AREA OF PRACTICE
Divorce is tough, but I am here to help you navigate the process. I take a measured approach to divorce. I will fight to get you the equitable result that you deserve. If possible I will do this through mediation and settlement. If and when the time comes to escalate your case to a litigation track, I proceed strategically to minimize cost and emotional strain. Whether your case settles or goes to court, it is crucial to know that you have someone on your side who puts your interests first.
It is important to be able to go through a divorce at your own pace. Some clients are ready to get a divorce as soon as possible; others need time to process and think about what they want. In my practice, I want to move at a pace that is comfortable for you. During your initial consultation, we can discuss your goals and timeline.
The Divorce Process with Catherine
The Initial Consultation
The first step is to call or email my office for a consultation. Consultations typically last approximately an hour. During the consultation, we discuss the issues in your case and form a plan for going forward. This is your opportunity to tell me your story and what you need. At the end of the consultation I will set an initial retainer based on the facts and complexity of your case. The initial retainer is refundable – the money is yours until I earn it, and anything left at the conclusion of your case is returned to you.
If you have prior orders or pleadings on file in your case, please bring them to the consultation.
Please do not bring children to an initial consultation. I love children, but the consultation will require your full attention, and I do not have childcare available.
The Legal Process
The divorce process varies depending on the case. Some cases never go to court. Some cases have a limited number of court proceedings, but ultimately settle out of court. Others require frequent trips to the courthouse and a final trial. Regardless of which track you take, I will explain the process to you. At no point in your divorce, whether you hire me or a different attorney, should you be confused about what is happening in your case. This is your life, your future, and your family.
I believe in talking about money so you know what is going on. No surprises. I am a solo practitioner with a modern office, which allows me to keep overhead low and provide a streamlined service. My rate does not include the cost of the empty conference rooms or mahogany desks of some larger firms. Nevertheless, divorce can be an expensive process. Let’s be open and upfront about managing it.