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Cynthia Stump Swanson

Cynthia Stump Swanson

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Adoption, Appeals

About Me

Law Practice

Our firm handles all types of matters for families and individuals who are undergoing transitions in their lives which may be related to marriage, adoption, divorce, or death of a loved one.  I greatly enjoy my practice of law in Gainesville.  We have a very high quality bar and judiciary, and it is a pleasure to do what you enjoy in an ejoyable setting.  In addition, we have developed a wonderful team in our office.  I have pracrticed law here for almost 30 years, and handle all types of family law, adoption, and appellate matters.  Darcy Kochanowsky, our adoption paralegal has been with this firm for over ten years. David Pugh, our marital law paralegal, has an extensive background in preparation of financial documents and required disclosurs. We work together as a team, so the right person is always available to our clients.


Family and Fun

I try to balance work with some play.  I have one daughter who is a talented hair stylist.  I have one dog at home who loves to take walks, and also I often doggie-sit for my daughter's dog.  He has lots of skin allergies, so walks with him are more challenging.  I also am a pretty active tennis player, and involved in local USTA leagues.  Our local teams have won our league championship a few times and trips to Daytona Beach to play at the beautiful tennis center there for sectional playoffs is always fun.


Travel and Photography

I also enjoy traveling, and have taken marvelous trips to Tanzania, Patagonia, Costa Rica, France, and Italy.  In addition, in order to exercise the other side of my brain, I belong to a local photo club and we do quite a few outings each year and show our best photos at meetings.  I have become nearly addicted to using Photoshop Elements and really enjoy scrapbooking the photos from my trips.  I've also become the de facto historian of my family.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Divorce & Separation: 60%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Adoption: 25%
    32 years, 500 cases
  3. Appeals: 15%
    22 years, 30 cases



Hourly ($350-400/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Sharon T. Sperling

    Cynthia is sharp, smart and committed to maintaining the highest standards of practice. I never hesitate to refer people to Cynthia because I know that her clients benefit from her mastery of the law and her professionalism. She has always been ready to take on complex legal challenges. She has been a leader in service to the bar and the community.


    Sharon Sperling Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Catherine Holly Yach Gleason

    I endorse Ms. Swanson. She has always been a pleasure to work with. Whether we are working towards a common goal or on opposite sides of a case, Ms. Swanson is always a strong and caring advocate for her clients while maintaining the respect of her peers and opposing counsel. Ms. Swanson is highly experienced and someone I have turned to with questions in the past. I would recommend Ms. Swanson without any resevation whatsoever.


    Catherine Gleason Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2830 NW 41st St Ste M
Gainesville, Florida, 326066667


FLMember in Good Standing198205/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Board Certified - Adoption LawFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2011
Member of Inaurgural Adoption Law Certification CommitteeFlorida Bar2010
CertificateInternational Association for Collaborative Practice2009
FellowAmerican Academy of Adoption Attorneys2007
President's Pro Bono AwardFlorida Bar2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/OwnerSwanson & Sperling, P.A.1991 - 2002
AttorneyCynthia Stump Swanson, P.A.1982 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Gainesville Collaborative Divorce TeamMember2008 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2007 - Present
James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of CourtBarrister2005 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow2004 - Present
Florida Adoption CouncilMember2001 - Present
Pilot Club of Greater GainesvillePresident1997 - 1998
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In Re: Adoption of Doe, 543 So. 2d 741 (Fla. 1989).Father's pre-birth activities used to help determine abandonment
Edgar v. Edgar, 677 So.2d 1359 (Fla. 1st DCA 1996)Wife was able to modify rehabilitative alimony
Neely v. Neely, 691 So.2d 39 (Fla. 1st DCA 1997)Modification of child custody was not allowed

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
Florida Family Law ReporterSpecific Performance of Adoption Contracts: A Public Policy Question or Just Another Contract Issue?1988
Florida Bar JournalAdoption: Proving Abandonment by a Natural Parent Who Fails or Refuses to Consent to an Adoption1986

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Florida State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1975

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
PresentationChanges to Florida's alimony laws2012
Legal SeminarTypes of Alimony Available in Florida2012

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