The least contentious and most cost-effective way to resolve the legal issues arising from the dissolution of a marriage or relationship is by way of a written agreement.
When a marriage or other intimate relationship comes to an end, it can leave behind child and property-related issues requiring resolution. Individuals engaged in a civil and amicable dissolution are oftentimes able to reach agreements which resolve their outstanding issues without ever having to set foot in a courtroom. By doing·so, those individuals preserve the working relationships they once (may have) had, which ultimately tends to benefit all parties involved. They can also avoid the high costs - both financial and emotional - that can accompany contested litigation.
Our attorneys will evaluate your case and determine whether an amicable resolution may be reached outside of court. If it appears litigation will not be necessary, we will work with you to produce a written agreement that can then be presented to the other party or his/her attorney.
What to expect.
You will meet with one of our attorneys to provide background information on the relationship which is ending/has ended, as well as information relating to any children of the relationship, real and personal property acquired during the relationship, and whether financial support is appropriate. If you do not already have an agreed upon resolution to the outstanding issues, we will advise you as to your legal rights, as well as to the most reasonable resolution in light of your current circumstances.
Understand your options.
After you have presented the information relevant to your circumstances, we will present you with the various ways you and your opposing party can resolve the outstanding issues.
Identify issues and realities.
Reaching an agreement on your legal issues involves compromise from both parties. Our attorneys will work with you to identify all issues which may potentially stand in the way of a resolution and discuss all options for dealing with them.
Define outcomes and develop goals.
In preparing a written agreement, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of what you want. This means defining your desired outcomes with respect to alimony, custody/visitation, child support, real property, personal property, retirement, other assets and joint debts.
If you are going through a separation or divorce or anticipate doing so in the near future, contact our office to set up a consultation. Our attorneys can help you to understand your rights and the rights of your spouse, do separation/divorce planning, negotiate and prepare written agreements and represent your interests in court. The choice of how we negotiate may include mediation or the more traditional "lawyer to lawyer" negotiation, whichever is best suited for your situation.