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Family Law

Divorce, child custody disputes, and other family law challenges can cause significant stress.  A good lawyer can help relieve some of that stress.  If you are considering divorce or are unhappy with your current custody situation, I will take the time to understand your goals and to help guide you in the right direction.  I know that divorce and child custody issues can have a tremendous impact on your family.  I am here to help you to determine the best way to approach your legal issue and to advocate for your best interests. As a licensed therapist, in addition to being an attorney, I can provide a dual perspective.


I believe that settling your issues as amicably as possible, with very little court involvement, is the best solution.  Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution and settlement, provide you with the most creative ways to solve your family law issues.  Coming to an agreement with the other party usually results in lower cost and higher satisfaction. Obviously, litigation is necessary at times, and I am prepared to advocate for you in the courtroom.


Other family law areas where I can help: guardianships, paternity, child support issues, pre-nuptial agreements, post-dissolution issues, guardian ad litem.


Adoption

Helping families adopt a child is one of the most rewarding experiences.  I can help with private and step-parent adoptions.  



Mediation

Mediation can be done pre-filing or post-filing for divorce in order to make the divorce process as amicable as possible.  Mediation usually requires less cost, because hiring an attorney is not necessary, and the parties can sit down and come to a resolution of the issues without ever seeing a court room.


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