Harold W. Haldeman 19 years
As seasoned negotiators and capable litigators, we apply our skill and diligent preparation to resolve your case by agreement while always prepared to litigate when necessary.
Other law firms recognize our expertise in family law by hiring us as co-counsel in cases.
We work to serve your needs, to research the legal issues in your case, and to devise the best course of action given the facts of your case in an effort to provide you with sufficient information to make important decisions.
We do not advise clients to engage in the mediation divorce process where neither spouse has individual representation and the spouses work with one attorney who, while not representing either spouse’s individual interests, mediates their attempt to reach agreement. This is fraught with risks. The process may not account for unequal financial sophistication or unequal negotiation skills of the parties. It often loses sight of a fair and equitable result as the primary goal. In many instances, moreover, spouses are left to rely on the other spouse’s good faith representations concerning financial matters, which omits the benefit of due diligence through discovery to determine the true condition of their respective incomes, expenses, assets and liabilities. These weaknesses in the process become apparent when, as advised by the mediator and resulting in additional legal fees, the parties each hire independent counsel to review their mediated agreement. When one or both independent counsels advise against the agreement for lack of fair disclosure, or for unfair or inequitable provision for support or distribution of assets and liabilities, the parties find themselves starting the process again.
Preparation of a comprehensive marital summary – a history of your marriage.
Preparation of a parenting plan to determine accessibility of each parent to their children on issues such as visitation, vacations, holidays and residence.
Response to interrogatories or production requests from the other side.
Patience and perseverance as you work with us in preparation of your case.