Our Style Of Practice
We strive to guide you through difficult divorce and child custody cases. This means that we will actively advance your case and attend to all matters in an expedient manner. As you may know if you were referred by a previous client, we will have your paperwork completed and filed with the court promptly, we will set issues for hearing, and we will always keep you advised of the progress in your case.
In our first meeting, we will attempt to set forth what your expectations of the results should be. As much as I pride myself on achieving a consistent quality result, there are limits as to what I can do for you. This applies equally to all of us. For example, a parent who has not seen his or her child in several years should not expect to be granted custody absent extraordinary circumstances. In representing you, we will necessarily keep your case pointed in a realistic direction, through settlement or trial.
An important part of this representation will be explaining to you in detail how the law and local practice apply to the specific facts of your case. This will sometimes mean discussing with you options for how to proceed in your case. There are some options that may involve more litigation while other options will involve mediation or negotiation. Each option discussed will carry it’s own risks and rewards. At every stage we will work to answer all of your questions.
Accordingly, we are all very candid and honest with you regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your case. We will never simply tell you “what you want to hear”. We will give you tailored advice as to how we feel you should handle a given situation. We will regularly provide you with our “bottom line” advice and tell you frankly our opinion of the facts as they develop. Please remember that our advice is based on what the law demands and on what your goals are for your case. What we recommend may sometimes be uncomfortable, but you must learn to rely on our experience and follow our instruction. “Charting your own course” in a family law matter can have potentially devastating results for you.
We will also remind you that your case ultimately belongs to you. You have the power to make decisions on your case, whether that is to pursue an aggressive course of litigation or to settle matters more amicably, or some other option we develop and discuss. Some lawyers will tell you that you must take some action or course on your case; while we will be firm with you regarding our professional opinion, the course of your case is up to you.
It is important to realize that the decisions made in your case will ultimately affect the outcome or potential of success later. We believe that child custody cases in particular are long term cases in which certain actions early in the case may have consequences for years to come. We will generally advise a course of action that takes this into consideration. Similarly, many clients wish to pursue certain actions in a case, often to be more “amicable” toward the other side, when those actions may change our potential to seek future actions. This does not mean that your choice to take such actions is not warranted, but that you should understand the impact this may have on the direction and outcome of your case.