Frequently Asked Questions
Collaborative law is a new way to resolve disputes by removing the disputed matter from the litigious court room setting and treating the process as a way to “trouble shoot and problem solve” rather than to fight and win.
As part of the collaborative law method, both parties retain separate attorneys whose job it is to help them settle the dispute. No one may go to court. If that should occur, the collaborative law process terminates and both attorneys are disqualified from any further involvement in the case
Yes, we are the right person for you, so far, you are able to open up to us and explain everything to detail, we are the right person to hand your case.
We understand the importance of communication and transparency between attorney and client. Although we would like to talk to you weekly by telephone, that would be neither practical nor productive. Legal matters have a way of stretching out over long periods of time. To you, it may often seem like ages have gone by without activity, however, in fact, much behind-the-scenes work is being completed so that on the day your matter is ready, nothing will be overlooked.
Let’s face it, hiring a professional can be expensive, especially if you hire a good professional. There is no denying that you can be smart and still need a professional with experience in a particular field in which you are not trained. Most lawyers I know hire other lawyers to represent them when they are faced with a legal issue. Even Will Rogers said “There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get him off the thing he was educated in!” I also saw a humorous mug that said, “Don’t confuse your Google search with a law degree!” While these are attempts at humor, there actually might be some truth here.
I once tried to wire up a ceiling fan complicated by an attached light fixture at my house. Seemed simple enough, right?! Well, I got a jolting reminder that it might be best to leave the professional work to the pros.
One factor in determining custody is which parent has been the primary caregiver for the child. Some states actually use the term “primary caregiver”; others refer to the parent who is best able to meet the child’s needs, who is most willing to accept parental responsibilities, or who has been caring for the child
Nearly every state has its own set of divorce requirements. From paperwork processing times to mandatory separation and waiting periods, your locale will affect the dissolution of your marriage. “In New Jersey, for example, divorces are not supposed to take more than a year… but some take much longer depending on the issues involved and the local court’s backlog,” Rajeh A. Saadeh, a family law attorney, explains. As such, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your states divorce laws.
Legal custody gives a parent the right to make long-term decisions about the raising of a child, and key aspects of the child’s welfare — including the child’s education, medical care, dental care, and religious instruction.
In most child custody cases, legal custody is awarded to both parents (called “joint legal custody”), unless it is shown that one parent is somehow unfit, or is incapable of making decisions about the child’s upbringing. A history of drug abuse, domestic violence, or child neglect would play a role in this decision, which is focused on what’s best for the child (not the parents). Physical custody, meanwhile, relates to where the child will live