My practice is dedicated to serving family law issues and disputes. These issues include:
Divorce, Legal Separation, Child Support, Child Custody (now known as Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities), Paternity and College Expenses.
Family Law disputes are can be resolved in different ways:
1. Court Intervention-When couples are unable to reach an agreement, one or both of them, may take the disputed matter through the court system and have a Judge determine the outcome. Most family law disputes are resolved this way. My role is to advocate for my client to the fullest extent of the law, to ensure that their goals are achieved. I counsel my clients on their options and outcomes in order that they are able to make decisions in an informed manner.
2. Mediation-Most couples cannot financially afford to go through a divorce. Most divorces are unnecessarily litigious and expensive. As an attorney I represent my clients in an efficient and cost effective manner. I do not believe in unnecessarily delaying cases. My goal is always to resolve cases as economically and quickly as possible. One way to do this, is through Mediation. Mediation is a less costly and less stressful way to resolve disputes between couples. Mediation is also empowering for the parties involved, as it gives the participants the ability to decide the outcome of their disputes rather than leaving it up to a Judge to decide. My approach as a Mediator is to provide a comfortable and judgment free environment for participants, so I can assist them in resolving their differences in a respectful manner.
3. Collaborative approach-The collaborative process involves the spouses agreeing to resolve their disputes without going to court, until all issues are resolved. Instead, with the assistance of their respective lawyers, they work towards reaching an agreement on all the issues and only go to court when they have reached a full settlement. Collaborative law is also another cost effective way to resolve disputes, as it cuts down on the cost of litigation and frequent court appearances. Instead the parties are empowered to resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom.
My practice also handles criminal law cases. These cases include:
DUI, Traffic and Misdemeanors . These cases are typically resolved in one of three ways pleas, dismissals or trials. I use the most cost effective way to resolve criminal cases.
Mediation is the process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, encourages and assists in the resolution of disputes between two or more people. The key distinguishing feature of mediation is that the mediator is not the decision maker. Rather the decision making rests with the parties. The types of disputes which can benefit from the mediation process include, Divorce, Child Custody (now known as Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities) /visitation (now known as Parenting Time), Landlord/Tenant and neighbor disputes. My role as a mediator is to empower peope to reach decisions by themselves.