More than 30 years of specializing in family law has given Mary Cay Landt the expertise to not just represent her clients but to dole out some good advice.
Divorce. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Parenting Issues. Child support. Alimony. Paternity. These are the kinds of issues a family law attorney deals with every day, and they’re also the most common reasons most of us may find ourselves involved with the court system.
“For about the last 30 years I’ve practiced exclusively family law,” says the Gainesville native. “My office has always been here in Marion County,” she continues, adding that the vast majority of her clients are in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which consists of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.
Most of Landt’s clients are involved in divorce proceedings. That means they have everything at stake—from their finances and homes to their children. When they come to her, she’s in a unique position to offer them some sage advice. “I really do believe I’m helping people get through a bad situation,” she explains. “I don’t encourage people to get divorced, but by the time people end up in my office, the damage has already been done. I explore with them what it’s going to look like if they get divorced so they can make a rational decision.”
According to Landt, family law is much more nuanced than many people realize and there are many common misconceptions, such as: equal time-sharing (custody) is the law; if you have equal time-sharing there is no child support; and there is no more alimony, to name a few. “One of the most important things I do for a client is debunk the legal myths and tell them the truth, as it applies to their case. At the end of the day, that’s what they really need.”
Landt is also invested in the community she serves and generously gives of her time to many great organizations, such as Altrusa International. “I’m a past president,” she explains. “We’re very involved in literacy and are recently doing more with veterans. I feel very strongly about the work Altrusa does. I’m also currently on the board of the PACE Center for Girls and a member of the Ocala Women’s Network. “I was a two-term chairman of the foundation board for the College of Central Florida during the time they built the Ewers Center and acquired the Appleton Museum back from FSU.”
Lastly, and most importantly, Landt has led her peers as chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Marion County Bar Association for the past nine years, let her put her experience to work for you.
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