Alimony is something that is often requested by one party in divorce cases. Alimony is spousal support, or payments of money that one party makes to another after a divorce in order to assist the recipient to become self-supporting or to maintain a certain standard of living. Alimony is usually awarded at the end of the case as a result of a trial or an agreement between the parties.
In general, alimony falls into three main categories.
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Indefinite alimony
- Pendente lite alimony
In any case in which alimony is in dispute, a party that attempts to represent himself or herself without an attorney is taking a huge risk. That party will likely make a less persuasive case and receive a less favorable alimony outcome than otherwise. After the process is completed, an unrepresented party will likely wonder if a better outcome could have been obtained with an attorney. He or she may later hire an attorney and spend years and substantial attorney fees attempting to modify alimony.
Having an experienced attorney from the start is extremely important. Only an attorney has the necessary understanding of the law and the court process. An attorney will guide you through the process, advocate for you at every opportunity, and make a forceful case for you at trial if necessary. When the process ends, you will likely have peace of mind and a much better result.
Patrick is not like other alimony attorneys. Patrick has a boutique legal practice in which he provides high quality service to a small number of clients. His practice is small, and that is how he likes it. He is the only attorney in his office. Having a small practice allows Patrick to provide a highly personalized service in which he gets to know each client and delivers representation that is tailored to achieve that client’s unique goals. He has spent the last 14 years handling divorce cases, many of which involved alimony disputes. He has represented his clients in all stages of their cases, including settlement, trial, and appeal. He is aggressive while also being careful to avoid wasteful efforts and strategies that usually serve only to increase the client’s legal fees. Patrick directs his efforts in a focused and intelligent way on things that are most important to the client and that are calculated to bring results. He invites his clients to participate meaningfully in setting the case direction, he is friendly, and he is responsive.