I believe that education is power – I do my best to educate my clients about the process and, given the facts of their unique case, what the outcome would likely be if they are unable to resolve the divorce through compromise.
I believe that my clients should take an active role in their own cases – they have to make decisions about what is important to them, how best to secure their own financial future, and what is in the best interest of their own children.
They might not have gotten everything they wanted but, at the end of the day, they made an educated decision and compromised when they could.
I tell clients that we each have a job – mine is to have the hard conversations with the other side about parenting time and finances. My client’s job is to focus on communicating with his spouse in a cooperative way to ensure minimal conflict regarding parenting and to focus on his future financial plan.
If we can do this, conflict between the parties is minimized and our chances of reaching a resolution without trial is increased exponentially.
I touch base with clients frequently throughout their case to make sure that my work is aligned with their goals by asking them what they want at the end of the day and, of those things, is there anything you can live without if you had to.
I work with opposing counsel to resolve as many issues outside of the courthouse as we can. As to those issues that we can’t resolve, I prepare by reviewing any new trends in that area of the law and exchanging relevant information to the Court and opposing counsel as early as possible. I find that this process enables everyone to make an informed decision. There’s nothing worse than getting to court and not having all of the information you need to resolve an issue.
I take the time early on in the case to focus on the discovery process – to identify what documents we need, review what is disclosed, and obtain any “missing” information through depositions or subpoenas.