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It does not have to be a losing battle...
We have been practicing family law for 15 years. It's all we do! Our compassion and dedication to families in crisis drive us to achieve great results for our clients. Our goal is to ensure that our clients go through the most difficult time in their lives with dignity, full understanding and transformative outcomes.
Your divorce is a major life-changing event that has consequences for you and your children long after the final judgment of dissolution of marriage is signed. Having a long-term vision, specific plan on how to achieve it and an experienced attorney, who can take you there, are the main components of your success.
Mediation offers benefits not commonly possible in litigation. You, not the judge, decides the outcome. As certified mediators, we facilitate the process and work with you to create the best solutions for your family. Divorced families are still families; we help you effectively restructure yours. A losing parent means a failed family. Divorce does not need to devastate your family, your children, and your finances. The more effectively you handle the changes in your life post-separation, the better off you and your children will be long-term. Your true power lies in conflict resolution through mediation. We have created three different plans to help you resolve your divorce.
Sometimes, mediation is not an appropriate conflict resolution method and you do have to litigate your case. We know the "ins and outs" of litigation. We have substantial experience litigating family law cases, including complex child custody cases, Marvin-type (stemming from cohabitation), and difficult same-sex parenting matters. Being trained in conflict resolution and various negotiation techniques, we emphasize settlement from the outset. We approach settlement at different stages of the proceeding to help our clients resolve their cases without protruded court battles.
We believe in everyone having full excess to the courts and to effective representation. We understand that at times, clients want our help only in particular areas of their cases. We know how to effectively unbundle our services to help those who need it. We offer advice, assistance with planning and strategizing, preparation of documents, or mediating issue by issue in your divorce or family law matter.
Divorce usually means splitting up households. Money has to be stretched to support two residences, two cars, two sets of bills, which inevitably lowers the standard of living for both parties. The key to success is to be realistic. It will save you unnecessary disappointments and wrongly chosen paths, which could end up costing you more in attorney fees.
When parents, whether married or not split children often lose their relationship with the grandparents of the non-custodial parent. Grandparents have a right to seek relief from the courts if they want to establish or continue their relationship with their grandchildren.
Gray or silver divorce, as it's often called, happens more often than you think. Senior couples in their 60's, 70's and even 80's call it quits in increasing numbers. When divorce happens, seniors must be prepared for some drastic changes in their lifestyles, but it may be all worth it.
Child custody is the most challenging aspect of a divorce for many divorcing couples. You must know what to do but more importantly what not to do in a custody case. Below you will find ten "don'ts" in a custody case.
Every person going through a divorce should think (if only for a minute) about their estate plan or other testamentary documents, titles to property, and various beneficiary designation.
Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in; breathing out, I know that I am breathing out" this simple practice thought by Thich Nhat Hahn can transform your divorce. You will not longer feel like your daily life has become a battlefield.
Many people file divorce after they survive the holidays as a "family" or right after the New Year. The process for filing a divorce is simple if you do not have a long term marriage, children, or lots of property or debt to divide, or of course if you have an agreement on all issues.
With any change comes uncertainty. Changes in Washington can be unnerving for some, especially for members of the LGBTQ community. This holiday season give yourself and your family a gift of peace of mind.
Your spouse generally has 30 days from the date of service of the petition for dissolution of marriage to file a response. If s/he does not, you could request that the court enter default against him or her. Unless you come to an agreement, default means that you have to prove up your case without the direct participation from your spouse.
Summer is nearing its end. Many schools now start mid-August, which means you have even less time to get the school issues resolved. It is best to plan ahead by negotiating a good parenting plan that resolves most school issues such as which school will the child(ren) attend, who will be responsible for homework and how parent-teacher conferences will be assigned.
The United States has the highest divorce rate in the western world, followed by United Kingdom and Canada. Let's face it, if you are still married, you are almost an oddity. But a failed marriage does not need to mean a horrible and costly divorce.
It two simple words: collaborative family law means no court. It also means no courtroom drama, no orders handed down by the judge, no emotional breakdowns and much lower attorney fees. Main Features of Collaborative Family Law are: 1) No court; 2) Full Disclosure; 3) Joint Neutral Experts; and Four-Way Conferences.
The answer is YES! During marriage, after separation and until final disposition of all assets, spouses owe one another fiduciary duty, which is one of the highest duties of good faith and fair dealing.
At the outset of a divorce, emotions often run high, which leads to high attorney fees. Parties file unnecessary motions and engage in less than courteous exchanges multiplying emails to and from lawyers.
Starting a divorce process can be terrifying especially for people who never really dealt with their family’s finances. One of the first questions you may be asked by an attorney is: what are your assets and debts?
The courts must use the best interest of the child standard when making custody/visitation decisions. But are overnight visits on alternating weekends in the best interests of children or rather a convenience for the working parents?
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