered to make their own decisions for their family.  It is my mission to make the process as easy for your family as possible.

I also understand first hand the concerns that most adults have about what is going to happen to them and their assets in case of incapacity and to their family should something unthinkable happen to them.  I understand the importance of proper planning and use not only my legal knowledge and experience to assist clients but my personal understanding and compassion in helping them protect their family’s future.

Work Experience

I became a member of the Florida Bar in July 2009 and worked for a Civil Litigation Law Firm until October 2010, when I decided to start my own practice and focus primarily on helping families address their legal needs.

Through my own experience and the many family cases I’ve litigated over the years, I came to realize that families DO NOT belong in Court.  I knew there had to be a better way for families to resolve conflict.

Whether a custody battle or a battle over your loved one’s assets, litigation adds fuel to the fire of an already emotionally strained situation.  It is my passion to educate families to help them avoid conflict and if conflict arises, to resolve it peacefully and privately.  I have dedicated my practice to helping individuals establish proper plans to protect their loved ones in the event they are no longer here to do so themselves and assist families in resolving their family law related cases effectively, efficiently and peacefully.   Let us help you keep your family out of court and out of conflict with each other, because YOUR FAMILY MATTERS™!

 

As Featured in the Next Generation Divorce Member of the Month Profile: Natalya Soshnikova

 

“I would like to sincerely thank the board and all members for your support in helping organize the collaborative practice group in the 12th Judicial Circuit. I feel greatly honored to be recognized as the member of the month by a group of such outstanding professionals.” Natalya Evans

Natalya moved to the bay area in 1993 from St. Petersburg, Russia. After finishing Manatee High School, she went to Stetson University, where she earned her Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in Business Administration degrees. Natalya completed her legal education at Stetson University College of Law by earning a Juris Doctor degree in 2008. After working for a local firm practicing primarily in the area of insurance defense, she opened my own practice, Soshnikova Law Group, P.A. in October of 2010.

Initially, Natalya practiced in the area of insurance defense, but decided that this was not the direction that she wanted to take her practice. When starting her firm, Natalya decided that I wanted to not just practice law but to help people and to make a difference. As a mother of 7 year old twins, and having gone through family court with them, she felt that this is an area of law that I could do just that. However, after practicing for a couple of years, found the court process to be incredibly destructive to families and in the end caused more harm than necessary. Families that were already going through a tough time of separating were now caused to take adversary positions in court and fight over finances and their children, causing more strife and spending precious family life savings on attorney’s fees and court costs. The parties often times get so focused on winning or getting revenge that they lose sight of what is best for their children. Natalya found that Collaborative Divorce is a great alternative. She is very excited that Collaborative Law has finally taken off in the local area and to be able to offer this great option to the local families.