Dissolution of Marriage (Contested or Uncontested)

A dissolution of marriage is one of the most difficult experiences for a client and often a client’s first exposure to the court system. Tamara has experience involving a broad range of issues that occur in a dissolution action including, spousal support for both short and long term marriages, child support, complex property and financial issues, including family farmland and military families.

As a trial litigator, Tamara believes thorough preparation and client education is key to success. Although most family law cases settle in advance of trial, an effective litigator has the experience to prepare a case and see it through a myriad of pretrial motions and discovery.

It is not uncommon for a client to seek aggressive representation. While Tamara appreciates the utility in advocating zealously for a client, a door should be kept open for resolution. In many cases, particularly where children are involved, the goal is to keep a courteous relationship between parents for the future when Tamara’s services are no longer needed and the family goes on with their lives outside the judicial system. To that end, wherever possible, Tamara seeks practical solutions and will “think outside the box” to meet those goals. Tamara will go over the options with a client to enable to client to make an informed decision when a potential resolution is discussed.

One of the most important aspects of representing a dissolution client is the fact that the client is in the driver’s seat. Tamara will advise and make recommendations, however, determination of the final course of action remains with the client. Oftentimes, the costs of litigation are an inescapable factor and Tamara will work with the client to try and meet the client’s objectives economically.

Uncontested Dissolutions

Tamara offers a fixed or “flat rate” option for uncontested dissolutions of marriage, both with and without children. Tamara can only represent one of the spouses in an uncontested dissolution of marriage.

Oftentimes, while researching uncontested dissolutions, a client will naturally (and understandably) gravitate towards the cheapest option. However, Tamara does not approach an uncontested case as merely an exercise in filling out the forms. Each case has unique issues and requires an experienced drafter to foresee potential pitfalls and include appropriate provisions to avoid post-decree litigation.