Decide what she wants and needs. She should not be overly emotional and lose sight of other important issues, such as child custody, support and equitable distribution.
What should a woman consider when choosing a divorce attorney?
Every client should consider choosing an attorney who is competent and knowledgeable in the law and who will represent their particular interests as fully as the law.
What is collaborative law and how is it different from mediation?
I am not involved in collaborative law. Rather than mediating equitable distribution settlements, which is an additional cost to the client, I prefer a four-way or three-way meeting depending on whether the other party is represented.
How do you handle couples that are involved in a high-conflict divorce?
I try to minimize the impact on my client’s life, as well as that of any children. I remind my client that any issues with the children should be discussed with the other parent or through counsel. I try to remove my client from the highly emotional and conflicting events.
What would you say to a woman that was insisting on having her day in court?
I would remind the client of the inherent risk involved with having your day in court. I would have the client acknowledge in writing that they are insisting on having a day in court and have rejected all settlement offers or that they refused to negotiate with the other party.
What advice would you give clients to get a divorce with the least possible conflict and pain for all of those involved?
I would advise any client to make reasonable demands with regard to equitable distribution. I always remind clients that we are seeking a no fault divorce.
Under what circumstances would a judge grant sole physical and legal custody to a parent?
When the best interests of the child warrant such an award.
If a woman’s husband and his attorney is lying about her or marital property to the courts, what should she do?
Tell the truth, show how her spouse and his attorney are misrepresenting the extent of her marital assets.
How often do you see cases of Manimony?
What advice would you give a woman regarding social media and texting during the divorce process?
I remind all claims when using social media, text messaging and email that anything they say is an admission which can be used against them in any hearing.
Is there any other advice you would like to give women who are just beginning the divorce process?
Let your lawyer the your lawyer and cooperate and assist he/she with gathering the information to enable your lawyer to secure the best possible resolution for you in divorce, child custody and support.
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