Separation and Divorce
Since ending a marriage is a legal process, you need to know your rights and obligations if your marriage is coming to an end. Our attorneys can explain the procedure and your rights regardless of where you are in the process. We can help you develop a plan to separate and negotiate the terms of a settlement agreement between you and your spouse. When the time comes, our attorneys can represent you in court to obtain the final divorce.
Custody and Child Support
Disputes over the children can be the most painful part of a relationship ending. There are many steps that parents can take to help minimize the impact of the change on the children. Having the parents “on the same page” can greatly reduce the stress and uncertainty that children feel when their parents break-up. Our Firm can help you negotiate a parenting plan that works for you and the children. If a negotiated agreement is not possible, our attorneys can represent you in court to help you get the best result for your kids. All parents are responsible for financially supporting their children while they are minors. Child support is a benefit for the children that should not be overlooked when parents separate. Our attorneys are skilled at navigating the court’s child support guidelines to ensure that the child support payment is fair in light of all of the circumstances of your case.
A guardianship is when one person takes over the handling of the personal and financial affairs of another. This may be necessary for an aging or ill parent or for a minor whose parents are unavailable. A judge must grant the guardianship so it is necessary to file a petition in the local court.
A couple that is planning to be married can enter into a written agreement before marriage that outlines what happens with their property if they later divorce or when the first one of them dies. They can also agree on other issues in advance such as an alimony waiver. A properly drafted prenuptial agreement can avoid or minimize conflict in the event of divorce or a in a deceased spouse’s probate estate.