Comprehensive Divorce Services
If you are considering ending your marriage I can assist you with understanding divorce laws to help guide you through the process.
The process of ending your marriage promises to be filled with stress and high emotion, especially where there are children involved. It is my goal to bring a reasoned calmness to even the most challenging conflicts to help to make the entire process more bearable.
If you anticipate a high-conflict divorce, it is imperative that you have a knowledgable, trusted advocate on your side with a comprehensive understanding of the best strategies to protect your legal rights.
I will apply my substantial litigation and negotiating skills on your behalf and help you navigate the court system and work with you to attempt to minimize conflict and resolve disputes.
Families With Specialized Needs
For some families, the divorce process is made more complicated by the family's unique circumstances. I handle Military divorces, in which special consideration must be given to pension plans, visitation arrangements and allegations of fault.
Divorces among federal employees, where a special set of laws and regulations govern the division of federal employment retirement and other benefits between the employee spouse and the non-employee spouse.
Families with special needs children, where the divorce decree should attempt to predict and provide for all the child's current and future medical and educational needs.
Divorce Appeals Lawyers
If you did not receive the result you expected during your divorce, the law gives you the right of appeal. Appeals can be very complex legal matters, and it is important to have an attorney behind you who has experience with appeals and can give you the best chance at a positive outcome.
The appeals process can take a year or more to complete. While it can be an expensive and time-consuming process, it is an avenue of extreme importance in obtaining just and appropriate results in certain family law matters. I represent clients in a broad range of these cases.
Helping You Through a Complex Process
A transcript of the entire Circuit Court proceeding is typically required. There can be circumstances where the court may allow for an appeal without the transcript but it is highly discouraged by the courts and most attorneys. In addition, an appellate brief must be prepared. There is a small category of appeals that the court can rule on in a summary manner, including jurisdiction of the trial court and preservation of questions on appeal.
There are specific grounds upon which you can base your appeal. You can challenge errors of the law, use of discretion and decisions that can be considered capricious or arbitrary. Our firm is able to handle your appeal regardless of whether we handled your initial divorce or not. You can count on us to do everything in our power to secure a favorable result.
Experienced in High-Conflict Family Law Cases
Divorce decree modifications can be as contentious as the original divorce proceedings. Financial investigations may be necessary to prove or fight against a request for a child support modification or spousal support modification. We may need to obtain expert opinions from child psychologists in order to build a case for or against modification of a child custody or visitation agreement, particularly if that modification involves relocation.
In order to make a change, the party requesting it must be able to prove that there has been a material change in circumstances since the court order was entered. Loss of job may not be sufficient. The other side may argue that the unemployment or underemployment is voluntary, in which case a modification may not be allowed. Our lawyers have been handling these cases for decades, so we understand the nuances involved. Regardless of your situation, you can be confident in our ability to help you achieve your goals.
Attorneys Handling Modification and Enforcement
A request for modification may stem from attempts at enforcement. One side may not have been complying with child custody and visitation orders, child support orders or other orders. However, it is possible that there were legitimate reasons for the lack of compliance. We may seek a modification in order to ensure compliance in the future.