Divorce Mediation Lawyer
Whether you face a contested divorce or have a divorce in mind, our firm has the skills, knowledge and empathy to help you through it. Divorce is rarely a pleasant experience. Interpersonal dynamics, finances and legal technicalities all come into play in a divorce. It is critical to keep your ultimate goals in mind at all times. We do not get bogged down in issues that are simply not worth the legal fees and aggravation it might take to fight about.
Divorce And Property Rights
One of the most pressing issues for divorcing couples is the division of property and reorganization of family finances. Whether you have significant assets, outstanding debts or combined incomes, you want strategic advocacy and support to protect your rights and long-term financial security.
We have attorneys with fine-tuned communication skills that serve well in family law. They know how to listen well, how to get to the heart of a matter directly and how to clearly explain what the clients need to know. We will take the time to understand your unique and individual concerns and develop a comprehensive approach designed to protect your investments and your financial position after divorce.
I am experienced with cases involving:
Division of marital property
Division of assets, including retirement accounts, real estate and businesses
Division of debts, including loans and credit card balances
Divorce And Legal Issues Affecting Children
The primary concern of any parent facing divorce is protecting his or her parental rights. Even if you are not expecting full custody of your children, you want to ensure that after divorce you have fair access to visitation and that parent-child relationships will not be damaged because of a divorce. We will take a strategic approach to protect your rights and the best interests of your children in any case involving:
Child custody modification
Child support modification
Years Of Experience Working With Families — Dedicated Divorce And Mediation Attorneys
We know how family changes affect children — and parents. You can benefit from our experience as lawyers. We will work to help you achieve family law solutions in your and your children’s best interests.
To schedule a free initial consultation about your pending divorce, call our office.
Child Custody Lawyers
Nearly everyone realizes that divorce or separation of parents will have an impact on children. Some families struggle to achieve peaceful dynamics in spite of divorce or separation. This is especially true when one parent lives out of state or in a community rather far from the other. Whatever your unique circumstances, we are here to help you meet the legal challenges. Solid legal footing in the area of child custody and visitation can set the tone of stability for a family with separated or divorced parents.
We Have Caring, Skillful Family Law Attorneys
We are especially alert to child custody as a critical area of family law. When parents are divorced or separated, their family structure is sometimes described in legal terms such as:
Joint physical custody
Sole physical custody
Parenting time schedules
Sole legal custody
Joint legal custody
We have seen firsthand how parent-child relationships and family dynamics — whether troublesome or secure — can affect children emotionally, academically and socially.
Contact Child Custody Attorneys Who Understand Your Challenges And Concerns
The child’s best interests as well as parental rights and strong parent-child relationships are guiding factors in a child custody arrangement. If you and your child’s other parent disagree about how this will look in your family, mediation may be the most effective way to arrive at a workable resolution.
Child Support Calculations
Parents must provide their children financial support as well as physical care. In a divorce or separation situation, child support is determined through a government-provided calculator that takes into account variables including:
Each parent’s income
The parents’ combined incomes
The amount of time a child will spend with each parent
Our firm has a great many insights that are helpful to our legal clients dealing with child-related legal matters, such as child custody and child support. We have highly skilled lawyers. We bring to every child custody case our years of experience translating for parents how children’s sense of security in their families can affect their daily lives and overall development.
When parents are unmarried, a paternity action can confirm a father’s identity. However, if too much time goes by before paternity is confirmed or disproved, a man who is not the biological parent may nonetheless be responsible for paying child support until the child is 18. Talk to an attorney as soon as possible if you are unmarried and assumed to be a father or if you are an unmarried mother seeking child support.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns in a free consultation. Call our office today.
A familiar nightmare for people approaching divorce is the idea of former lovers, best friends and partners in life fighting tooth and nail before a family law judge in a public courtroom. Even when pain and hurt feelings are strong, most reasonable people prefer more peaceful pathways to divorce that preserve the privacy and dignity of both parties.
Mediation is a very good option for spouses approaching divorce. In the process of mediation, each person has his or her own attorney. Areas of the divorce that both parties need to consent to may include:
Division of assets that may be complex, high-dollar or difficult to categorize
Spousal support when one spouse has lived as a dependent of the other
Child custody, a high-stakes and emotional topic for many families
Child support, particularly when there are out-of-the-ordinary facts to consider, such as a parent’s disabilities or a child’s special needs
In our family law practice, we thoughtfully represent divorcing clients in mediation, before a mediator. The process belongs to the people whose marriage is under discussion. The mediator keeps a neutral stand as each person’s attorney helps make sure that he or she understands the ramifications of divorce settlement terms.
Mediation Attorney — Family Law Mediation
Mediation allows couples to keep the divorce process private. It allows them to make their own decisions about things that will affect their lives more than anyone else’s. A divorce judge typically has a very small period of time to devote to each marital dissolution in the courtroom or in pretrial settlement conferences. With mediation, on the other hand, divorcing spouses keep control of the process and drive their own reasonable solutions. In many cases, it is more combative methods of divorce.
We are committed to protecting your family and your interests so that you can move forward after divorce. Call for an initial consultation about mediation with an experienced family lawyer.
Property Division In Divorce
Division of assets is an essential component of every divorce. Arriving at a fair, reasonable division of assets that a family law judge will accept is sometimes straightforward and sometimes complex. Any number of unique factors might make your divorce fall in the “complex” category. However, you and your spouse can save a great deal in legal fees by negotiating calmly and fairly. Sometimes mediation is the best way to reach a settlement agreement that both can live with, without taking battles to court.
Divorce Planning And Preparation — Talk To An Attorney Early In The Divorce Process
Our firm has a great deal of experience making complex subject matter understandable. If divorce is still down the road but you suspect it is inevitable, we can advise you on prudent divorce planning techniques, including taking inventory of your assets such as:
The marital home
Any other real estate in either or both of your names
Boats and other recreational equipment
Collectibles, such as guns, musical instruments or fine art collections
Stocks and bonds
Anticipated bonuses and commissions
Expected proceeds from a lawsuit
Whole life insurance policies
If you entrust your divorce to our law firm, we will begin by helping you categorize all assets in the marriage as separate property or marital property.
Generally, whatever was yours before the marriage should still be yours as assets are divided. (There are always exceptions, such as when one spouse helped improve property previously owned by the other before marriage.)
Also generally speaking, property that two spouses acquired during a marriage tend to be split 50-50. (There may also be reasons to deviate from an equal division.)
There is often some sticky point to resolve that makes property division in divorce more challenging than originally expected. For example, retirement accounts, including pensions and 401(k) accounts, are often difficult to deal with. In most cases, unless a prenuptial agreement says otherwise, retirement assets acquired during a marriage should be split between the divorcing spouses. Perhaps you are grappling with a business that one or both of you own and operate or inherited vacation real estate. We can help you streamline the process of reaching a resolution in asset division and getting on with your divorce and beyond.
Some couples already agree on all terms of divorce and wish for help crafting their own divorce settlement. We can help keep the process simple in cases where the facts really are straightforward.
To schedule a free initial consultation with an honest, reputable divorce lawyer, call our office today,.
Navigating Through Divorce With Experienced Legal Representation
There are many legal questions that could arrive during the divorce process. Whether you are simply contemplating divorce or have already been separated from your spouse and need advice on taking initiative in divorce proceedings, we can provide the level of personalized attention you are seeking.
Our firm has experienced divorce lawyers who have worked with men and women throughout the area. We focus our practice primarily in the area of divorce/family law, but also handle criminal matters (including criminal matters pertaining to family law).
Once you file for divorce, the legal papers are served and the respondent has to respond within 20 days. After the response, a hearing date is scheduled. After the temporary hearing, a final hearing will be scheduled to finalize the divorce.
During the divorce process, issues concerning child custody (parental rights), child support and alimony will be discussed. A discussion concerning alimony, property division and issues involving real estate will also occur.
As your attorney, I will guide you through each step of the divorce process and help you to understand your role. I make sure to listen to your side of the story to understand your goals, your concerns and what you see for your family’s future. I am also experienced at working with clients in cases involving guardian ad litem.
If you have significant assets, a family-owned business or have high net worth, I can provide advice on dealing with accounting and tax issues and can work with specialists who can assist with the unique matters of high-asset divorce.
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Creating An Effective Parenting Plan
Every parent wants to make certain that their child’s best interests are taken care of in a divorce or separation. You want to make the impact as minimal as possible and help to foster a strong relationship with your children in the future. You should work with an experienced child custody lawyer who can help guide you through the nuances of the legal system.
Our firm offers nearly 15 years of legal experience helping parents deal with child custody matters. We are knowledgeable of child custody laws and maintain a proven track record in divorce and family law matters.
What Is A Parenting Plan?
Parenting plan is the term that is used to refer to time that the parent has with his or her children. This includes vacations and unique circumstances such as breaks from schooling. It covers all aspects relating to child custody and parental rights.
Today, it is not uncommon to see situations where both parents work or children have unique schedules. To create an effective parenting plan, it takes the skills of an experienced attorney who understands what the courts consider and how to apply the law to his or her clients’ cases.
In addition to providing advice on developing parenting plans, I will help explain how child support may affect your case and how to modify existing support obligations (if necessary).
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To schedule your first meeting, call our office today.
Assistance With Adoption
The process of adopting a child into your family is usually one that is emotion-filled. It is a very specific legal process that requires the attention of an attorney who is familiar with the legal steps and understands what to expect.
Our firm practices divorce and family law. We handle cases throughout the area. Most of our work is focused in the legal areas of divorce, child custody, adoption and related family law matters. We provide each and every one of our clients with individualized attention and are driven to achieve results which our clients are happy with.
Adoption is a vigorous process, and we make sure to take the time to explain to our clients what can be expected. There are a number of considerations that the court will look at in the adoption process, including:
Age of the child
How much time the natural parent has with the child
What’s in the best interests of the child
We primarily work with families in private adoption and stepparent adoptions. We can also handle any issues concerning grandparents’ rights that may arise, and deal with questions about custody that may relate to adoption.
Questions? Contact Our Firm.
Please contact the office to book your first consultation. We handle all types of family law matters. Call today.