FAMILY LAW

Prenuptial Agreements

Assist clients by drafting a prenuptial agreement— a written contract created by a couple before they are married. The contract usually lists the property owned by each member of the couple (as well as any debts) and specifies what each person's property rights will be if the marriage ends.

Separation Agreements

Assist clients in creating an agreement entered into without court intervention and voluntarily by two spouses who have decided to live separately. In the agreement, the spouses can determine—without divorcing—issues including child support, child custody and visitation, spousal maintenance, division of property and assets.

Marital Settlement Agreements

Assist a divorcing client by drafting a formal, voluntary, written agreement (also called a "stipulation of settlement") in which a couple, wishing to divorce, settle all the issues that might be raised in a divorce proceeding and all other rights and duties that might be decided in divorce court. A marital settlement agreement can facilitate an uncontested decree of divorce issued by a court.

Contested / Uncontested Divorces

Represent clients in contested and uncontested divorces (divorce is the final, legal ending of a marriage by court order).

A divorce is contested if either member of the couple does not wish to get divorced, disagrees about the grounds (legal reasons) for the divorce or disagrees about what will happen with their children, finances and/or property after the divorce. In a contested divorce situation, the couple must go to court and after a trial, a judge makes determinations about the disputed issues.

An uncontested divorce is when both parties agree to the divorce, division of property and all other issues including but not limited to child support and custody.

Child Custody, Visitation and Support

Representing clients in protecting children rights. With or without a divorce children's rights must be protected. There are 3 main issues when it comes to children: custody, visitation and support.

Custody can be legal, physical or both and refers to the living arrangements of minor children, the legal supervision and protection of the child until he or she reached a majority. Custody can be joint where both parents contribute to the upbringing of the child equally and equal rights and responsibilities. Sole custody rests with only one parent, however the other parent must contribute to the duties and responsibilities to compensate.

Visitation refers to a schedule of designated times — and sometimes conditions — under which the noncustodial parent sees his or her children apart from the custodial parent.

Child support describes the payments made by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent for the support of children.