Family law covers divorce (including property division), child custody, child support, alimony or a modification of the terms of the person’s custody, support, or alimony obligations. Family law can also include adoption, which I do not handle.
Divorce and other family law matters can be highly stressful. My role is to help clients through these difficult periods by helping them focus on the outcomes and objectives that are the most important to them. Then, together, we work to create strategies designed to seek these outcomes. I take on the burden of seeking to achieve these outcomes so that clients can focus on moving forward with their lives.
If you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to understand that property division, custody, support, visitation, and other matters will be resolved – either between the parties and their legal counsel or by the court.
My approach with clients is to focus on their primary objectives with respect to these matters, and to develop a strategy for achieving the best results possible. It’s also important for clients going through a divorce to recognize much of the “default” areas of the law for these matters. For example, a court is not going to deny visitation to one parent because that parent was “responsible” for causing the divorce, even if infidelity was involved.
Similarly, there are statutes and precedents that provide “starting points” for many matters, including child support and property division. My role is to help clients appreciate these starting points, then to advocate zealously for movement from these points towards the goals and objectives sought.
Negotiation and mediation can be trying, but it is often far better for clients to take control of their outcome than to leave it to a judge.