I focus on the representation of men and women who want to end their marriages but don’t know where to turn, or how they can best protect themselves.
My goal is to help my clients get through the divorce process as quickly and painlessly as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes my client’s spouse (or the spouse’s lawyer) makes a swift, agreeable settlement impossible. I am committed to achieving the most amicable result possible, but when litigation is inevitable, I am ready and willing to advocate for your rights in court and take your case to trial, if necessary.
Divorce is a time of emotional and economic turmoil under the best of circumstances. Divorce is never easy, but my goal is to define what is most important to you, advise you on your rights under the law, and obtain the best result possible based upon your priorities.
I focus my practice on what I call cooperative divorce. Cooperative divorce is different from the typical litigation mindset, but it is also very different from ‘collaborative divorce’ and mediation.
How is ‘cooperative divorce’ different?
While collaborative divorce and mediation may be options for some seeking to dissolve their marriages, when complicated issues arise, when children are involved, or where there is likely to be disagreement about division of assets, you need the representation of a lawyer who is trained in divorce and family law, knows your legal rights and the factors that the court will consider in making awards for spousal maintenance, custody, visitation and other benefits, and can represent you through trial if necessary. You need a lawyer who has only your best interests at heart, and knows how to negotiate for a fair settlement, but who can take your case all the way to trial if necessary.
For all of the above reasons, I concentrate on what I call ’cooperative divorce’
I am willing to work with your spouse and your spouse’s lawyer to create a settlement agreement that is fair to all parties, including your children, but only after both parties fully disclose their assets and provide the information necessary to determine what a fair settlement should be.
What You Can Expect From Working with Me
We will start by defining your biggest concerns. I will conduct a free initial consultation in my office to obtain background information and identify your main goals – whether those goals include preserving your lifestyle, leaving a potentially dangerous spouse or obtaining custody of your children.
Once those goals are defined, we can develop a strategy that will work best for you. We’ll review not only what the law says you may be entitled to if your case were tried, but also what other options might be available to you. I will educate you about the options available to you, the likely response from the other side and the court, and the consequences of pursuing a particular course of action.
I will concentrate all of my efforts on achieving the main goals and priorities that you identify, even if those goals are unconventional. In most cases, once we have determined your priorities and set your strategy, we will decide whether to initiate a lawsuit for divorce, respond to a divorce complaint or take some other action, such as negotiating a separation or custody agreement. On occasion, we may file other documents (such as an immediate petition for custody) before we file suit in order to better protect your interests and the interests of your children.
Generally, even if we file suit, we will enter into an investigation and discovery process to determine what assets are available, how to divide them and establish custody and visitation arrangements and then attempt to negotiate a settlement. Settlements always require some trade-offs, but since your priorities will already have been defined, we will be in a better position to negotiate for your most desired result.
Now that you know how I work, please see Practice Areas and Services to learn more about the services I provide to clients.