To most people Divorce is the second most stressful event they may ever experience, surpassed only by the loss of a loved one. That is because a divorce or separation often involves changes in a person's financial, social and psychological circumstances. It also requires making very difficult decisions that can affect, not just the individual, but his or her child or children as well.
Typical issues in a divorce usually concern matters related to property division and the distribution of assets; alimony/maitenance; the custody of the child or children, along with the rights of both parents to have parenting time (also referred to as visitation): and the amount (and provider) of child support that will be necessary to maintain that child's current standard of living.
We believe that an important component of representation for those going through a divorce is to have a split understanding of the legal processes involved and the issues that typically arise. Second, because many issues can become highly contentious, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who seeks to reach fair and amicable resolutions, but who can also litigate aggressively when necessary.
Finally, many of the concerns that come up in a divorce, may very well have to be re-visited when circumstances for either or both spouses, as well as their children change. Hence, the attorney client relationship may be a long one. For this reason it is critical to work with an attorney who fully understands your needs and goals.
Child Custody and Visitation
Matters of child custody are the most difficult challenges of divorce. Reaching an understanding as to the "best interests of the child" is not always easy. And individuals must weigh a myriad of competing concerns and emotions.
The most common types of custody arrangements are sale custody and joint custody with physical custody to one of the parents These arrangements are based on the "best interests of the child" and involve looking at the mental and physical health of all parties, the historical involvement of the two parents, the respective physical and emotional environments, as well as educational opportunities.
We believe our first obligation is to help our clients negotiate child custody arrangements without having to enter into litigation. Nobody wishes to see such arrangements determined by the Court. When they are, it is often a lengthy process, as the Court will have to understand many aspects of the child's life in order to make an informed decision.
Because child custody matters ultimately involve the well-being of a child, it is critical to work with an experienced lawyer who can resolve custody matters 'in a peaceful and timely manner, yet also knows when and how to take a more aggressive approach when absolutely necessary.