C. Debra Welch

Top rated Family Law attorney in Jupiter, Florida

The Law Firm of C. Debra Welch, P.A.
C. Debra Welch
The Law Firm of C. Debra Welch, P.A.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1993

Education: New England Law | Boston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024

The Law Firm of C. Debra Welch, P.A.

601 Heritage Dr
Suite 103
Jupiter, FL 33458 Visit website

Details

Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1993, C. Debra Welch limits her practice almost exclusively to complex family law matters including high net worth divorce, identification, classification, valuation and distribution of assets and liabilities, alimony, parental responsibility, parenting plans, time-sharing, relocation, child support, paternity, enforcement proceedings and all other aspects of divorce and post-judgment modification actions. Throughout her legal career, she has worked with forensic accountants, vocational evaluators, forensic psychologists and various other experts, based on the particular needs of her clients and what is required in order to prepare a case.

In addition to representing parties involved in litigation, Ms. Welch often serves as a guardian ad litem and an attorney ad litem for children. Children in need of a guardian ad litem or an attorney ad litem often have parents who are involved in high conflict divorce or post-final judgment litigation.

Since 2009,  Ms. Welch has also been a Supreme Court certified family mediator.  Working in this capacity, Ms. Welch assists other attorneys in resolving disputes.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Welch enjoyed a successful career in higher education which focused on direct service counseling, psychotherapy, and college student development. During that time, she presented and guest lectured for numerous organizations and at various academic institutions. Since becoming an attorney, Ms. Welch continued her work in higher education by serving as an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach State College (f/k/a Palm Beach Community College (PBCC)) where she taught Family Law in the college’s paralegal program (1999-2010).

Ms. Welch’s office is located at 601 Heritage Dr, Ste. 209, Jupiter, FL 33458. She practices in Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward Counties.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1992, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://thewelchlawfirm.com/c-debra-welch/

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Financial Litigator, 2021 to 2023 - as certified by the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators 
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, 2009 to 2023     
  • United States Supreme Court, admitted 1998
  • The United States District Court District of Massachusetts, admitted 1993
  • Member, Florida Bar, admitted 1993   
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar, admitted 1992   
Honors/Awards:
  • Recipient of  The Honorable John L. Phillips Professionalism Award, 2019, The Susan Greenberg Family Law Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches
  • Family Law Pro Bono Award 2010, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
  • Recipient of The Honorable Ray McNeal Professionalism Award, 2019, The Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Selected to the Florida Super Lawyers List, every year from 2013 to 2023, Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida Legal Elite, Marital & Family, every year from 2019 to 2023  , Florida Legal elite, Marital & Family, Florida Trend
  • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, The National Advocates
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2017, 2018, Lawyer of Distinction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys, every year from 2017 to 2023, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyers, every year from 2018 to 2023, Palm Beach Illustrated
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Take Stock In Children, Palm Beach County, Board Member 2011 - 2016, Secretary 2015 - 2016, Executive Director Search Committee 2013 -2014 Coordinator, Back To School Fund Raising Event 2013 - 2023
  • Family Law Pro Bono Award, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2010
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Executive Council, 2012 - 2023 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Ad Hoc Advance Florida Registered Paralegals, 2020 - 2022 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Ad Hoc Constitutional Revision Committee, 2016 - 2018  
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Ad Hoc Mentoring, 2017 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Ad Hoc Mission Statement Committee, 2016 - 2017   
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Ad Hoc Guardian ad Litem Committee, Co-Chair 2021-2022   
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Ad Hoc Nomenclature, 2018-2020 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, ADR Committee, Vice-Chair, 2013 - 2014 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Children’s Issues Committee, Co-Chair,  2014 - 2015 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member 2009 - 2023, Special Advisor, 2017 - 2018  
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 - 2013  
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Secretary, 2010 - 2011 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee,  Florida Bar Liaison, 2012-2013 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Equitable Distribution Committee, 2019 - 2020 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Finance Committee,  2011 - 2013 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Law School Liaison, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Special Committee, 1998-1999 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Legislation Committee, 2010 - 2011, 2011 - 2012, 2013 - 2014, 2014 - 2015, 2018 to 2023
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee, 2010-2011 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Publications Committee, Co-Chair, 2017-2018 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Publications Committee, Co-Chair Bar Journal, 2016-2017
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Rules & Forms Committee, Co-Chair 2016 - 2018, Member, 2014 to 2019 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Rules & Forms Committee, Co-Vice Chair,  2015 - 2016 
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Sponsorship Committee, Secretary, 2013 - 2014 
  • Speaker/Presenter on Rebutting Rogue Reports Effective Cross Examination of Parenting Experts, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, The 45th Annual Institute, May 5, 2023, 2023
  • Program Chair, Moderator, and Guest Speaker for CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association Back by Popular Demand - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, May 13, 2022 , 2022
  • Speaker/Presenter on Speaking for Kids, Guardian ad Litem Training Program, November 21, 2015, October 22, 2016, August 23, 2019 , 2019
  • Program Chair and Moderator for CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, June 11, 2015 , 2015
  • Program Chair and Moderator for CLE Program, (Encore Presentation - Back by Popular Demand), Palm Beach County Bar Association - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, May 2022  , 2022
  • Speaker/Presenter, The Greatest Teacher is Experience: What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School and What You Can’t Learn From Books - C. Debra Welch, Esq. and Julia Wyda, Esq., Palm Beach County Bar Association - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, May 2022  , 2022
  • Speaker/Presenter on Affairs of State: His State, Her State, Home State - Dealing with UCCJEA & UIFSA Issues in Family Law Cases for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar, July 31, 2014 , 2014
  • Program Chair and Moderator for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - Who’s Who? And Why you Need to Know: Closely Held Corporations & Other Third Parties in Divorce, February 18, 2015 , 2015
  • Program Chair and Moderator for CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association - Post Judgment Issues: Modify This, Enforce That, and What Do You Mean I Have to Pay You?, April 4, 2014 , 2014
  • Program Chair and Moderator for CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association - Spying Spouses: Divorce in a World of Cyber Warfare and e-Everything, November 8, 2013, 2013
  • Speaker/Presenter on Interviewing Parents and Others: Figuring Out His Side, Her Side, and the Truth for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - Family Law Guardian Ad Litem Pilot Training Program, October 25, 2013, 2013
  • Co-chair for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - How NOT to Get Beaten Up in Domestic Violence Court, October 9, 2013, 2013
  • Speaker/Presenter on Initial Pleadings and Discovery for CLE Program, Foxmoor Continuing Education - 1st Annual Florida Family Law Conference: Handling a Divorce Case from Start to Finish, June 11, 2013, 2013
  • Moderator for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - The Shield and The Sword: Protecting Yourself and Your Client in the Practice of Family Law, October 12, 2012, 2012
  • Moderator for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - Family Law Trial Skills: The Basics and Beyond, May 9, 2012, 2012
  • Susan Greenberg American Family Law Inn of the Palm Beaches, President, 2017 to 2019 , 2019
  • Susan Greenberg American Family Law Inn of the Palm Beaches, Vice President, 2016  , 2016
  • Susan Greenberg American Family Law Inn of the Palm Beaches, Treasurer, 2013 - 2015, 2015
  • Susan Greenberg American Family Law Inn of the Palm Beaches, Founding Master, November 2013 - Present, 2023
  • Susan Greenberg American Family Law Inn of the Palm Beaches, Co-Chair Mentoring Program, 2019 - to present - includes creating, implementing as assessing mentoring program , 2023
  • South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group, Co-Vice President, 2014 - 2015, 2015
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Unified Family Court Practice Committee, 1997 - Present , 2023
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee - Family Law, Chair 2013 -2015, 2015
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, 2011-2013, 2015-2016, 2021-2022, 2022
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee - Family Law, Chair 2021 to Present, 2023
  • Palm Beach State College Paralegal Program Business Partnership Council 2010 - to present, 2023
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Taught Family Law and Business Law II.   , Adjunct Faculty, Palm Beach State College, f/k/a Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Moderator for CLE Program, Family Law Trial Skills: The Basics and Beyond, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar, 2012
  • Moderator for CLE Program, The Shield and The Sword: Protecting Yourself and Your Client in the Practice of Family Law, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar, 2013
  • Speaker/Presenter , Initial Pleadings and Discovery for CLE Program, Foxmoor Continuing Education - 1st Annual Florida Family Law Conference: Handling a Divorce Case from Start to Finish, 2013
  • Co-chair for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - How NOT to Get Beaten Up in Domestic Violence Court, October 9, 2013, 2013
  • Speaker/Presenter , Interviewing Parents and Others: Figuring Out His Side, Her Side, and the Truth for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - Family Law Guardian Ad Litem Pilot Training Program, October 25, 2013, 2013
  • Program Chair and Moderator , CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association - Spying Spouses: Divorce in a World of Cyber Warfare and e-Everything, November 8, 2013, 2012
  • Program Chair and Moderator , CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association - Post Judgment Issues: Modify This, Enforce That, and What Do You Mean I Have to Pay You? April 4, 2014, 2014
  • Speaker/Presenter , Affairs of State: His State, Her State, Home State - Dealing with UCCJEA & UIFSA Issues in Family Law Cases for CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar, July 31, 2014, 2014
  • Program Chair and Moderator , CLE Program, Family Law Section/The Florida Bar - Who’s Who? And Why you Need to Know: Closely Held Corporations & Other Third Parties in Divorce, February 18, 2015, 2015
  • Program Chair and Moderator , CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, June 11, 2015, 2015
  • Speaker/Presenter, The Greatest Teacher is Experience: What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School and What You Can’t Learn from Books - C. Debra Welch, Esq. and Julia Wyda, Esq., Palm Beach County Bar Association - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, May 2022, 2022
  • Program Chair and Moderator , for CLE Program, (Encore Presentation - Back by Popular Demand), Palm Beach County Bar Association - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, May 2022
  • Speaker/Presenter , Speaking for Kids, Guardian ad Litem Training Program, November 21, 2015, October 22, 2016, August 23, 2019, August 25, 2023
  • Program Chair, Moderator, and Guest Speaker , CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association Back by Popular Demand - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, May 13, 2022, 2022
  • Speaker/Presenter on Rebutting Rogue Reports Effective Cross Examination of Parenting Experts, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, The 45th Annual Institute, May 5, 2023, 2023
  • Guardian Ad Litem Expert/Participant, Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Workshop, July 15, 2023, 2013
Educational Background:
  • Georgia State University, M. Ed., Counseling, 1981
  • New England School of Law,  Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1992
  • Stetson University, B.A. in Psychology, 1979

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Debra Welch is one of the finest, most well respected, and talented family law attorneys in this State! Her attention to detail is second to none and it shows in her application of the law to the facts of her case.”

Office location for C. Debra Welch

601 Heritage Dr
Suite 103
Jupiter, FL 33458

Phone: 561-687-7900

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12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024

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