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Elaine Terry Silver

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lake Mary, FL

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Law Office of Elaine T. Silver, Silver Divorce Center

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 20 years
    Connecticut - CT 46 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2004
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1977
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Elaine

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If you are reading this--you probably feel like your life is falling apart.  Divorce might be the last thing you thought would happen to you. Take a moment, take a breath, and then call me.  I can help you pick up the pieces and figure out how to move forward peacefully and efficiently. I'll put my years of experience to work for you and your family.  The process you use to navigate your divorce determines the outcome.  We have options to help you have a private, respectful, efficient divorce that honors your goals and your family. We can't change the past, but we can provide a path to change the future.  Call to learn more. 


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Elaine Terry Silver
1540 International Parkway Ste 2000
Lake Mary, FL, 32746


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mediator I can trust
Elaine was the answer to my problem. When we met with Elaine, she was compassionate about the situation. The divorce proceeding had already taken two years with no dissolution. I felt that there was no end in sight. We had two businesses that we had to separate. I was overwhelmed and exhausted holding up both business and having to deal with an X who was verbally abusive and drank profusely What I really appreciated about Elaine is that she was compassionate about the situation and fair to both sides. She made sure that we stuck to the issues and talked about what each of us wanted out of the mediation to come to an agreement. Divorce is never easy but, if you’re looking for a great mediator who you can trust, one who will treat you with respect as you walk through the negotiation process, give her a call. She is not all about the money. She truly cares about the people she helps to find a fair settlement.
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Response from Elaine Silver February 11, 2020
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Chris | September 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good collaborative attorney kept me focused on the right things during difficult process
The reason I hired Elaine Silver after meeting with several attorneys is that she did not treat the divorce as a contest that "my side" was trying to win, and she did not promise me it would be easy and I would get everything I wanted. Instead, she was respectful of the emotional difficulty of dividing a family, and she sought a settlement that was fair to my non-working ex-wife while also safeguarding my long-term financial independence. Elaine's reassurance helped cool me off when my ex-wife was being particularly inflammatory or uncooperative, and she had a wealth of interpersonal and emotional expertise for handling difficult negotiations, in addition to her legal expertise. All of this allowed us to reach a settlement without requiring the indignity and expense of a trial. Elaine is upfront and transparent about her fees; they are not the lowest around, but they are fair, and I never felt surprised or ambushed by a fee I didn't expect. She is not the type to bill you for a one-sentence e-mail or for picking up the phone for a thirty-second status update. I am happy with my choice of Elaine Silver to represent me in my divorce, and I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in keeping his divorce as civil, respectful, and amicable as possible. Update: Elaine was wonderful during the divorce process, but also afterward when I have had questions about how certain parts of my divorce agreement apply to new circumstances or how to handle certain curveballs thrown by my ex-wife. Her advice is always calming, de-escalating, and focused on the best outcomes for my children. Her fees continue to be reasonable. I am not happy that I have had need to consult with a lawyer even after the divorce was finalized, but I am happy that that lawyer was Elaine Silver.
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Response from Elaine Silver September 30, 2018
Thank you Chris for your kind words. I appreciate you trusting me with this most difficult life transition.
Posted by Priyanka | June 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
Elaine is thoroughly professional and very personable. I was able to put my trust in her from our first meeting as she guided me through the most difficult time of my life! Eventually she was more of a wise friend to me than a lawyer. While her field of work can be emotionally weighing on her, she struck a nice balance with me with her humor, knowledge and experience. In my experience, Elaine aimed at giving me not just a peaceful negotiation but a better life!
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Posted by Mike | May 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Elaine Silver is an amazing point of light for those needing peaceful divorce resolution or ongoing post divorce assistance. I’ve been treated with respect during a stressful time. She is able to get to the crux of the issue and watch out for the welfare of the client and children. She is respected by the Court Systems and is extremely knowledgable in the legal realm. This tied with her compassion causes me to highly recommend Elaine as an Amazing professional to have in your corner.
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Response from Elaine Silver May 7, 2020
Thanks so much Mike. I very much appreciate your kind words.
Posted by Angela | March 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Just taking a few minutes made a difference
After writing a question on AVVO, I called the office of Elaine Silver to ask if my question was received as the site was not providing a “message sent” confirmation. Elaine answered and was so gracious to help with my question over the phone. Not only did she give me advice as to my question, but she also showed genuine empathy for my situation. It is so nice to find an attorney that will help with a simple question and not make you feel like you are wasting their time. Should I need an Attorney, I would absolutely hire Elaine.
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Response from Elaine Silver March 14, 2018
Thank you Angela for your kind words.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Knowledgable
Dear Elaine, Thank you for all you help and counsel. I am very happy with the outcome and will be sure to pass along your name to anyone in need! I appreciate everything you did and am looking forward to a new future. Take care and I am very happy that we had the chance to work together! Thanks!
Posted by Phil | June 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Elaine was absolutely great. She was very professional, explained everything involved with my divorce in a clear way, and advised me appropriately. She was always very responsive to my calls or emails, usually getting back to me right away. I highly recommend Elaine to anyone looking for a great divorce attorney.
Response from Elaine Silver September 25, 2018
Thanks Phil, it was my honor to work with you.
Posted by James | June 26, 2013
Not only a fantastic divorce lawyer but also a great person
When I first met Elaine I was attempting to handle the divorce on my own. I didn't realize it at the time that my blood pressure was climbing to unsafe levels. It was only after a yearly physical that my doctor told me that my blood pressure had gone up 40 points. He almost put me on blood pressure medicine. He told me to go home and eat more fruits and vegetables and to come back in a month. The next day I hired Elaine Silver to be my divorce attorney. My blood pressure went back down 40 points to the normal levels. My doctor thought it was fruits and vegetables....I know it was Elaine. Divorces by nature are very difficult. They reek from emotions. Elaine is very good at removing the emotional component and helping the client stay on track. She is an excellent collaborative lawyer but can also deal with an adversarial lawyer like my ex had. She is an excellent advisor of different options, approaches, etc but she is also smart enough to realize that she works for the client...not the other way around. I can't say that I always agreed with everything she said but most of the time she was spot on with the right approach. If I could give Elaine more than five stars I would. That is the difference that she has made in my life. I was dreading going through the divorce proceedings but she really helped to take the burden off of me and just ride it through to completion.
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Posted by Tim | June 17, 2013
My thank you to Elaine Silver.
Thank you so very much for the exceptional job you did in representing me during my recent divorce. You demonstrated wisdom, intelligence and grace during this entire ordeal. You employed the highest standard of professionalism when dealing with opposing counsel and acted as a calm and steady voice of reason during a most difficult and stressful time. Also, you have been beyond fair and equitable regarding billing for time spent. That aspect of this experience has been recognized and greatly appreciated. Thank you for that. You demonstrated a genuine empathy for my situation and I felt you always had MY best interest in mind. I couldn’t have asked for more principled and honest representation or a better advocate throughout this entire process.
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Posted by Dawn | March 30, 2010
Divorced with Dignity
I was so overwhelmed by the thought of divorce and concerned for its effects on my three children. At times the anger, anxiety and self doubt seemed unbearable. Elaine was so wonderful at keeping me calm and focused. She helped me get through the process with dignity. She helped me to concentrate my energies on the final outcome for me and my kids and not get bogged down in the mire of day to day hostilities (and thoughts of revenge!). Ultimately, the result was what was right for all of us, and at a much smaller price tag. I walked away from divorce with my head held high. I have no doubts that my decisions were in my best interests and the best interests of my children. Four years later, I consider Elaine my divorce attorney, my spiritual guru, and my friend. I wholeheartedly recommend Elaine Silver to anyone who can get past the need to draw blood from her ex and do what's right for her children.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Silver Divorce Center
  • 2004 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor- Family Law
  • Barry University School Of Law
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Adjunct Professor- Family Law
  • Quinnipiac University School Of Law
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Partner
  • Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
  • 1987 - 2000
  • Partner
  • Fleisher Trow & Silver
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Visiting Profession-US Constitutional & Family Law
  • Beijing University School Of Law
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Associate
  • Glazer Wechsler Seelig & Glazer
  • 1977 - 1982
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  • New York University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Bucknell University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Junior Year Abroad
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Icahn v. Icahn
  • Matter settled privately
  • Divorce, alimony, child support, property settlement
  • Successful for my client and her children


  • Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2008 - Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Annual Conference Co-Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Seminole County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Special Master Commendation
  • Judicial Dept. State of Connecticut-Superior Court Family Law Division
  • 1986
  • Poses Prize for Excellence in Clinical Practice
  • New York University School of Law
  • 1977


  • Strategies for Family Law in Florida (Inside the Minds)
  • Collaborative Divorce, Unbundled Services, Pro Se Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Methods for Challenging Economic Times
  • 2012
  • Connecticut Family Law Journal
  • The Professional License: Fruit of the Marital Property Tree?"
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • Collaborative Family Law Institute Advanced Training, Miami, Florida
  • How to Avoid Gridlock in Collaborative Cases
  • 2018
  • Collaborative Family Law Group of Northeast Florida, Continuing Professional Education
  • How "Low Bono" Cases Benefit Community and Build Your Practice
  • 2018
  • Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Sharpening Your Skills With Collaborative Practice
  • 2015
  • FACP Annual Conference
  • The Tension Between Confidentiality, Privacy, and Transparency in Collaborative Practice
  • 2015
  • Mental Health Professional Continuing Education
  • Collaborative Divorce: A Better Path to Family Reconstruction
  • 2014
  • Florida Collaborative Council Annual Conference
  • The Art of Collaboration: From Roots to Results
  • 2014
  • Central Florida Behavioral Hospital-Continuing Mental Health Professional Education
  • Collaborative Divorce: A Better Path to Family Reconsturction
  • 2014
  • Last First Date Radio
  • How to Avoid Divorce the Second Time Around
  • 2013
  • Continuing Education Seminar
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Division
  • Doing Well While Doing Good: Building a Mediation, Collaborative & Unbundled Divorce Practice
  • 2010
  • NBI CLE Seminar
  • Custody Modification and Ethical Considerations
  • 2007
  • Overview of Connecticut Family Law
  • Anatomy of A Divorce Trial: Direct Examination of Your Clients
  • 1998
  • Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association
  • Seminar on Family Law
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Elaine
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. She has a great reputation in her field among her peers and clients alike."
Family Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Elaine in all areas of family law. She is experienced and knowledgeable but she also really cares about her clients and takes the time to explain the law while setting clear expectations of what is actually possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elaine is a wonderful and compassionate mediator and attorney. I highly recommend her!"
Mediation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Elaine for about 5 years. She has mediated cases for me and is a fellow member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. She is a wonderful person and a skilled mediator and lawyer. She is professional, ethical, empathetic, and funny too!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with her as opposing counsel and with her in the role of mediator. I greatly appreciate how knowledgeable and effective she is."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elaine Silver is an excellent mediator who I have used many times. She has a command for family law and has been very successful with the cases that she has mediated for me. I whole heartedly recommend using Elaine."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elaine is a terrific lawyer and a great person. She is a shining example of professionalism and civility in the Central Florida family law bar. I am honored to call her my colleague."
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Lake Mary Divorce and separation Lawyer Elaine Terry Silver
Elaine Terry Silver
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lake Mary, FL
Licensed for 46 years