Lawrence S. Katz

Lawrence S. Katz: Attorney with Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A.
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  • Two Datran Center, Suite 1511, 9130 South Dadeland Boulevard, Miami, FL 33156-7814
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For 45 years, Lawrence S. Katz has helped clients in Florida, throughout the United States and abroad. He has earned an excellent reputation for providing knowledgeable, quality representation. As one of only a few attorneys in the country who handle complex international cases, Mr. Katz is committed to helping his clients achieve their goals.

Miami divorces and international family law attorneyFocusing on family law, complex jurisdictional issues, child abductions, and interstate and international family law, Lawrence S. Katz handles even the most complicated matters. He served as counsel of record, mentored or consulted in more than 250 Hague Convention and child abduction cases. Mr. Katz was the first attorney (and in the majority of cases, the only U.S. attorney) to recover children from:

Turkey (Non-Hague)



-Saudi Arabia


He has also secured the return of children from the United States to Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas and Russia. In doing so, he has at times assisted the Office of the U.S. Attorney, the FBI and the Canadian Minister of Justice.

Mr. Katz conducted the first mediation in a Hague case in a pilot program for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of State in November of 2005. He continues to mediate and frequently lectures on the subject.

Attorney Lawrence S. Katz has represented parents looking to relocate with their children from Miami to other countries after divorce, such as Germany, France, Belgium, Israel and Canada . In one case, he was appointed by the court as a guardian ad litem and was responsible for drafting the portions of the agreement and the final divorce decree pertaining to relocation, jurisdiction and enforcement. In 2012, he testified as an expert and prepared the final judgment of divorce provisions for the court permitting a mother to relocate to Argentina with her two minor children. Mr. Katz has also published an article on the issue of international relocation.

Divorce and relocation laws vary among states, just as they do among countries. Mr. Katz frequently represents clients in interstate relocation cases, as well.

Because of his long track record of success and extensive credentials, Lawrence S. Katz is well-respected among Florida family law attorneys and the judiciary. He has testified on numerous occasions as an expert witness on international matters, especially those concerning the Hague Abduction Convention, abduction factors and profiles, relocation, and drafting and enforcement of court orders. In addition, he serves as co-counsel, drafter of provisions of agreements, court orders and judgments, and consultant in international abduction cases, preventive measures, travel, relocation and jurisdictional matters.

Contact a dedicated Miami, Florida family law attorneyWhen you face a difficult family matter, you need a dedicated attorney on your side. We at The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. have helped innumerable clients solve family law problems since 1968. Our firm works to protect your family’s future. Call 786.991.2629 today or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Se habla espanol.

The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Areas of Practice (55)

  • Complex matrimonial matters
  • Custody, visitation and support
  • Interstate and international custody and support
  • Divorce/dissolution of marriage
  • International Family Law
  • Interstate and international child abduction
  • Parental Kidnapping
  • Domestic Torts
  • Paternity
  • Property and marital settlement agreements
  • Post- judgment enforcement and modification
  • Domestic violence
  • Family Law
  • Alimony
  • Annulment
  • Child Abduction
  • Child Care
  • Child Custody
  • Child Custody Mediation
  • Child Protection
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Support
  • Child Welfare
  • Day Care
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorce Taxation
  • Domestic Relations
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Family Mediation
  • Fathers Rights
  • International Child Abduction
  • International Child Custody
  • Interstate Child Custody
  • Interstate Support
  • Legal Separation
  • Marital Agreements
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Marital Property Law
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Matrimonial Law
  • No Fault Divorce
  • Parental Rights
  • Parenting Time
  • Post Divorce Modification
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Restraining Orders
  • Spousal Support
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Visitation Rights
  • High Asset Divorce
  • International Divorce
  • Foreign Prenuptial Agreements

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305-424-9763  Phone
305-670-1314  Fax
University Attended:
University of Miami, B.B.A., Phi Epsilon Pi Fraternity, 1965; University of Miami, B.B.A., President, 1965
Law School Attended:
University of Miami, J.D., Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, 1968
Year of First Admission:
1968, Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit; 1981, U. S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1974, U.S. Supreme Court
American Bar Association (Member: Sections on: Criminal {International Criminal Law Committee, 1971-1994; Criminal Defense Function Committee, 1989-1996}; Family {Committee on International Law, 1996-, Chairman 2007-2009, Immediate Past Chairman 2009-2010; Domestic Violence 2008-, Vice Chairman 2009-2011; Child Custody 2008-}; International Law {International Family Law Committee, 2004-, Steering Committee, 2007-2012); The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Criminal {Narcotics Practice Committee, 1988-1992}; Family {Mental Health Professional in Litigation, 1994-1996}; Domestic Violence, 1994-1996; Legislation, 1996-2005; Children's Issues, 2006-2010; Continuing Legal Education, 2006-2010); First Family Law American Inn of Court (President 2009-2010); International Society of Family Law.
2nd Lt., USAR (M.P.), 1965-1968
Reported Cases:
U.S. v. Hurtado, 779 F.2d 1467 (11th Cir. 1985); U.S. v. Munoz-Realpe, 21 F.3d 375 (11th Cir. 1994); Leslie v. Noble, 377 F.Supp. 2d 1232 (S.D. Fla. 2005); Marcos v. Haecker, 915 So. 2d 703 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005); In Re Cabrera, 323 F.Supp. 2d 1303 (S.D. Fla. 2004); In Re Arison-Dorsman, U.S. Dist. Lexis 9861, 32 Media L. Rep. 1699 (S.D. Fla. 2004); In Re DD, 440 F. Supp. 2d 1283 (MD Fla. 2006); Garcia v. Angarita, 440 F. Supp. 2d 1364 (S.D. Fla. 2006); Hanley v. Roy, 485 F.3rd 641 (11th Cir. 2007); Dyce v. Christie, 17 So. 3rd 892 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009); Abdo v. Ichai, 34 So. 3rd 13 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010); and, Sarpel v. Eflanli, 65 So. 3rd 1080 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011).
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  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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Miami, Florida

  • Miami, FL
    Two Datran Center, Suite 1511 , 9130 South Dadeland Boulevard
    Miami, FL 33156-7814

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