Common Client Needs
Divorce and Family Law
Ending a marriage is never easy. In addition to heightened emotions, you and your partner have to address the difficult issues of property and asset division, child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony. While nothing can minimize the hardships caused by this difficult life-changing event, having the right divorce lawyer by your side can make the process smoother and a lot less stressful.
Property Division / Equitable Distribution
Generally speaking, in a divorce, the assets and liabilities (debt) acquired or generated during the marriage are equally divided among you and your spouse. Assets include your home, and its furnishings; retirement accounts, such as pension plans and 401K accounts; stock accounts, and family businesses. In some cases, you may be entitled to a greater (unequal) share of the assets. Scott Levine is experienced in addressing the complex issues associated with equitable distribution, including the valuation of assets such as family owned businesses, and he will work hard to see that the issues involved in your equitable distribution are resolved in a fair and proper manner.
Child Custody / Timesharing
Issues of child custody are often the most difficult matters to address between divorcing spouses. Naturally, both parents want what is best for their children. Problems arise when the parents cannot agree on a time-sharing schedule that is actually in the best interests of their children. A skilled and experienced divorce lawyer can help you look objectively at the situation and make sure your focus is on your children.
Addressing the Needs of Family Law Clients
When you are faced with a difficult family law issue, you undoubtedly have many questions and concerns. Do any of the following sound familiar to you?
• Am I entitled to a portion of my spouse’s pension plan?
• How is alimony decided? Am I entitled to alimony? If so, how much and for how long?
• My spouse owns her business and I think she earned more money than she is reporting. How can I show that she is making more money than she is showing?
• We have no equity in our house. What will happen with the house if we get divorced? Who will be responsible for the mortgage payments?
• My spouse has a drinking problem and I am concerned about him having visitation with our children.
• My divorce is finalized, but I recently lost my job and cannot afford to pay my current child support payment.