Matthew J Ausley

Matthew J Ausley

Flat fees for all Family Law cases.
  • Family Law, Divorce
  • Florida
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Biography

I started a Family Law firm called Good Life Legal. If you can't tell from the name, we are a little bit different. Here's how:

1) We charge flat fees - this means you know exactly what representation will cost on day 1. Would you hire someone to build you a house and pay them by the hour? Neither would we. So, why would you hire an attorney that way?

2) We only take 30 clients per attorney - this means you will have access to an attorney who will know who you are and have time to work on your case.

3) We focus on Divorce-Related Family Law - this means we spend time on basically one thing, Divorce-Related Family Law, and aren't distracted with other things.

If you have questions, we would love to talk to you. Please give me a call: 850-362-7228 or send me an e-mail: Matt@GoodLife.Legal. If you send me an e-mail, make sure to say you got my e-mail from Justia. That way I won't delete it thinking it is SPAM.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Same Sex Family Law
    Divorce
    Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
The Florida Bar
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Owner
Good Life Legal
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Partner
Anchors Smith Grimsley, PLC
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Attorney
The Critzer Law Firm
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Intern
U.S. District Court
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Intern
Holland & Knight
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Education
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D. (2014) | Law
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Honors: cum laude
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Asbury College
B.A. (2004) | Business Management
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Awards
Above and Beyond Service
FCSL Student Ambassadors
Professional Associations
Jacksonville Bar Association
Member
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Walton County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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The Florida Bar  # 0117362
Member
- Current
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Okaloosa Bar Association
Member
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Speaking Engagements
How to stay married, Creating Unstoppable Relationships Summit
Websites & Blogs
Website
Good Life Legal's Home
Blog
Good Life Legal's Blog
Legal Answers
14 Questions Answered
Q. it's my turn to claim my daughter, but father won't give me 1095A to file. He has insurance for her. what do i do?
A: You are asking a little bit of a tax question and a little bit of a Family Law question. The place to start is to look at the language of the court order that directs the actions of the parties. What the order specifically says will be very important. You can file a motion for enforcement if he is refusing to do what he is required to do by the order. Sometimes, it is possible to recover money if you were entitled to it in the order and he didn't comply with the order. Most Family Law attorneys could make quick work of this with a simple hearing in front of the judge.
Q. Can I sue Department of Children and Families for lying about me on an investigation report?
A: Anybody can sue anybody at any time. Whether that would result in anything positive for you is a very different question. From the information you have shared, it doesn't sound like you will get what you want by trying to sue DCF. But set a consultation with an attorney if you are committed to the idea. Now, getting your children back is much more likely. The goal of the system is reunification. Unless your parental rights have been terminated, there should be a plan for you to follow to get your children back. Start by going to the courthouse and getting copies of all the documents in your case. Read them. Typically, you will have been assigned an attorney. If so, contact that person. If not, ask the clerk to help you set a hearing in your case and just ask the judge what you need to do. You probably can get your children back if you just get involved in the process and do what they tell you to do. It may be difficult and uncomfortable, but I find that life is frequently that way. Best of luck. You can do this.
Q. My child’s father has not filed taxes since 2017. It is technically his year to file. Can I claim our child?
A: Generally, violating a court order is a bad idea. So, I wouldn't suggest you do that. The wording of your judgment or agreement will be critical. Consider having an attorney look at it to see if there is a solution to the problem already in there somewhere. Sometimes, settlement agreements have language that will resolve issues like this. If there is nothing in the agreement, you might just try filing a motion to see if the judge will allow you to claim a benefit that would otherwise be lost due to the inactions of the father. The worst that can happen is the judge denies the motion.
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Contact & Map
Good Life Legal *By Appointment Only*
10151 Deerwood Park Boulevard,
Building 200, Suite 250
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Telephone: (904) 999-4010
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Good Life Legal *By Appointment Only*
13 Palafox Place
Suite #1048
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: (850) 362-7228
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are located in the Cowork Annex building.
Good Life Legal
114 East Cedar Avenue
Suite #201
Crestview, FL 32536
Telephone: (850) 362-7228
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are located in the Courthouse Suites building.