Family Law Attorneys and Certified Divorce Mediators
We are divorce and family law attorneys with over 30 years of combined experience and passion for helping families in crisis. Our attorneys are also certified mediators working with couples and unmarried co-parents amicably settle their disputes. We are dedicated to our clients and work tirelessly with them to transform their lives. We have expertise in family law and a compassionate approach to conflict resolution. We handle all types of family law and divorce matters including complex child custody, high-asset property division, spousal/child support issues, move-away cases, same-sex divorces.
We know the "ins and outs" of litigation. We are also trained in conflict resolution, which helps us settle litigation cases and mediate tough divorce cases involving high-conflict custody or even domestic violence situations. Our informative and inclusive approach helps clients go through their family crisis with dignity, full understanding and often truly transformative outcomes. In mediation, you have the power to decide on the outcome. We facilitate the process and work with you on arriving at the best agreement for your new family. After a divorce or a split, you will still be a family that has to function. Our goal is to help you become the best emerging family you can be.
To read about differences between traditional litigation and mediation approach to family problems, please click here.
Whether you choose traditional litigation or mediation, we can help you at each step of the way starting with that very question.
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?
Even if a child custody evaluation is merely possible in your case, you should start your preparation right away. The preparation process is not something you can do in an afternoon or a weekend.
In some contested custody cases, the court needs an independent expert to provide the court with information and recommendations about custody. The court appoints a child custody evaluator either on its own or pursuant to a motion filed by either parent.
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