For twenty years I have represented men and women going through one of the most challenging, stressful, and debilitating periods of their lives - a divorce or paternity action. Practicing law in this area requires not just legal knowledge and experience, but human compassion, patience and understanding. Managing the costs of litigation is important, but even more significant is answering all of a client’s questions, and helping them to understand both the process, the stakes, and the long and short term ramifications of their decisions and that of the court.
One aspect of every divorce action is the valuation and disposition of the assets and liabilities of the parties. Understanding how to value business interests, retirement funds, and other assets, and understanding the tax effect of the distribution of those assets is essential to the effective representation of divorcing parties. With a background of representing small businesses and with years of collaborating with accountants and other tax professionals, I am uniquely suited to assist a divorcing client.
Frequently family law cases also involve issues of child custody, parenting time, support calculations, and other issues involving the health and wellbeing of children. Parents can struggle to remain mature and reasonable while enduring substantial emotional stress. I believe that it is the attorney’s job to help the client make decisions they will still be proud of years later, and to help the parent focus on the best interests of the children. That being said, sometimes it is necessary to be an aggressive advocate to protect those interests, and having experience in the courtroom is extremely important.