FAMILY LAW:

  • Marriage Dissolution 
  • Cooperative Practice
  • Child Support 
  • Child Custody 
  • Paternity Adjudication 
  • Orders for Protection
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Post Decree Issue
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Consultations
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

Marriage Dissolution 
Spousal Maintenance
Parenting Plan Conflicts 
Cohabitation Disputes 
Paternity Issues 
Probate Disputes 
Family Conflicts 
Parenting Time Expeditor (PTE) 
Parenting Consultant (PC) 
Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) 
Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) 

 EXPERIENCED, CLIENT FOCUSED, RESULTS ORIENTED

The practice of FAMILY LAW is a dynamic experience, one involving a solid understanding of the underlying law and, more importantly, of human relationships and conflict resolution.  The first step is in developing an understanding of the client’s goals and expectations.  Ms. Nevers brings the experience of over two decades of practice to her family law work, providing clients with a broad range of options on how to proceed.  Some of the options are as follows:

For many people, the COOPERATIVE PRACTICE model is a framework for creative, client-centered and efficient resolution of family law matters.  It is a voluntary settlement process that starts with a Participation Agreement identifying the negotiation process and, if necessary, dispute-resolution mechanisms.   Participants are able to understand, limit, and resolve legal issues, and access the court if necessary, particularly if there are genuine differences of opinion or material facts requiring judicial decisions.  The continuing emphasis is on cooperation between the parties and their attorneys, and all agree to negotiate in good faith, fully disclose relevant information, and either refrain from formal discovery or use limited scope discovery.  If it becomes necessary to move to a traditional litigation model, the clients retain their own attorneys and discoverable work performed by experts.

In some cases, it is clear from the beginning that the TRADITIONAL LITIGATION model will be the more effective choice.  This is true in those cases where the parties are extremely polarized in their positions on major parenting and financial issues, or where there has been domestic violence, serious chemical dependency or mental illness.  Even in those circumstances, Ms. Nevers believes that it is important to maintain a civil and professional working relationship with the other side.  It is also important to be comfortable in the courtroom environment, and to keep the focus on the issues throughout the process.
LEGAL REPRESENTATION can take many forms, including representation throughout  four-way negotiations, reviewing mediation agreements and drafting language, and a whole array of other options. Each family law matter is different, and there are many instances where the parties may have a fundamental agreement on how they want to move forward,  but could use some legal guidance along the way.  Sometimes scheduling a full consultantion with an attorney can provide the direction they need. Too often people decide to do without legal representation, because they can do it themselves.  They then find themselves with unanticipated problems well after the matter is finalized.  While the cost of legal representation may be an issue, it is generally a better use of resources to “do it right” the first time.
Please contact Ms. Nevers for a FREE INITIAL PHONE CONSULTATION consultation to determine if her services are what you are looking for. She can be reached by phone at 651-488-7099 or at laurienevers.com