Every client has a unique set of circumstances, and every case takes a different course to resolution, be it through mediation or trial. Our first task is to get to know our client, to understand his or her family and financial circumstances and his or her goals. With these in mind, we craft a plan of action geared toward efficiently achieving our client’s goals.
Hiring a lawyer is expensive, be it for divorce, child custody, or any of the other issues that commonly arise in family law. That is why we never take a one-size-fits-all approach to a client’s case. There are many benefits to hiring a lawyer with substantial trial experience, someone who is not afraid to go to court and fight for the right outcome. But it is also crucial to hire a lawyer who understands that not every client is best served by a long, costly trial. With our firm, you do not need to settle for one approach or the other. We have extensive experience settling cases favorably for our clients through negotiation or mediation, and, in those cases that cannot be resolved, we call upon our extensive trial experience to bring our client’s cases before the court with the aim of obtaining the best possible judgment for our client.
The filing of a petition for divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, begins a legal proceeding that can have a substantial effect on the parties. A divorce proceeding will often include a variety of issues, including division of assets and debts, spousal support, and child custody and visitation.
Spousal support is money that is paid from one spouse to the other that is calculated to maintain the standard of living as it was during marriage. Factors affecting whether spousal support is granted, and if so how much, include the length of the marriage, the education and employment prospects of the parties, the assets of the parties, and any disparity in income between the parties.
When the parties to a divorce proceeding have children together, the court will make orders that it deems to be in the best interests of the children in regards to both custody and visitation. The court will consider any number of factors in making these orders.
Child custody and visitation is area where there is often the most emotions and disagreement between the parties. That is why you need to hire a lawyer who has the experience to negotiate on your behalf and the trial skills to fight for you in court when necessary.
Not every case calls for a scorched-earth litigation strategy. In many case the parties agree about most, if not all, the issues. In those cases, the last thing you want is a lawyer who aims to stir up controversy in order to increase the attorney fees. Instead, you want to hire a lawyer who understands and can achieve your goals of an amicable and efficient resolution.
During a divorce proceeding that involves minor children, the court will evaluate the finances of the parties, the child custody and visitation schedule, as well as other factors, to determine whether a child support order is appropriate and, if so, how much that order should be.
Divorce and separation can put an incredible strain upon family finances. Hiring a lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to advocate for you can make a significant difference in the amount of child support you receive.
When the parties fail to reach a settlement of one or multiple issues, the court sets the matter for a trial. Trial is very involved and time-consuming. There are frequently many different types of formal discovery that occur in the months leading up to a trial, including interrogatories and depositions. At trial, it is common for live witnesses to testify and the proceedings are bound by the rules of evidence. Prior to, during, and after trial, the court commonly requires formal legal briefs to be filed that detail a party's legal and factual basis for their position.
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