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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 Miles Brown ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    Susan Chesnutt is absolutely amazing at what she does! She cares about her clients and the kids! I couldn’t ask for better … More representation and advice. Her team is top notch and thorough to say the least. With this combined knowledge, experience, and passion you can rest assured that you have a great and powerful force of good that will fight for you and your kids. Thank you so much Susan and team from the bottom of my heart!
  • Avatar Ricardo Torres ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    One of the best decisions I have ever made is to have made contact with Susan Chesnutt and her law firm. Life is full of … More surprises and challenges but when your own children are involved is just a total different monster. Susan and her team made me feel comfortable and filled with hope from the very beginning. The end result is worth every single second of the legal process. Her staff is knowledgeable, professional, warm and understanding. I couldn't be happier with the way they executed my case. My children are set now into a much better situation. I recommend Susan and her team 100%. Thank you Susan
  • Avatar Chelsea Peck-Day ★★★★★ a month ago
    I had trouble filing a report with the sheriff concerning an incident with my child, and they were able to resolve it and … More get the ball rolling in less than 24 hours. These people care about the welfare of a child and don't hesitate to jump in and make sure all is well.
  • Avatar Danielle Haddad ★★★★★ 3 months 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 ★★★★★ 5 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.

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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