In any given circumstance, the courtroom can be a scary place, governed by laws and rules that you may not fully understand. This is especially true in the family court arena. When you are making decisions that have a significant impact on your children, your business and your life, you need someone on your side to counsel you, help you understand the law, and empower you to make informed decisions for yourself. As attorneys, we know the law but we also understand that this is your case, your family, your children and your future at stake. Our goal is to help solve your problems in a timely, cost-effective manner and to equip you with the tools you need to move forward with your life and start building a positive future.
- Property Division
- Accomplished by classifying property as marital or non-marital and then dividing marital assets. Many factors are involved in determining how marital assets are to be divided including: the contribution each spouse made to acquire the property, the duration of the marriage, the economic circumstances of each spouse and the desire to maintain stability for the children. Our attorneys assist clients in separating their needs from their wants, while keeping in mind everyone’s best interests, so that we can be in the best position to negotiate.
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Perhaps the most difficult part of a divorce action is determining the child custody and visitation arrangement. The court will look to the best interests of the child in making such a determination. Our attorneys believe that nothing is more important than preserving the relationship between parent and child and will work with you to find a solution that works for the entire family.
- Child Support
- Calculated based on the income of the parties and certain expenses such as child care and medical insurance. This calculation can be difficult when the parties’ income exceeds the guideline amounts or when one or both parents are self-employed. Our attorneys will work with you to make sure that the income amounts used in the determination are accurate and, most importantly, that the needs of the child are being met
- May be awarded if one spouse lacks sufficient property and income to meet his/her reasonable needs. Many factors go into a maintenance determination including duration of the marriage, age of the parties, the standard of living established during the marriage, and the time needed for a spouse to get the skills necessary to find employment.
Post Divorce Planning
Our attorneys stay with you after the divorce process to help you rebuild your life. Whether you need a financial plan, a modified Will, deeds, QDROs, life insurance, or information about investments, our counselors look beyond the law to ensure that you are in a position to move forward.
Many of the above determinations can be handled in advance of marriage with a document called a Prenuptial Agreement. Such an agreement allows individuals to clearly define how property will be divided in particular situations such as a divorce, the birth of a child, or death. It is in many couples’ best interests to define expectations and needs before entering into a marriage so they can avoid potentially costly and contentious litigation. Our counselors can help you determine whether a prenuptial agreement makes sense for your particular situation and will help tailor the document to ensure enforceability.