An initial consultation on any family law matter at Simpson & Associates, begins with a detailed questionnaire. We know from experience helping many past clients the types of issues and questions that need to be addressed in family law situations involving:
Divorce, whether contested or uncontested; high asset, middle class or low income; for a petitioner or a respondent to a divorce petition
Property division in divorce, including division of complex assets such as stocks and bonds, investment properties, retirement accounts and collectibles
Child custody and visitation: parenting plans for separated, unmarried, divorcing and divorced parents; modifications and enforcement of custody orders
Child support and alimony; modifications and enforcement
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that take the litigation out of any potential divorce
Paternity, adoption, grandparents’ rights, fathers’ rights and mothers’ rights
Based on the results of the questionnaire, we evaluate clients’ legal situations in terms of what is possible, what is recommended, what the course of action will likely cost and what problems may arise.
In most family law cases, litigation is not the best solution. It is costly. It reduces very personal relationships to impersonal maneuvers. It puts a family’s future in the hands of a family court judge who does not know the family’s dynamics, history or potential.
Negotiations or mediation, on the other hand, allow spouses or parents to keep family matters private. Amicable methods of resolving divorce or custody issues allow the individuals involved to make decisions based on what is best for themselves and their children.
We adapt to the methods most appropriate to each client. We pledge honesty — and skillful advocacy. We are prepared to guide you through the legal processes that suit your needs in pursuit of desired goals.