Tampa, Florida

Firm Overview

Meet the Firm

Givens Givens Sparks: Like Family

Givens Givens Sparks is a Tampa-based family law firm that handles all areas of marital and family law. We have been voted one of the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News, Tier 1 Tampa Family Law, and our law firm is home to two attorneys who are Board Certified in marital and family law. The founder of our firm, Attorney Stann Givens, was honored by the Family Law Inn of Tampa when in March 2015, they permanently renamed the organization after him – The Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn. Our attorneys are known throughout the region for their professionalism, ethics, and passion for their clients. Givens Givens Sparks fights for its clients like family. When you need a passionate advocate in your corner when facing a family law issue, call us.


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Our attorneys are known throughout the region for their professionalism, ethics, and passion for their clients. In fact, Givens Givens Sparks founding attorney, Stann Givens, was honored by the Family Law Inn of Tampa in March 2015 when they permanently renamed the organization after him – The Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn.

At Givens Givens Sparks, we’ve made it our mission to provide justice and peace of mind for each client in every family law case we handle. We vow to fight for your family’s rights as if you were our own.

Recognized for Excellence

We have had the honor of being recognized by peers and clients alike. Givens Givens Sparks couldn’t do what we do without these people, so we consider it a singular honor to have received such accolades.

  • Best Law Firms by U.S. News
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Stann Givens, since 1998
  • Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” Tampa – Stann Givens, 2016
  • Super Lawyers – Stann Givens, Chris Givens, Ellen Ostman, and Victoria Cruz-Garcia
  • AV Rated Preeminent – Stann Givens

Experts in Family Law

Not all family law attorneys can refer to themselves as “experts” or “specialists.” Only those who have passed the examination to become Board Certified can promote this distinction. Stann Givens is Board Certified in Family Law and Ellen Ostman is Board Certified by the Florida Supreme Court.

Over 135 Years of Combined Experience On Your Side

The Tampa family lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks bring a collective 135 years of legal experience to the table. We have handled countless family law cases for clients throughout Hillsborough County, gaining experience in even the most complex family legal situations. If you need legal representation for a divorce, modification, child custody case, or any other type of family law situation, we invite you to contact us today.

Case Results

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which a child was nearly removed from her mother’s custody and given to the child’s alleged father, although the father had not yet established paternity. Candela filed a written response on behalf of her client (the mother) alleging fraud by the father and had the pick-up order set aside before custody was transferred to the father. The practical result was to allow the mother and child stay in their home state (not Florida) pending the resolution of the case. The Court agreed and granted Candela’s client custody.

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client filed a Petition to Establish Paternity, and the mother was served. After being served, the mother fled the state with the child. Candela filed an Emergency Motion for the immediate return of the child, and at that hearing, which was granted on an emergency basis, the mother was forced to turn the child over to the father, giving the father sole custody of the child pending the ultimate resolution of the case.

  • Family Law Case - Relocation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client (the father) accused his child’s mother of relocating the child out of state without the consent of the child’s father. Candela was able to obtain a court order to return the child to the state of Florida and to remain in her client’s care while establishing permanent custody and timesharing plans. After Candela’s successful litigation of the case, the Court ruled that the mother’s Petition for Relocation was denied, and that the child shall live primarily with Candela’s client in Florida, with summer and school break schedules allotted to the mother.

  • Family Law Case - Timesharing Violation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client was accused of violating a timesharing schedule agreed upon by both parental parties at the time the couple was divorced. The client’s child’s mother claimed that Candela’s client did not return the child for holiday timesharing at both Christmas and Easter. Candela had sent formal correspondence to the child’s mother regarding the dispute over the interpretation of the timesharing schedule, and when she did not agree, the father kept the child. The Court agreed with Candela’s interpretation of the timesharing schedule and found that her client was not in contempt for either holiday.

  • Family Law Case - Unilateral Medical-Related Decisions

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which she filed a Motion for Contempt on behalf of her client against the mother of his child for making unilateral medical-related decisions for the minor child without his knowledge. The Court agreed that the mother was in violation of the final judgment of their dissolution of marriage and held her in indirect civil contempt. The Court also ordered that the treatment in question cease immediately and that the mother be solely responsible for any and all costs related to that treatment. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the mother was not to make any unilateral decisions in the future and was to notify the father of any future appointments so that he could be present either over the phone or in person.

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At Givens Givens Sparks, your family is our family. As such, we promise to fight for each client and voraciously protect their best interests. Facing a family law issue? Get in touch with us to learn how we can help!

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