Family Law Services

Divorce

Most divorce cases take too long and cost too much.  There are numerous ways attorneys can extend a case and increase the fees they charge their clients.  I, however, will not do that.  I will make every effort to end a case quickly and reduce the total cost.  At the same time, I will work side-by-side with you, keeping you well-informed about the legal steps taken on your case.  During this difficult emotional and financial ordeal, I will advocate to protect your rights.  Not every case can be settled.  If your case goes to trial, you will have an experienced trial lawyer on your side—me.

Child Custody

Your child custody matter will be decided by a judge if you and the other parent cannot agree.  As required, the judge will take into consideration a mediation report written either by Family Court Services or a private mediator.  I will prepare you to put your best foot forward at the mediation which must take place prior to the court hearing.  Because reaching an agreement with the other parent will save you money, I will aggressively pursue a settlement on terms favorable to you.  If an agreement is not possible, I will use the trial skills I have developed over the course of 50 jury trials to advocate on your behalf.

Contempt Hearings

Judges take seriously violation of court orders and punishment for violation can include jail time.  If you are accused of violating the terms of a child custody order, child support order, or other court order, a contempt citation may be filed against you.  You need an experienced courtroom attorney with criminal law experience on your side if a court is threatening to throw the book at you.  Also visit macneildefense.com.

Restraining Orders

As a deputy district attorney, I prosecuted domestic violence cases.  As a family law attorney, I have successfully defended clients who faced restraining orders.  So, whether you are seeking a restraining order, or whether someone is seeking one against you, you will get a better result with my assistance.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

If you’re planning to marry, one of the best ways to avoid conflict in the future is to enter into a prenuptial agreement now for what you would want to happen if your marriage turns out differently than you plan.  A prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement (if you are already married) can save you from prolonged and costly legal proceedings in the future by agreeing now on certain terms.