Our goal is always to protect your family dynamic first and foremost. We do not take a cookie-cutter approach to family law.
For any family, divorce is a very difficult process. Divorce affects each person differently however the Court process can be stressful and full of anxiety for most.
Generally, when filing for divorce an attorney will work on the required paperwork to open your case or respond to your spouse’s claims on your behalf. Financial disclosure is a requirement in all divorce cases. In most cases, the parties are required to exchange statements for all accounts, pay stubs, and related documents. This financial exchange is important to determine your portion of entitlement to assets and liabilities which are subject to equitable distribution (the fancy way of saying distributing the assets and liabilities) as well as either party’s need or ability to pay support also called alimony. All cases are required to attempt to reach a settlement at mediation prior to going before a Judge for a final decision. This settlement agreement or, in case of no settlement, the final order will lay out all of the parties' obligations and entitlements upon divorce.
When children are involved in divorce proceedings the Court also has to determine a full Parenting Plan. This document is what we like to tell our clients is “the co-parenting rule book”. This Parenting Plan will detail each parent’s rights and responsibilities relating to the minor child(ren), timesharing (visitation), school designations, how major decisions affecting the child(ren) get made, and the like. Moreover, the Court will further determine each parent’s child support obligation, who will pay for the child’s health insurance, as well as payment for uncovered expenses relating to medical, school, and other activities.
From beginning to end, our Firm ensures we keep our client’s and their family’s specific needs at the forefront. Every family and relationship is unique so your lawyer shouldn’t be providing you a “cookie-cutter” service.