, November of 2019atalya Evans was halfway through law school when she became pregnant with twins. Unmarried and unsure, Natalya used the traditional court process to address issues related to her children.
“After going through the adversarial court process, my kids’ father ultimately chose not to be involved in their lives. I ﬁrmly believe that if we had the support that a collaborative team would provide, he might have made a different decision and our children would not have missed out on having a father for so many years,” says Natalya.
In 2010, Natalya opened her own practice located in downtown Sarasota. After seeing the dramatic difference in families going through the destructive litigation process versus those re-solving their case amicably, Natalya decided she would educate herself in collaborative law. In collaborative law, attorneys are involved, just as they are in litigation cases, but they serve as advisors to each party. It affords an opportunity for each party to have a voice, learn co-parenting skills, and much more.
In 2016, Natalya decided to dedicate her practice to helping families. She renamed her practice as Your Family Matters, PA.
Natalya is a member of the Florida Bar as well as the United States Supreme Court Bar. She has been an active member of the John M. Scheb Inn of Court for nine years. Natalya is active in various local groups that promote community education, including the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Family Court Professionals Collaborative, Sarasota County Bar Association and Next Generation Divorce. Natalya is on the advisory board for the Keiser University Paralegal studies program as well as the Florida Council for History Education. Natalya is also a fellow in the Inaugural Leadership Academy of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Natalya met her husband, Jason, in 2012 and in addition to twins, 13, Natalya and Jason have two children together: An-drew, 4, and Juliette, 2.
To further her mission to serve the community, Natalya expects to open the Mediation & Collaborative Center of Sarasota in December 2019. She plans to offer educational opportunities to the community such as estate planning seminars and workshops for families as well as a resource library.
For an estate planning consultation or to book an educational seminar, call (941) 275-2785 or visit www.YourFamily.Legal.
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