More Contentious Matters like Hidden Assets
Marriages involving hidden assets or the business division of a family-held company can complicate a divorce and make resolving matters more contentious. A Contested Divorce can also take a heavy emotional toll, especially on children.
Attorney Michael Hines has the hands-on courtroom experience to fully represent you in a Contested Divorce trial and will fight hard on your behalf for such critical concerns as:
Child Custody/ Parenting Plans and Visitation/Timesharing
• The courts are likely to assign a family services investigator, guardian ad litem, parenting coordinator, or a combination depending on your circumstances. While an added expense, this can save problems in the end because they have a neutral perspective.
• Courts look for the parent that can foster a close and loving relationship with the other parent. Unless it can be proven your spouse is unfit - difficult to do in most cases, we must approach timesharing carefully in order to achieve your objectives.
• Determining whether one spouse pays Child Support and how much, is a more predictable issue. Based on well-established guidelines, the court has the discretion to deviate by as much as five percent, but they must be given good reason.
• Support is determined according to actual incomes, not what a spouse may claim for tax purposes. Courts can establish trust funds that benefit a child and not an ex-spouse. Your options vary and we can help you find strategies to meet your objectives.
• The most unpredictable issue.
• The court uses up to eight factors concerning the needs and ability to pay spousal support, including the duration of the marriage, age, physical health, education, current incomes, existing financial resources, contributions to the marriage, and the established standard of living in the marriage.
It is important for unemployed spouses to be prepared for the possibility they may have to return to work or begin working.
• Contested or not, dividing property in a Divorce is not about being equal so much as it is being equitable.
• We consult with forensic accountants to ensure all available assets from pensions and investments to real estate and business interests are properly identified, valued and distributed under the law.