C. Debra Welch

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The Law Firm of C. Debra Welch, P.A.
 | 2701 PGA Boulevard, Suite C
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Phone: 561-687-7900
Fax: 561-687-7943
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

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 2701 PGA Boulevard, Suite C, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.  She practices in Palm Beach, Martin, and Broward Counties.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Father's Rights

Focus Areas

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

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About Debra Welch

Admitted: 1993, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.palmbeachdivorces.com

Honors/Awards:

  • Family Law Pro Bono Award,Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Member, Massachusetts Bar, 1992 to Present
  • Member, The Florida Bar, 1993 to Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar.  Equitable Distribution Committee, Vice Chair 2014-2015
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2016      
  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1998 to present
  • Speaker on Interviewing Parents and Others: Figuring Out His Side, Her Side, and the Truth for CLE Program, The Florida Bar - Family Law Guardian Ad Litem Training Program.  October 25, 2013, November 21, 2015
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member 2009 - present
  • Speaker on Affiars of State: His State, Her State, Home State - Dealing With UCCJEA & UIFSA Issues In Family Law Cases, CLE Program, The Florida Bar.  July 31, 2014
  • Adjunct Faculty, Palm Beach State College (f/k/a Palm Beach Community College), 1999 - 2010 (Taught Family Law)      
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Finance Committee, Member 2011-2013
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Constitutional Revisions Committee, Member 2017 - 2018
  • Palm Beach State College Paralegal Program Business Partnership Council, 2010 - present  
  • Moderator for CLE Program - Family Law Trial Skills: The Basics and Beyond, May 9, 2012
  • Susan Greenberg American Family Law Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches, Inaugural Member 2013, Treasurer 2013 - 2016, Vice President 2016 - 2018, President 2017 - Present
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Executive Council, Member 2012 - present      
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar. Rules and Forms Committee, Vice-Chair, 2015-2016 and Member 2014-2016
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Unified Family Court Practice Committee 1997 to present
  • Co-Chair for CLE program, The Florida Bar - How NOT to Get Beaten Up in Domestic Violence Court.  October 9, 2013
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chair 2013 - 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
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Legislation Committee, Member 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2015, 2018 - Present
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, ADR Committee, Vice-Chair 2013 - 2014
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Bar Journal Committee for Publications Committee, Co-Chair 2016 - 2017
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee, 2010 - 2011      
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Special Committee, Law School Liaison 1998 - 1999
  • The Florida Bar, Continuing Education Committee, Member 2018 - Present
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee Co-Chair (2011 - 2013)      
  • Speaker for CLE Program, 1st Annual Florida Family Law Conference: Handling a Divorce Case from Start to Finish, June 11, 2013
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee 2002 to 2015      
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar.  Children's Issues Committee, Co-Chair 2014-2015
  • Admitted to practice before The United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1993 to Present
  • Moderator for CLE Program, Palm Beach County Bar Association - Spying Spouses: Divorce in a World of Cyber Warfare and e-Everything.  November 8, 2013
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar. Rules & Forms Committee, Co-Vice Chair 2015-2016; Co-Chair 2016 - 2018, Member 2014 - present
  • The Florida Bar Liaison - Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Publications Committee, Co-Chair 2017 - 2018
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee  - Secretary 2010 - 2011      
  • The Florida Bar, Sponsorship Committee, Secretary 2013 - 2014
  • Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Special Advisor 2017 - 2018
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee. Program Committee Member for CLE program - Mission Possible: Temporary Relief in 30 Minutes, June 11, 2015
  • Moderator for CLE Program - The Shield and The Sword: Protecting Yourself and Your Client in the Practice of Family Law, October 12, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Take Stock In Children, Palm Beach County, Board Member, 2011 - 2016

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
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Office Location for C. Debra Welch

2701 PGA Boulevard
Suite C
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Phone: 561-687-7900

Fax: 561-687-7943

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Last Updated: 1/30/2019

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