Divorce, Custody, Visitation and Support
I represent clients in divorce, child custody, visitation and support matters. The range of cases in a divorce practice is tremendous. An uncontested divorce can be a relatively simple and fast-paced matter. A complex contested divorce can touch upon a vast range of property issues and require aggressive, but well-planned, action.
Child support, custody and visitation matters can be some of the most emotionally charged issues in the practice of law. Remember, the pivotal issue in all of these cases is “What is in the best interests of the child.”
An unfortunately large number of domestic relations cases end up involving violence. It is important in these types of cases that you recognize that both you and your spouse/your former spouse/other parent of your children are under a great deal of stress. Quite possibly more stress than either of you has previously encountered. Do not let yourself or your children become victims of this type of violence. Do not let yourself become a perpetrator of this kind of violence. Remember, even pushing is violence. Remember also that parents should never have hostile verbal arguments in front of the children, especially young children.
If you are in an unhappy marriage, it is wise to consult a lawyer before separating. Your lawyer can advise you to insure that your actions are clearly those of separating and not misconstrued as deserting.
As with all litigation, mediation and settlement should always be at least considered, and often preferred. Once you are informed of your rights and your possible legal strategies, you will be better equipped to confront these very serious issues.
Call Adam D. Elfenbein at 703-243-9223 to schedule your free initial consultation, or contact me online.