Dissolving a once-loving relationship can be highly
stressful. My first priority in a divorce involving children is to preserve
healthy relationships by shielding children from any acrimony. I strive to
quickly and efficiently resolve property division issues and to establish,
modify and enforce satisfactory custody, visitation, and support arrangements.
I strive to be direct and honest about presenting your options, helpful in
determining your goals, and a forceful advocate in pursuing those goals. I will
litigate aggressively when necessary, but will never litigate unnecessarily and
will not use litigious tactics that unnecessarily increase costs, delay
settlement or harm anyone emotionally, especially the children.
Divorce / Dissolution
I will help you find creative solutions to make the
dissolution of your marriage as painless as possible. I will discuss with you
the advantages and disadvantages of arguing over custody and marital
property. When negotiated divorce
settlement is an option suitable to the parties involved I encourage it. It is
less stressful and more effective when parties are amenable to agreement.
However, if settlement is not an option I will litigate aggressively.
Prenuptial (or postnuptial) agreements These agreements direct how property will be allocated
between spouses on one of two triggering events 1) divorce or 2) death without
a valid will or trust spelling out how various assets are to be divided. Many
areas of law, including the laws of intestate succession, insurance and annuity
contracts and retirement plans have their own rules which direct the
disposition of assets to potentially unintended beneficiaries. Especially in
the case of pensions, a complex federal law called ERISA is involved which may
significantly frustrate your goals without proper planning. As a result, the
drafting of these agreements so they do what they are intended to do is best
undertaken by an attorney.