TAMPA – Family law attorney Michelle G. Hutt of Allen Dell,
PA in Tampa was recently named to the 2016 list of Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.
Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers
from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition
and professional achievement.
“Nothing in life is impossible, and you should always set
goals for yourself,” Hutt told the Florida
Record. “It is an honor and a privilege to be a Florida attorney.”
Hutt said the family law arena in Florida is adapting to
changes in society. She cited major changes to Florida’s alimony laws as an
Hutt said alimony historically put the responsibility on an
ex-husband to support his ex-wife. However, she said the law changed so the
gender of the provider did not matter, meaning either the ex-husband or ex-wife
could make alimony payments, based on each spouse’s need and ability to pay.
Also, Hutt said alimony reform advocates are trying to abolish permanent
alimony, which comes into play in marriages of 17 years or longer.
“Alimony reform is seeking to change and abolish permanent
alimony as well as to provide a mathematical calculation for the amount of
alimony, whereas now there is no way of calculating an amount,” Hutt said. “This
would be very similar to the way child support is calculated. “
Hutt said she is the first of her family to graduate from
high school, college and law school. Her parents immigrated to the United
States from Ecuador not knowing how to speak English. Hutt received an
associate degree from Hillsborough Community College and a Bachelor of Arts
in English literature from the University of South Florida.
Hutt graduated from Stetson University College of Law, and
her first legal job was at Bay Area Legal Services, where she worked in the
family law department assisting low-income and domestic violence victims. She
has been at Allen Dell since June 2011, continuing to concentrate in family
“My personal career goal is to continue to help families
navigate through the various family law matters that arise in their lives as
well as becoming a partner with my firm,” Hutt said.
Hutt said Super Lawyers’ selection process includes
independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers
Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is
distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law
school libraries, as well as being published as a special section in city and
regional magazines across the country.
The attorneys for Super Lawyers Rising Stars are nominated
by their peers who have personally worked with them and recommended them to
others. The attorneys who are selected have demonstrated professionalism and
leadership throughout their career.
“It is a privilege to be recognized as a Super Lawyers
Rising Star,” Hutt said. “Attorneys are selected by their peers for their
professionalism and integrity which makes it an even greater honor.”
Hutt said she thinks it is also important for people to
realize that it is possible to have both a career and a family.
“I love my career as a family law attorney and I have a
loving husband (who is also an attorney), two beautiful children and two dogs,”