Family Law

Divorce doesn’t need to be a battlefield

They say “love is a battlefield,” but what happens when love fades? For feuding couples, it can seem like divorce is the battlefield.

Some divorces are straightforward, while others get more complicated, the more assets and dependents there are in common. Regardless of the climate of your divorce, it can continue to make ripples throughout your life for years to come.

While inevitably unpleasant, confusing, and overwhelming, it is possible for divorce to be clean and cooperative, with both parties confronting their changing circumstances with dignity and poise.

Donna can help unravel, explain, and tackle the complicated nuances and repercussions divorce can have on your life, your finances, and your overall wellbeing. She helps her clients with all sorts of family-related issues, including:

  • Divorce & post-divorce issues
  • Child custody & visitation
  • Child support arrearages & modifications
  • Spousal support (alimony) modifications & terminations
  • Division of retirement or pension issues

And, when it is not possible to handle a divorce in a cooperative manner, Donna is the assertive, tenacious advocate you need to represent you and your best interests.

Divorce & post-divorce issues

Go your separate ways, cleanly and civilly

Whether your divorce is amicable or rough, Donna can help you fight for what’s yours during this whirlwind time. Even after the dust has settled and the divorce is final, several legal ramifications remain that will continue to evolve and fluctuate, including:

  • Spousal support (alimony) mandates and modifications
  • Relocation out of state, which will affect custody and visitation rights
  • Property issues, which often crop up as common property is discovered
  • Wills and estates that need updating to reflect current wishes
  • Remarriage, which often significantly impacts alimony, child support, or inheritance provisions

It’s important to be prepared to address these sensitive issues, and to have legal counsel who can advise you on the lowest impact, most cost-effective ways to deal with them.

Child custody & visitation

Ease the transition

When it comes to custody, nothing is more important than preserving the parent/child relationship and supporting the kids as much as possible. While Donna is fully prepared to go to court, she prefers settlement-oriented resolutions given the sensitivity of the subject and those involved.

It is also important to remember that different courts and judges have very different stances on custody and visitation. Retaining strong, seasoned legal counsel is critical. Donna provides that assurance, keeping you informed and fighting for the best interests of you and your family.

Child support arrearages & modifications

Stay supportive

Arrears accumulate when one party falls behind on child support payments. Whether you’re the payer or the payee, Donna can help you navigate through the process.

Spousal support (alimony) modifications & terminations

Keep up with the changing tides

Lose your job? Hurt yourself and can’t find steady work? There are all sorts of changing circumstances that can qualify you to adjust your alimony responsibilities, and each case is absolutely unique. Donna can help advise you on how to keep on the alimony straight and narrow.

Division of retirement or pension issues

Protect yourself into the future

Equity earned in retirement plans, including pension funds, IRAs, and 401(k) plans, are all subject to division upon divorce, and the divvying up can get more complex, depending on years married and the number of accounts. Donna can guide you through the Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) document to determine how your retirement accounts will be divided, and represent your best interests from start to finish.

Get in touch with Donna to address these issues or any family law issue your family is facing.

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