Custody and Family Law for Unmarried Parents

When you have a child from a previous relationship and do not have an adequate Custody and Parenting Time Order from the court, or you are not receiving enough support for your child, it can cause anxiety and uncertainty in where to turn to find answers.

If your circumstances have changed since the time your custody and parenting time Order was first entered, it might be tempting to leave the Order alone fearing that it would be too much effort to change the Order at this time.

You need someone that knows the ropes and can guide you through the process.

When you work with me, you will be able to make informed choices about whether to resolve the issue in or out of court. Regardless of which process we decide is best for you, it is essential that you have a say about where your child will live, where he or she will attend school, how much child support and parenting time you or your co-parent will have, or how your child’s college expenses be paid. There is always a solution – we just have to work together to find the one that’s best for you.

I make a practice of reviewing your case regularly to ensure that we are doing whatever is necessary promptly and efficiently. You deserve to be treated with respect and I dedicate personal attention to each and every client that walks into my office. I make it a priority to return phone calls and emails as soon as possible so that your questions and concerns will be addressed promptly. No excuses.

I am committed to helping you choose the outcome that is right for you based on what you feel matters most. It’s important to work with your spouse’s attorney (or your spouse directly where he or she does not have an attorney) to resolve your legal issues efficiently so that you can avoid a trial where a judge will tell you what you have to do.

Expand your options with a winning team on your side.

Sometimes, where you and your spouse are having considerable difficulty reaching solutions, a wider variety of creative solutions can be generated by enlisting a family therapist or coach to help to facilitate healthy communication and brainstorm options that meet both your needs. If this seems like the best solution for you, then together we will assemble your team to optimize the chances for a speedier and more efficient result.

When I represent you, you are likely to learn new things about yourself and feel more connected to what matters most to you. This will lead to a greater sense of control and peace of mind.

Even with the best team behind you, there are still some things that you can’t control.
For example, what happens if the other parent refuses to cooperate in creating a resolution or is intent on dragging things out? This is where I put my negotiating and creative problem solving skills to work for you in working with your spouse’s attorney. In the event that we decide that going to court will be your best option, we will present your case to the judge as completely and as compellingly as possible.

Unfortunately, it is difficult – if not impossible – to predict how a judge would decide your issues in your case. Therefore, at the beginning of each case, I will typically reach out to the other attorney to establish rapport and to seek a cooperative approach to resolution. This tends to move your case along more quickly and certainly gives you the greatest degree of control over your outcome.

Let’s discuss your personalized strategy.

In our initial consultation, we’ll strategize and determine which route is best for you and create a customized plan. We will talk about your needs, goals, issues and options. At that time, I could give you a better idea of what the costs and fees might ultimately be whether we resolve your case in or out of court.

I encourage you to take that step to find out the answers to your many questions. Here, knowledge really is power. Once you seize that knowledge – and control – you will feel a sense of relief even just knowing you have a game plan.

Contact me immediately to schedule a consultation and we will form a game plan together.