Family law litigation can be an emotionally charged, complex and costly affair. Successful cases are built upon effective presentation of facts that compel the judge to render the desired decision. Working closely with your attorney, you can focus the court’s attention on facts supporting your position and undermining the opposing party’s arguments.
Clients who provide their attorneys with well-organized information in an efficient manner save time and money. E-mail and letters are cost-effective and precise. Telephone calls made to the paralegal, rather than the attorney, cost less and allow the attorney to focus on the case going to court that day. Clients who assist their attorneys by promptly providing requested documents can help manage their litigation costs and strengthen their cases.
Attorney Joanne Kleiner is well-versed and experienced in family law matters, tailoring her representation in order to meet your needs. Her experience and background will be useful in planning an appropriate course of action based on your goals, facts and circumstances. To discuss your divorce or family law matter in confidence with an experienced lawyer, please call 215-886-1266 or contact Joanne E. Kleiner & Associates online.
Presenting Well in Family Court Cases
Your attorney practices before the local courts every day and has experience regarding the importance your judge places upon specific facts. Courts do not let passion, bias or colorful arguments influence their decisions. However, certain facts carry greater weight than other facts in court. For example, the needs of children usually outweigh financial factors. There is rarely a clear winner or loser in family litigation, but with clarity and communication, you and your attorney can work together to ensure the best possible outcome.
A guiding principle in family law is to make decisions that are in the best interest of the child. Courts have wide discretion to fashion rulings that protect children and their need for healthy relationships with siblings and both parents. Courts consider which parent is more likely to encourage a healthy relationship between the child and the other parent in custody determinations and often go to great lengths to insulate children from litigation.
Absent a pattern of violence, parents will almost always have joint managing conservatorship of their children. Courts may designate a location or school district in which the children must reside. Courts may also grant one parent the exclusive right to choose where the children will primarily live within that geographic area.
ACCESS TO CHILDREN
Parents’ access to and possession of a child should be agreed upon by the parents, with the help of the attorneys. In the event the parents cannot agree, the court must create an access schedule dividing the child’s time between the parents.
Child support payments are computed according to statutory guidelines based upon the obligor’s defined net income. Click HERE for a Pennsylvania child support calculator.
Equitable Distribution refers to the process of dividing debts and marital assets.. If spouses can’t agree how to divide their property, they may end up in court, where a judge will decide for them. Click HERE for more information.
THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS
There are no stupid questions. Our staff is here for you – please utilize our expertise. You deserve to understand the issues relating to your case. When you are armed with a thorough understanding of the issues, you can effectively assist in the preparation and presentation of your case.