Divorce

Supporting Your Best Interests in a Divorce

Defining divorce simply as a legal matter is an understatement. The process of divorce can be financially and emotionally draining —but, when handled properly, it can also initiate a time of positive transformation for you and your family. At O’Connor Family Law, we deal with divorce on a regular basis, but we will never take the responsibility of representing you during this time lightly. Our goal is for you to leave our firm feeling as though you have taken a step forward toward creating a new and positive future. We are here to help you deal with the complexities of your divorce while finding the strongest, most straightforward, and most efficient approach to help you meet your goals.

Custody

Strong Advocates For Your Parental Rights

When deciding matters like child custody, a judge will prioritize the “best interests” of the children involved. As a parent, you know your child’s needs better than anyone. So how can you ensure those needs are properly represented in a court of law? At O’Connor Family Law, our attorneys have extensive experience helping families resolve custody and related issues, especially in complex disputes. We make sure you and your child both have a strong advocate to obtain the best result possible.

Parental Alienation

Your Allies When the Other Parent is Your Enemy

For many parents, one of the most daunting aspects of divorce is the idea that your relationship with your children will be compromised. Many divorced parents are able to avoid this by maintaining an amicable relationship for the child’s benefit. Others are not so lucky. When divorce involves a high level of conflict or ill will, children can often get caught in the middle.
Parental alienation can take many forms, and while it often manifests in subtle ways, the consequences can be devastating for the child and parents alike. The practice can involve manipulating a child in order to cultivate distrust, fear, or disrespect for the other parent. Oftentimes it occurs when a custodial parent does (or fails to do) something, either actively or passively, that diminishes the noncustodial parent’s ability to have a meaningful relationship with the child.

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

Providing You with Confidence in the Future

At O’Connor Family Law, we believe in the idea of a marriage that lasts forever and a strategic plan, in the event it does not go as anticipated, can coexist in a healthy marital relationship with the correct guidance. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are designed to provide both parties with peace of mind and certainty about the future. A strong contract that lays out each person’s rights and responsibilities in the event the marriage ends can help you save a great deal of time, money, and stress in the future. Both require the knowledge of an attorney who can draft your agreement, to be held valid at the time of a divorce or death. A vast majority of prenuptial agreements are tossed out because they do not meet the Court’s requirements. Our Firm will work with you to create a contract that you can count on.

Cohabitation Agreements

Have Confidence in Your Living Situation

At O’Connor Family Law, we believe that careful planning and foresight can prepare parties for future changes—and even strengthen existing relationships. A cohabitation agreement leaves no room for confusion about responsibilities, rights, and expectations. Give us a call to schedule a consultation. We know you’ll rest easy knowing you have a backup plan, giving you a degree of certainty in an otherwise uncertain situation.

Restraining Orders and Domestic Assault & Battery

Protection When You Need it the Most

Restraining orders can be instrumental in gaining protection in cases of genuine harassment, domestic violence, or spousal abuse. Unfortunately, they are just as often wrongly obtained to help one side gain the upper hand in a pending divorce or custody case. As a protective court order, they can have serious ramifications—both in a legal and personal sense. When someone even simply alleges a violation of a restraining order, the person who has the order against them could be charged with a criminal offense, arrested, and potentially end up in jail.

Contempt

Helping You Right Your Ex’s Wrong

A Contempt of court occurs when someone willfully violates a clear judgment or order of the court, thereby undermining its authority, without just cause. Being accused of being in contempt of a court order is a very serious thing as it can carry a penalty that includes paying the other party’s attorney fees, or even worse, going to jail. Filing a contempt if the other person is refusing to comply with a court order can be very helpful in making the other side fulfill his or her responsibilities to you and/or your children.

Modifications

Offering Insightful Guidance When Your Situation Has Changed

Sometimes finances, relationships, or other circumstances change as life moves forward causing existing court orders or judgments to become unworkable or outdated. Thankfully, the law provides for some flexibility in these situations and prior judgments can be modified. When your prior judgment no longer works, you may be able to file a complaint for modification seeking that the court order a more suitable arrangement. This is very important for child support cases where the payor’s income has changed or where the children are getting older and the prior parenting plan no longer is workable.