Our attorneys and staff recognize that each divorce presents a unique set of facts and circumstances and requires a tailored approach. Certain cases merely require the preparation of a Settlement Agreement, where other cases require significant discovery of financial information, valuation of assets, including business interests, and the attainment of information that can only be obtained from individuals who are not a party to the action. While a majority of divorce cases are resolved by the parties reaching an Agreement, we recognize that our client’s rights and best interests cannot be achieved without solid preparation.
The breakup of a marriage is often one of the most difficult life events that a person will face. In addition to emotional turmoil, people are forced to confront many uncertainties, including, but not limited to:
- how will I afford to live after divorce,
- who will get custody of the child(ren) and how much time will each parent get to spend with the child(ren),
- where will each person reside during and/or after the divorce,
- whether a person will be entitled to receive or be required to pay child support and/or spousal support,
- how will assets, including retirement benefits, be divided,
- who is responsible for the debts and liabilities,
- how will business interests, if any, be divided, and
- how much will the divorce process cost.
A Prenuptial Agreement is necessary when a person seeks to protect assets acquired prior to their marriage, protect estate rights or limit support obligations in the event of divorce. The attorneys at O’Brien & Wood, PLLC are experienced in drafting Prenuptial Agreements that are legally binding and can effectively protect your assets and obligations in the event of a divorce.
A Postnuptial Agreement is a legally binding agreement that is entered into between a couple while they are still married, either happily or unhappily. Similar to a Prenuptial Agreement, a Postnuptial Agreement will set fortha resolution to issues in the event of a divorce.
While the attorneys at O’Brien & Wood, PLLC do not mediate divorce cases, we regularly assist clients in the mediation process. Our attorneys are available to advise individuals of their respective rights throughout the mediation process and to draft a Settlement Agreement once the parties reach an agreement through mediation.
At the initial consultation, our clients are provided with an understanding of the issues presented in their case and potential outcomes and information and documentation that will be need to be obtained to accomplish the optimal result. We will also discuss, if necessary, the retention of expert witnesses, including appraisers, forensic accountants and/or business valuation experts. From that point forward, our attorneys and staff will work closely with you to make sure that we obtain all information necessary to effectively present our client’s case to the court and opposing party.