Karen Middlekauff concentrates her practice on marital and family law matters, including dissolution of marriage, alimony, asset and liability distribution, attorneys' fees actions, establishment of paternity/parentage, child support, child custody, visitation, modification and enforcement of alimony and child support, and time-sharing arrangements. Karen additionally handles prenuptial agreements and domestic violence injunctions.
Karen has extensive experience in large-scale marital and family law litigation. However, Karen recognizes that every case is different, and as a result, she offers a wide array of options for how to proceed each individual matter, ranging from traditional litigation, mediation and private negotiation, and by utilizing the collaborative process.
In the collaborative process, each party has his or her own attorney, along with a neutral financial professional and counselor. The participants follow a protocol to develop resolution options to work collaboratively towards the dissolution of marriage, as opposed to the traditional adversarial process.
Educational & Professional Background
Karen graduated cum laude from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. She graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Delaware. In law school she competed on the University of Florida Trial Team and worked in the Criminal Defense Clinic of the Public Defenders’ offices in Alachua and Orange counties. Karen is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida.
Community & Professional Involvement
Karen is a proud member of the board of directors for the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. Karen also is a member of the Florida Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida, serving on its membership committee. She is actively involved with the Orange County Bar Association and is an editor of its publication, The Briefs.
Karen is a native of the great state of Pennsylvania. In her spare time she enjoys spinning, baking, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins.