Family Law

Divorce and Separation

Frequently, separation and later, divorce, is thought of as a straight-forward process involving the applicable “divorce laws.”  In fact, separation involves complex issues of finance and support, child-rearing, present debts and future obligations, property divisions and many other issues.   During the separation and divorce process, Ms. Herman often calls upon property, tax, bankruptcy, business and mental health experts, as well as others, to assist clients in the separation and divorce process.

Annulment

As a possible alternative to divorce, annulment is a declaration by a court that a marriage was invalid from the beginning, or should be declared to be such.  While not a common procedure, Ms. Herman is prepared to explain what is involved in seeking an annulment, and when it is possible to present a case for annulment to the court, and then to assist in such a proceeding.

Alimony and Spousal Support

When couples separate and divorce, families are often forced to establish two households under the same financial circumstances that previously supported one.   When there is a disparity in the ability to earn income, whether, for example, as a result of illness or disability or where one party left the workforce to care for the family, the law provides for alimony or spousal support to assist the lesser earning partner in providing for his or her needs, both during the separation and divorce period and on a more permanent basis.   While issues involving alimony and spousal support can be difficult, Ms. Herman has years of experience in helping clients work out financial arrangements sufficient to meet their needs and in advocating for clients in legal proceedings when agreements cannot be made.

Property Divisions

Many people, whether married, domestic partners or cohabitants, acquire shared interests in real property, bank accounts, investments, retirement savings, automobiles and/or personal effects.   Different laws and principles apply to these relationships, and property ownership, in different jurisdictions and under different circumstances.  Ms .Herman has experience in identifying and arranging for the disposition of property involved, regardless of the relationship between the parties.

Post-Divorce Enforcement and Modification

It is an unfortunate fact that the resolution of issues between spouses, partners, or cohabitants, whether by mutual agreement or court order, does not always end the need for legal counsel.  As time goes by, circumstances often change and require the modification of previous arrangements.  Notwithstanding the stated intentions at the time of a settlement to comply with it, issues of enforcement and interpretation arise.  Ms. Herman can help identify such issues and assist clients in dealing with matters of enforcement or modification of previous agreements or orders, seeking court intervention when necessary.



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