DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW
We help with these family issues
- Premarital or Cohabitation Agreements: For people who are getting married or moving in with a partner and want to clarify expectations and responsibilities.
- Paternity Orders: For unmarried parents (including expectant parents) who want to establish paternity and formalize their parenting and child support arrangements.
- Divorce or Legal Separation: For married couples (including same sex) or those who are not ready for a divorce but want to declare their financial and parenting arrangements through legal separation.
- Post-Decree Modification of Orders: For people who have parenting or support orders that are outdated due to children emancipating, relocation, change in income, a change in children’s expenses, or a change in medical insurance. This also applies to spouses whose spousal support obligation has terminated.
We help with these estate issues
When your family situation changes, so must your estate plan! In almost every situation involving a family Life Event, you will need a new estate plan, which can consist of a simple will-based plan or a trust. We’ll help you create a sustainable plan and if you’re an Executor, Personal Representative, or Trustee, we can assist you in administering the estate.
- Will-based estate plans
- Powers of Attorney
- Temporary Guardianship (for minor children)
- Guardian / Conservator Appointments
- Advance Healthcare Directives
- Revocable Living Trusts
- Estate Administration
We help you move your money
If you have an ERISA qualified investment plan such as a 401(k), 403(b), or pension, you may need a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) in order to divide the assets pursuant to divorce or legal separation. We can help!
We are also partnered with Pelleton Capital Management, Ltd., in the Rescue My 401(k) Program, offering QDROs to happily married clients as a way to expand investment possibilities. Click here to learn more about Rescue My 401(k).
We provide Mediation, Consulting, and Advisory Services
We never, ever go to Court (and neither should you). In all cases, our approach is to work with both parties whenever possible and to advise individual clients with compassion and a future focus.
Mediation is a confidential process that allows you to resolve your disputes privately and efficiently. Pamela serves as a neutral facilitator to assist you in reaching agreements that meet everyone’s best interests. As an Advanced Family Mediator (as certified by the Association for Conflict Resolution), Pamela has the experience, training, hands-on skills, and in-depth knowledge necessary to help you untangle even the toughest knots with compassion, confidentiality, and dignity.
Mediation is the smart, peaceful way to:
- Create your premarital or cohabitation agreement
- Resolve your separation or divorce
- Address post-decree disputes such as parenting time or child support.
With the Court’s website offering forms for all kinds of legal issues, you may only need a bit of help understanding the process and drafting your court pleadings. We are happy to help you “do it yourself” by offering coaching and consulting services on an hourly basis.
Legal Coaching and Consulting can help you:
- Prepare and plan for divorce
- Understand your legal rights and responsibilities
- Draft initial or responsive Court pleadings
- Navigate the paternity, divorce, post-decree, or probate Court process
- Comply with statutes, Court rules, and Court orders
- Prepare for hearings, trial, evaluations, or mediation
- Compile and prepare exhibits and other evidence for trial
- Review and revise settlement agreements or stipulated orders
When working with you in an advisory role, Pamela will assist you in drafting the appropriate documents for your best course of action.
Advisory services apply to:
- Paternity, Divorce, Legal Separation, and Modification of Orders: The last thing you need when you are working out the dynamics of your family situation is more homework. Working in an advisory role, we help you draft sustainable, equitable agreements that are written specifically for your situation. You provide the terms and we make those “back-of-the-envelope” agreements into legally binding agreements and Court orders.