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Going through a divorce can be a trying experience, whether you’re on good terms with your spouse or not. Even if the divorce is mutually agreed on and the marriage is coming to an end on good…

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Our Priorities

Here at the Chesnutt Law Firm, we strive to help our clients achieve the legal results that they are seeking and to provide professional legal assistance in a variety of family law and criminal law related cases. One of the main priorities at our family law firm is to ensure that each and every client receives the personal attention that their case deserves. For us, it’s not just about padding our settlement stats or trial record, it’s about making sure that you have someone you can trust and rely on to work for your best interests.

A Passion for Child Welfare


Susan Chesnutt has a unique experience, as she was taken away from her parents as a child and put into protective care through the Department of Children and Family Services in Florida. She has firsthand experience in the aftermath of these accusations and living what happens to children who are separated from their parents. It can be traumatic to be removed from the only home that you know and lose access to parents. Susan’s experience in the system has given her a passion for protecting children and protecting families.

Our Legal Services at The Chesnutt Law Firm

We provide comprehensive family law and criminal law services to clients throughout Florida. Our extensive experience and familiarity with Florida state law allows us to provide professional legal counseling in any matter concerning family law or criminal law.

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  • Avatar Danielle Haddad ★★★★★ a month ago
    There are few things in life that are more stressful than filing for divorce when you know it will be contentious and drawn … More out, and when kids are involved. I could not recommend the Chesnutt Law Firm more highly! From their kindness & honesty from the initial consultation, to their quick & thorough response when issues arose, the divorce process was made as seamless & painless as possible, given my unique circumstances. The app for documentation & the way their entire team works together to support all of your needs is a major bonus to their efficient & adept work at finishing my case with the best possible outcome for me & my family. Do not hesitate to put your confidence in this law firm. They will fight for you & for everything that matters to you.
  • Avatar Eric Sinner ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Susan and the Chesnutt Law Firm are, hands down, the best choice for your family's legal representation. My case was … More complex, with a spiteful, malicious ex-spouse and opposing counsel in Martin County. I was VERY nervous about acquiring representation due to limited involvement in the judicial system and lack of knowledge of local family lawyers. The divorce case was just over 1.5 years long, and Susan has been with me every step of the way. Multiple law enforcement agencies and DCF showed up to my doorstep on MANY occasions with false accusations from my ex-spouse. Susan, and her team, would communicate with me constantly about managing and proceeding with these situations and hearings. My kids were withheld from me for almost a year, which was the most challenging part of the process. But, Susan and the team reinforced the idea of overcoming the obstacles throughout such a trying and stressful time in my life. On the week of the trial, Susan brought Philip Castrovinci to the team after unsuccessful negotiations. Susan and Phil absolutely CRUSHED the opposing counsel with knowledge of evidence, rebuttal questioning tactics, and overall fierceness in court. Not only was the opposing counsel left stunned, but we received most of what we were asking for from the judge. We left the courtroom with huge smiles, and I was ecstatic that I would be able to see my kids again.
    The advice I can give you is ALWAYS be as helpful as possible to your lawyer and their team. Divorce and custody battles will be the most stressful time(s) of your life. There will be many sleepless nights and self-doubt, but you CAN overcome it. Be organized with your evidence, note everything that happens between you and your ex, and do your due diligence. Everybody's situation is different, but the overall goal is to improve your future for yourself and/or your kid(s). Having the Chesnutt Law Firm represent me has been the best decision I have made in an uncertain time. I would also like to give a HUGE thank you to Kristen (awesome paralegal), Arieana (new lawyer and addition to the team), Phil, Joanna, and Autumn. Without the proactive team and Susan, I would have been in a way worse spot. This is not a "checkbox" law firm; I highly recommend using them for family legal representation.
  • Avatar Trey Williams ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    I want to start off by saying find a law firm to represent a now single father is extremely hard. Going into this process … More is scary when all you want to to be is with your son. Provide and give them opportunities that you may of never had show them love. Even though it may of not worked out for his mother and I wanted the best for my son. Chestnutt law firm Did just that. They allowed me to express my concerns, yes it was a bumpy road but they stuck by me understanding that I have never been through this process before. Chestnut law firm called with updates,pointed me in the right direction and looked out for our best interests. I am glad to say I as a single Father was appointed 50/50 and it’s all thanks to chestnutt law firm . I am forever thankful for the hard work this legal team put into our life’s.
  • Avatar Brandon Johnson ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    This is a firm that cares, Family court is a place that settles disputes between parents. In Indian River County where I … More needed affective council in the City of Vero Beach, Florida I was referred to this Law Firm By an outstanding lawyer by the name of Ryan S. DiGiovanni. After years of effective leadership and representation as well as due diligence of mentoring and advocacy by Susan Chesnutt and her colleagues including Philip Castrovinci the family matter that I was summoned to testify my affairs, the matter was resolved in favor of all parties. You can’t find a better team then The Chesnutt Law Firm, they go above and beyond and know the law. Hands down wonderful work producing fabulous results. The best, take the time and call this firm to today and get your case heard!
  • Avatar Pedro Bernabe ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    I do appreciate the dedication to do what is right for the clients. I have nothing but the outmost respect for how quick … More they are to respond to a person that needs their services. Susan and her team have help my family through a rough situation and thanks to her we are better today!

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Where compassion results in aggressive representation.
Christine Sanchez
Christine Sanchez
Fortunately, my family did not need a lawyer due to charges being dropped but I would recommend anyone to Susan! She... was professional in every aspect and completely straight forward. You can tell this is her passion and will go any length for her clients. Even on the weekends out of business hours she was in contact with me. I’ll forever be grateful for her more
Bob Turski
Bob Turski
Exceeded my expectations!In transitioning the experience of an ever changing world, I seek professionals not only for... their experience, but also their ability to understand my personal situation.The Chesnutt Law Firm is a tightly woven network of highly professional attorneys and staff professionals who walked me through a difficult process, coaching and reassuring me every step of the way.I knew Susan Chesnutt was the right attorney for me the moment I met her, and I appreciated her and her staff keeping me in the loop about filed papers and every little step that needed to be handled to move our case forward to absolute success. I wouldn't hire anyone else. If you want a great criminal and family law attorney, hire this firm.Highly recommended!You are in good hands with Chesnutt Law!”Bob more
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
I hired Susan Chesnutt for a family case. She was referred by a different law firm. They told me she was a pitbull and... is very passionate about her work. She fought tooth and nail for me in trial and I was very pleased with my out come. She is not afraid to fight for you even against the judge lol. She knows when to be quiet and knows when to be heard. Thank you for more
Selina Wiggins
Selina Wiggins
Honesty. Integrity. Professional. With Chesnutt Law Firm I got this and more. Treated first class and like I’m family.... Confident about my more

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Florida Bar Association
St. Lucie County Bar Association
Indian River County Bar Association
Indian River County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Our Expertise

Family Law      •      Child Welfare      •      Collaborative Process      •      Mediation      •      Criminal Law      •      Personal Injury