About Summer Nichols

Summer R. Nichols is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. Mrs. Nichols received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in English from Florida State University. Her outstanding achievements at Florida State won her the Florida Governor’s Scholarship to attend Florida Coastal School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree. Mrs. Nichols gained a wealth of experience while volunteering her services at Three Rivers Legal Aid in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and the Family and Child Advocacy Clinic during her second and third years of law school. While in the Clinic, Mrs. Nichols handled many cases, including dissolutions of marriage, child custody, and termination of parental rights. Upon becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Mrs. Nichols began her professional practice under senior attorney John C. Kenny at the Law Offices of John C. Kenny. While there, she continued to focus on family law matters. Within one month of her arrival, Mrs. Nichols won her first appeal before the First District Court of Appeals and continued to consistently secure favorable outcomes for her clients. In January, 2010, Mrs. Nichols opened the Law Office of Summer R. Nichols, LLC. Making the decision to hire a lawyer is a both a personal and professional one. Professionally, the attorney needs to be skilled in the particular area which you need representation. Family law is unique from any other type of practice and requires individuals who can excel in this particular area. Personally, you must feel comfortable working with the attorney you choose. As a little girl, Mrs. Nichols would assist her parents in their family business. As a result, the experience taught her the value of putting clients’ needs first and exceeding client expectations. The people she meets with in her office every day are going through some of the most difficult and emotional times of their lives, and she understands how important it is for them to feel comfortable with her and place their trust in her skills.

What is “dissipation of marital assets?”Dissipation of marital assets is “where one spouse uses marital funds for his or her own benefit and for a purpose unrelated to the marriage at a time when the marriage is undergoing an irreconciliable breakdown.”Rabbath v. Farid, 4 So. 3d 778, 780. For instance, dissipation occurs where a spouse…

A child support hearing officer in a Department of Revenue child support case may not deviate from the Child Support Guidelines based on any informal, or non-court ordered, parenting schedule between the parties.  Florida Department of Revenue OBO Johnson v. Zackery, Fla. 1st DCA Case No. 1D11-6359 (Fla. 1st DCA June 25, 2012).  Deviation from the child…

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