Divorce, custody, parenting matters, and other issues between family members and former spouses are understandably very personal and emotional. Regardless of the value of the assets and financial decisions that may be at stake, family law involves some of the most difficult, damaging issues the legal system must deal with.
In some situations involving divorce or separation, spouses are able to reach an agreement resolving their issues without getting lawyers involved. At Markette & Chouinard, P.C., it is not our goal to create conflict or discourage parties from settling issues on their own. However, in these instances, the parties may not consider all the implications their agreement may have on their rights. Therefore, before completing an agreement without lawyers, we suggest consulting with an attorney on a confidential basis. At Markette & Chouinard, P.C., we are available for this purpose. In other situations, it is necessary to retain a lawyer as a result of the complex legal issues a divorce or separation may present, or where a high level of conflict already exists between the parties.
At Markette & Chouinard, P.C., we represent many individuals engaged in contested family law matters. In some cases, only property and financial issues exist. Others may involve parenting and custody issues alone. Ideally, even parents involved in a contested divorce or separation proceeding should be able to agree on an arrangement that benefits their children. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. In any scenario, we are prepared to help. We have developed working relationships with experts and other professionals we often rely on to support our client’s position when appropriate. In cases where an agreement is not possible, we are prepared to press our client’s rights (and their children’s best interests) in court.
Fees in family law matters are based on our prevailing standard rates. In some instances, a retainer may be required depending on the scope of services requested and other factors which may unique to a particular client and circumstances.