Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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Our courts remain open during the governor’s COVID restrictions for all divorce and family law filings. The courts are still conducting hearings for orders on new divorce filings and for all cases with exigent issues such as parenting plans, child support, spousal maintenance, move-outs, and all restraining orders. As we are an essential firm under the governor’s orders, we remain open and fully available to assist with your emergent family law needs.

We are completely equipped with all technology necessary to meet the court’s remote hearing requirements, to meet the safety needs of all clients and staff, and to fully comply with the governor’s social distancing requirements. We look forward to serving you during these difficult times.

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Are there advantages to filing a divorce or custody action first?

There certainly can be advantages to filing your divorce or custody action first.  There can also be tactical advantages to waiting until your spouse or partner files. Discuss with your attorney whether there are any advantages to you filing first. Your attorney may advise you to file first or to wait until your spouse files, depending upon the overall strategy for your case and your specific circumstances.  Each client’s case is very unique.

Some Examples…

Since this is a frequently asked question, some examples are in order.  For example, hypothetically assume that your spouse is an orthodontist. He or she has moved out of the house and is transferring $10,000.00 per month to you voluntarily. Your attorney may advise you that if this matter went to court, you would get less money. It would then be advantageous to wait to file and let your spouse set a favorable precedent for you. The court may likely follow this favorable precedent if it has been in place long enough. [Read more…]

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