Family Law - Collaborative Divorce | Child Custody | Child Support
Whether your case involves a marital divorce, child custody dispute or child support payments, your going to need an attorney that will fight for you and also the best interests of all parties involved. I will help you tune out the noise and allow you to see the most important issues at hand. As a former deputy district attorney, I have years of experience dealing with some of the most complicated and difficult family law cases. My clients leave my office with confidence that their case will be handled with the utmost care and the greatest chance of a fair resolution for all.
Many family and criminal law matters are time-sensitive. This means that the law requires you to act quickly, or you can lose certain rights. It is important to protect yourself and your best interests in a timely manner. The legal process can be complex and lengthy, and you need proper representation of a reliable family law lawyer. I promise to handle your case with care and make sure your protected from beginning to end.
My Areas of Family Law
Child Custody and Child Support - Child custody is one of the most contentious areas of family law. The court will evaluate the role of each parent in your child's life to determine where the best interests of the child lie. I feel it is in the best interest of all parties to avoid counter-productive practices that only inflame the situation and often lead to more problems for all parties involved. I will argue your case on the basis of facts and what is in the best interests of your children.
I will attempt to resolve matters through negotiation when possible. Negotiation saves time and money. You may agree to a custody arrangement involving split weeks, every other week, or weekends. While you may have to compromise on some issues, negotiation enables you and your spouse to determine the terms of your custody plan without having them imposed by a judge.
Divorce - When you are dealing with the prospect of a divorce or legal separation, it can be one of the most stressful times of your life. You may be facing financial uncertainty or issues concerning child custody, visitation and support. In some cases, you may be the victim of domestic violence and in need of an order of protection. You need an attorney you can trust, someone who will take the time to understand you, someone who will be responsive to your needs and desires, and someone with a proven record of results in contested divorce cases.
Marital Settlement Agreements & Collaborative Divorce Process - If your case settles, your attorney will prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) or a Stipulated Judgment that contains all the terms of your settlement. Every issue in your divorce, such as the division of property, custody, and support will need to be addressed in this document. This written and signed agreement is then submitted to the court for approval and the judge's signature. A Collaborative Divorce Process is a process where two people who want to get a divorce can work together amicably, meeting with one attorney to draft up the divorce agreement and not have to go to court. If the two people can communicate with each other in a friendly manner, sometimes they can reach a settlement that is fair to both without the pressure or stress of going to court and having a judge make those decisions for them.