DIVORCE | CUSTODY | FAMILY LAW
Many years ago, an older man—someone who would now be about my age—came into my office for a
divorce. He was a successful businessman and had married a younger woman. After only a few months of
marriage, he caught her in bed with another man. The man was upset and worried. He wanted to know if
she could get alimony. Could she get part of his 25 year old business? He would pay me anything to fight
I told him to write me a retainer for $25,000. He took out his checkbook and wrote me a check. I accepted
the check and told him to take a deep breath. Then I tore up the check.
I explained to him that he did not have to spend $25,000. Under the facts of his case, his wife was not
eligible for alimony or a share of his business. They had not been married long enough. As it turned out,
all she wanted was a divorce. The fee was $2,000.
It goes without saying that divorce and custody cases can be emotionally explosive. I think that the most
important thing in family law practice is not to throw oil on the fire. You don't want to spend $10,000 in
legal fees fighting over a $2,000 interest in a timeshare.
But when the issue is a spouse who wants to deny you the right to see your child or wants to control
when and where you see your child, then I spare no effort in fighting and securing justice for mothers and
fathers. There is a time to compromise and there is a time to fight. A good lawyer will help you choose
the right path. The one thing I know is that you should not have to sell your home to pay your lawyers'
fees. Feel free to call us. The consultation is free.