Divorce, often accompanied by emotional turmoil and legal complexities, requires the guidance of seasoned professionals who can navigate the intricacies of family law.
In Laconia, NH, Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC stands out as a reliable advocate for individuals going through this challenging transition.
Our commitment to client success and legal prowess has established an excellent reputation.
Understanding the Divorce Landscape in New Hampshire
Divorce law varies from state to state. In New Hampshire, certain guidelines and regulations are critical to understand before diving into a divorce case:
- Residency Requirements: Either spouse must have been a resident of New Hampshire for at least one year before filing for divorce.
- Grounds for Divorce: New Hampshire recognizes fault-based and no-fault grounds for divorce.
- Property Division: New Hampshire follows equitable distribution, meaning assets acquired during the marriage will be divided fairly but not equally.
- Child Custody and Support: In determining custody and child support, the court prioritizes the child’s best interests.
Why Choose Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC?
Extensive Experience: With years of expertise in divorce proceedings, our attorneys offer a holistic approach to every case, ensuring clients feel understood and represented.
Diverse Practice Areas: Beyond divorce, the firm specializes in Personal Injury, Family Law, and Criminal Defense. This broad spectrum ensures clients receive comprehensive legal support in related matters that often interplay with divorce, such as asset division or domestic violence issues.
Collaborative Approach: Our team believes in a collaborative law approach, where both parties strive to resolve disputes without resorting to contentious court battles.
Esteemed Reputation: Members of the New Hampshire Bar Association and recognized by our diverse clientele, our team is known for its dedication and proficiency.
Tackling Complex Issues Within Divorce
Divorce is more than just the end of a marital union. It’s the unraveling of intertwined lives that brings forward a plethora of issues:
Child Custody and Support: Determining who gets custody of the children and setting the right amount for child support can be contentious. The firm’s priority is ensuring the child’s welfare while protecting clients’ rights.
Asset Division: Be it real estate, businesses, or other assets, their attorneys adeptly handle complex financial matters to ensure fair distribution.
Legal Separation: Legal separation can be a viable option for those not ready for a divorce but wishing to live apart. This allows couples to address financial and parenting matters without dissolving the marriage.
Domestic Violence: If abuse is a factor, the firm offers rigorous representation to ensure the safety of victims and fair legal outcomes.
Navigating Divorce for Unique Populations
Every individual, family, and circumstance is unique, leading to varied challenges during a divorce. Recognizing this, Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC has developed strategies and expertise tailored to address the unique concerns of different populations.
1. Business Owners and Entrepreneurs:
Divorces involving business assets can be incredibly complex. The intertwining of personal and business finances necessitates a deep understanding of business and family law.
Asset Valuation: Determining the precise value of a business or a share in a business is essential for equitable asset division. This can require financial expertise and sometimes the involvement of external valuation experts.
Protecting Business Operations: The stress and demands of a divorce can impact daily business operations. The firm works diligently to minimize disruptions and ensure the business remains viable post-divorce.
2. Military Families:
Military families face unique challenges regarding divorce due to deployments, pensions, and benefits.
Understanding Military Benefits: Military pensions and benefits can be a significant point of contention. The team ensures that both parties understand their rights and obligations related to these assets.
Deployment and Custody: Frequent relocations and deployments can complicate child custody decisions—the firm advocates for solutions that prioritize children’s well-being while respecting the military spouse’s service.
3. International and Out-of-State Couples:
Differing legal jurisdictions can complicate matters for couples who married outside New Hampshire or the United States.
Jurisdictional Challenges: Determining where to file and which laws apply is paramount. The firm’s extensive understanding of New Hampshire laws and their implications for international or out-of-state couples ensures smooth proceedings.
Cultural Sensitivities: Recognizing and respecting different cultural norms and expectations can be crucial in international divorce cases. The team at Friedman & Bresaw approaches these cases with cultural awareness and sensitivity.
4. High-Asset Divorces:
The stakes are high in cases involving significant assets, and the financial intricacies multiply.
Complex Asset Division: Beyond standard assets, high-asset divorces might involve offshore accounts, multiple real estate properties, trusts, and more. The firm’s meticulous approach ensures that all assets are accounted for and divided equitably.
Confidentiality: Given the public interest that sometimes accompanies high-profile or high-asset divorces, ensuring discretion and maintaining privacy becomes paramount. Clients can trust the firm to handle their affairs with the utmost confidentiality.
5. Older Couples (Grey Divorces):
Divorces later in life can have unique financial and emotional considerations, especially concerning retirement assets and estate planning.
Retirement and Pensions: Dividing assets intended to support a couple in retirement can be complex. The firm guides clients through decisions impacting their financial future and retirement plans.
In these unique scenarios, Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC offers tailored guidance, ensuring that every client, no matter their circumstances, receives the diligent representation they deserve.
Co-parenting After Divorce
Co-parenting after a divorce is a journey that requires both parents to collaborate for the well-being of their children.
The ability to foster a healthy environment for the kids, despite the end of a marital relationship, can significantly affect their emotional and mental development.
At Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC, we understand the intricacies of this challenging phase and assist clients in shaping a feasible and child-centric co-parenting strategy.
1. Establishing Communication Norms:
While it might be challenging initially, establishing a clear and respectful communication line between both parents is paramount. This includes deciding on the primary modes of communication, frequency, and setting boundaries to avoid potential conflicts.
- Neutral Platforms: Tools like co-parenting apps can help in organizing schedules, sharing child-related expenses, and updating each other about significant events without direct interaction, reducing the chance of disagreements.
2. Creating a Consistent Routine:
Children thrive on routine and consistency. Whether it’s related to their schooling, extracurricular activities, or visitation schedules, having a consistent routine helps children adapt to the new family structure.
- Unified Front: Even if parents have differences, presenting a unified front, especially concerning discipline, education, and values, can offer stability to the child.
3. Navigating Holidays and Special Occasions:
Holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions can be a source of tension. Planning in advance and, if necessary, creating new traditions can make these moments joyful rather than stressful.
- Sharing Time: Alternating major holidays or splitting time on significant days can be a balanced approach, ensuring the child gets quality time with both parents.
4. Prioritizing the Child’s Emotional Needs:
Children can have varied reactions to divorce. Ensuring they have the resources, be it counseling or open conversations, to navigate their emotions is vital.
- Open Conversations: Encouraging children to express their feelings without fear of judgment and reassuring them that both parents are available for support can be immensely helpful.
5. Review and Revise the Co-parenting Plan:
As children grow and situations change, the initial co-parenting plan might need adjustments. Regularly revisiting the plan and making necessary modifications ensures it remains relevant and effective.
- Periodic Mediation: If some disputes or challenges arise, seeking periodic mediation can help iron out differences and update the plan in the child’s best interest.
With the guidance and expertise of Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC, parents can navigate the complexities of co-parenting, ensuring a harmonious environment for their children even after the dust of the divorce has settled.
A Personalized Approach to Each Divorce Case
Every divorce is unique, and so is the approach at Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC:
Initial Consultation: The firm believes in understanding clients’ needs from the outset. The free consultation allows clients to discuss their concerns and understand the legal journey ahead.
Tailored Strategies: No two divorce cases are the same. Whether mediation, litigation, or collaborative law, we align our strategy with the client’s best interests.
Clear Communication: Keeping clients informed ensures transparency and builds trust.
A Future Beyond Divorce
While divorce marks the end of a chapter, it’s also the beginning of a new one. The team at Friedman & Bresaw, PLLC ensures clients are equipped to move forward with confidence:
Post-Divorce Modifications: As life changes, previous agreements might need adjustments. Whether it’s altering child support or custody arrangements, the firm is ready to assist.
Financial Counseling: With ties to financial experts, we guide clients in restructuring their finances post-divorce.
Emotional Support: Recognizing the emotional toll of divorce, they offer resources and counseling referrals, ensuring clients have the support they need.
In the labyrinth of divorce, having a dedicated ally can make all the difference. With a commitment to excellence and an unwavering focus on clients’ best interests, Friedman & Bresaw PLLC is your trusted partner on this journey. Contact us today!