Do you need help with a family issue?

Are you separated from your spouse or considering that possibility? Are you looking for guidance in preparing a prenuptial agreement?  Or perhaps you are looking for assistance in modifying or seeking enforcement of an Order or Agreement that is already in place. There are many reasons individuals and couples seek assistance from attorneys experienced in family law.

The Myerson Law Group devotes approximately sixty-percent of our practice to family-related matters.

If you are in the process of dissolving your marriage, you must begin making critical decisions that will determine the type of divorce you will experience. Your decisions will also impact the cost of your divorce and the emotional damage that will be left in the wake of this process. You have a number of options, any one of them may be right for you depending upon your particular circumstances.

Litigation

Traditionally, parties have obtained a divorce through an adversarial process referred to as litigation. A complaint is filed. Hearings may be held before the trial to resolve interim issues, such as temporary support.  “Discovery” is requested to obtain information needed for the preparation of each party’s case, including a series of questions and requests for certain documents. And, if the case doesn’t settle, the matter is tried in front of a judge. The judge, in turn, resolves the case for the parties, often unaware of the parties’ true circumstances and needs because the evidence that will be heard by the judge is governed by the rules of evidence  So sometimes important information is not heard by the judge.

Mediation

Mediation is an approach where the parties (sometimes accompanied by attorneys and sometimes on their own) meet with a neutral third party known as a mediator. The mediator is typically a specially trained and/or certified facilitator, an experienced attorney or a retired a judge who has received additional training to serve parties in this capacity. Mediators seek to facilitate discussions to assist parties in resolving their issues. A mediator cannot provide the parties with legal advice; however, he or she can provide general information and is often successful in helping parties reach an agreement. If the parties can reach a mediated settlement, they will be spared the expense, time, and pain of a trial. Most importantly, it is a decision reached by the parties themselves rather than one imposed upon them by a stranger. As such, the agreement is more likely to meet the parties’ concerns and the parties are more likely to honor it than a court-imposed resolution.  Moreover, an agreed upon resolution is more likely to facilitate more amicable future dealings between the parties, particularly if they have children in common.

Collaborative Law Method

This process is one in which each party selects his or her own attorney who has had special training in collaborative law. The parties identify their respective goals and concerns, provide full disclosure as to finances and other important facts, and work together in an attempt to resolve their issues even as they are preparing for their separate futures. Two people who may still care deeply for each other, but who have decided to pursue separate life paths ,work together to achieve a fair and harmonious resolution to their issues. Additional professionals such as child counselors, accountants, and appraisers, who also have been trained in the collaborative method, may be retained by the parties to provide expert input.

At The Myerson Law Group, we can assist you in each of these approaches.

Jay Myerson and Elanna Weinstein are skilled and experienced litigators. Additionally, Jay Myerson and Kimberly LaFave are trained mediators. Jay is the former chairman of the Fairfax County Conciliation Program, a long-standing neutral case evaluator, and is trained in the collaborative method. He is also a member of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, the Virginia Association of Collaborative Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Kimberly LaFave a certified mediator with the Virginia Supreme Court for General District Court. She also holds a professional certificate in Family Mediation through Northern Virginia Mediation Service.