We know how hard it is to deal with the legal, financial and emotional concerns that come with divorce and other family law issue. You can count on us to be at your side during this difficult time, protecting your interests and those of your children. We do not practice one-size-fits-all family law. Instead, we take the time to listen to you and gain a thorough understanding of your particular concerns and goals. Then we will devise a strategy to meet all of your needs. We can help you with all of the following matters and more:

Divorce. From division of marital property to spousal support or alimony and beyond, we will help you prepare for a divorce and plan for the future. We are experienced at helping individuals through complex divorces involving businesses and high-value assets.

Child custody and visitation. Coming up with the right parenting plan and visitation schedule is a key component in divorce cases and paternity actions.

Child support. While child support is based on state guidelines, we will help you work with the formula as necessary in order to properly provide for your children.

Paternity actions. We know you are looking for answers. We will help you get those answers and plan for a better future.

Domestic violence. Incidents of domestic violence can tear a family apart. We can help you obtain protective orders, also known as restraining orders, as well as represent you if you find yourself charged with a domestic violence crime.

Grandparent rights. Every family is different. If you are a grandparent actively involved in your grandchild’s life, we can protect your rights and petition the court for a grandparent visitation plan.

Prenuptial agreements. These can be valuable tools for protecting assets and ensuring a mutual understanding prior to marriage.

Stepparent adoptions. You have raised your stepchild just as you would your own child. Now you want to make it official, with all of the rights and responsibilities of a birth parent. We can guide you through the stepparent adoption process.

We understand what you are going through right now. We are dedicated to protecting your interests and helping you move on to the next stage of your life. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your particular needs and goals.

Divorce

Going through the divorce process and looking out for your family is one of the hardest things you will ever do. At Stockton & Stern, LLC, we will help you find solutions and resolution. By answering your questions, addressing your concerns and standing up for your rights, we strive to make sure your future is secure. We handle both contested and uncontested divorce, and can help you with all of the following matters and more:

Child custody and visitation. You will always be a parent to your children. As your life changes, you want to have the right child custody and visitation plan both before and after divorce, so you can be there for you children.

Child support. We will help you navigate state child support guidelines and make sure your financial situation is reflected accurately.

Alimony (also known as spousal maintenance or spousal support). This may be applicable during the divorce process and beyond.

Division of marital property. We want to help you protect your property rights and start planning for your financial future. That starts with your plan for the division of marital property.

We invite you to contact us at your earliest convenience for a free consultation.

High-Net-Worth Divorce

The divorce process is emotional and complicated for every family. When your divorce involves multiple complex assets, matters become considerably more complex. It is critical to have a divorce attorney in your corner with extensive experience assisting clients through similar situations as your own. At Stockton & Stern, LLC, our attorneys have that experience, together with the requisite commitment to fight aggressively for your rights. We have a solid understanding of how to build the strongest possible case and the ability to:

  • Discover hidden assets
  • Divide vacation homes and luxury vehicles
  • Divide retirement accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s
  • Resolve inheritance matters
  • Solve tax issues
  • Handle business valuations

We are also well-versed in the enforcement of prenuptial agreements (also known as premarital agreements). If you have issues with your prenuptial agreement, we will analyze it and inform you of all your options. If you have a family business, we will take the proper steps to protect your company and your rights. We will work with valuation experts to ensure that your business and its assets are properly valued.

As a person of high-net-worth, you owe it to yourself and your children to contact us as soon as possible for a complimentary consultation.

Child Custody and Visitation

Throughout your child’s life, your family will likely experience many changes. Some changes will not affect your custody or visitation arrangements, but others could significantly impact them. Parents often have strong reasons for relocating. If you are considering moving out of state, it is important to follow the proper procedure to protect your custodial rights.

At Stockton & Stern, LLC, we know how difficult it can be to balance your children’s interests with your own financial and emotional needs. We will guide you through the process and help you reach a solution that meets your family’s needs.

Relocating your family

The rules for relocating with your child can be complex. It is important to follow the proper steps in order to accomplish your goals. For example, if you do not give your child’s other parent 30 day’s notice that you intend to move out of state, the court may force you to come back.

We understand that moving somewhere else may be in your family’s best interests, and we will help you present your case to the court. A family law judge will work to meet your child’s needs, asking:

  • How will moving change your child’s relationship with the other parent?
  • How will moving affect your child’s relationships with other family members?
  • Is changing schools in your child’s best interests?

Our firm is founded on strong values. We will always work hard to help you reach a child custody modification solution that is in your family’s best interests.

A judge can only offer limited solutions for your family. Our attorneys are often able to guide clients to creative parenting plans in negotiation. This is why we will likely recommend cooperative negotiation or mediation to resolve your child custody and parenting time concerns.

Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your particular needs and concerns.

Paternity

Mothers and fathers often have a hard time protecting their parental rights. Some parents need financial help supporting their children. Others cannot maintain a relationship with their kids because they have been denied visitation.

At Stockton & Stern, LLC, we know how difficult paternity suits can be for parents. With will use our extensive experience and mastery of the law to protect your rights and meet your child’s needs. After listening closely to gain an understanding of your unique situation, we will provide sound legal solutions when you need guidance regarding:

Child support. Raising a child alone is incredibly difficult. If your child’s other parent has shirked his or her financial responsibility, we will help you establish paternity and obtain child support.

Incorrectly identified fathers. You should not be held financially accountable for a child that is not yours. If you have been sued in a paternity dispute and are not the father of the child, it is important to protect your rights. We will represent you in Ross Hearings to protect your rights and meet the child’s needs.

Custody and visitation rights. Sometimes, parents are expected to pay child support but they are never given the opportunity to form a relationship with the child. We can help you reach a parenting time and visitation agreement in these situations.

If you are embroiled in a dispute involving paternity, or any other matter involving family law, contact us today for a free consultation.

Stepparent Adoptions

As a stepparent, you are likely already providing financial support for your stepchildren. Adoption can allow you to enjoy the other rights that come with being a parent.

The process of adopting stepchildren can be fairly complex or simple depending on the biological parent’s feelings about the adoption. Over the past decade, we have represented many stepparents in both kinds of adoption proceedings:

Consensual stepparent adoptions. When everyone involved agrees to the adoption, one court proceeding will take place. We will be by your side every step of the way and prepare you for the court’s questions. A family law judge will grant a decree of adoption and we will prepare the necessary documents so that your adoption can be recorded with the state.

Disputed stepparent adoptions. If the child’s biological parent refuses to consent to the adoption, we will help you decide if you should work to terminate his or her parental rights. When termination of parental rights is involved, we will help you consider all of your legal options and make decisions with your family’s best interests in mind.

We will take the time to understand your family’s needs and help you make informed decisions about the future. Our attorneys know how important your adoption is to your family, and we will do everything we can to help you successfully accomplish your goals. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.