Rhode Island Family Law and Divorce Attorneys
Newport Rhode Island Family Law and Divorce Attorneys
The Law Offices of Howe and Garside, LTD are staffed by Rhode Island Family Law Attorneys serving clients in RI towns surrounding Newport RI such as Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown, North Kingston, South Kingston, Wakefield, Tiverton, and beyond.
We handle family law matters in the following areas:
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Domestic Violence
- Enforcement of Orders
- Guardian Ad Litem
- Legal Separations
- Military Family Law
- Partner Agreements
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Restraining Orders
- Same-Sex Agreements
Contact the Newport RI Family Law Attorneys of The Law Offices of Howe and Garside, LTD at: 401-841-5700 or via EMAIL HERE.
What is Family Law ?
“Family Law” can be a confusing term. Most people refer to Family Law as the branch of law that deals with intra-family relations and this includes extended family legal matters. This area of law encompasses such areas as civilian and military divorce, adoption, domestic violence, restraining orders, paternity cases, juvenile law, same-sex agreements, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), grandparent’s rights, legal separation, Property Settlement Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements and enforcement of court orders. In Rhode Island these matters are adjudicated in the Family Court.
But there is more to Family Law. Family Law also encompasses “Elder Law”. Elder Law involves estate planning including revocable (living) trusts, irrevocable trusts, special needs trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, advance medical directives, life estates, family businesses and gift planning. Family planning also includes a knowledge of Social Security law, tax law, Medicaid planning and Veteran’s Aid and Attendance benefits. Each city and town has a Probate Court to establish, manage and conclude guardianships, conservatorships, custodianships, decedent’s estates and to oversee adoptions and name changes.
Probate Court appeals and other non-Family Court matters are adjudicated in the Superior Court in Rhode Island.
Because Family Law covers so many topics, it is vitally important to seek experienced legal counsel when you have a family issue or dispute and make certain that your attorney has experience and training to meet your needs. It is always wise to “Counsel First.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Often, a skilled mediator can assist two or more people to avoid the emotional and dollar costs of litigation.
Contact the Family and Divorce Lawyers of The Law Offices of Howe and Garside LTD at:
401-841-5700 or via EMAIL HERE.
WHY ARE THE DIVORCE LAWYERS HERE DIFFERENT?
In today’s economic climate, many divorcing couples are having a very difficult time dividing their assets because their investment accounts and “qualified” assets such as 401k accounts have diminished in value. At the same time their real estate value has diminished and their debt has increased. Often, they are running a negative cash flow even before they separate and have two residences to support.
When Jeremy Howe and Kristy Garside represent a party in a divorce action, we often are met with unrealistic offers from opposing counsel or we want to put forth a fair and realistic offer grounded on facts and not emotion. Our use of Family Law software allows us in cases to present clear projections of the current and future budgets of the persons with accurate future tax computations. The result is a more accurate picture of the possible economic consequences of an offer or counter-offer.
Similarly, when Nancy Johnson-Gallagher and Jeremy Howe of “Partners In Mediation” mediate cases, they use Family Law Software in most of the mediations. The software serves the important purpose of pointing out the true and complete economic position of the couple. Most often, one or both of the mediating couple do not have a clear picture of their economic reality. If the other party or the mediator(s) show that reality, they can be seen as “siding” with the other person (who does understand their reality) or as trying to defeat the desire of the other to be divorced.
More importantly, the software allows your mediators or your lawyer to manipulate all variables to determine which solution is the best solution:
- What is the effect of alimony on their taxes?
- Can we convert some property division into alimony within the IRS rules?
- What difference does it make if mother or father takes the dependency exemption(s)?
- Is the proposed property division fair?
- Did the division of the assets take into account the tax consequences of the asset division?
- What long-term financial effect will the offers have on the individuals?
All of these questions can be answered through use of the software and in many mediations and divorces, the software information has been the key to showing our clients the “bottom” line regarding their future budget and their future estates. Some mediators espouse a type of mediation known as “collaborative” mediation where they bring in attorneys, counselors and accountants with the mediating persons to resolve domestic mediations.
Another distinction between our attorneys and others is our “goal-oriented” approach. Much like mediating, we assist our clients to understand their rights, but we also help them consider their long term goals in order to improve their lives after divorce.
In our case, we bring our legal knowledge (Jeremy Howe) and our therapy experience (Nancy Johnson-Gallagher) into the room with our Family Law Software and we have found that our method is cost-effective and that the parties are in a better position to mediate if they are not mediating in a vacuum. Similarly, a divorcing client can “buy into” a solution if he or she can see the present and future affect of an offer on them personally. In all cases, we offer the mediating persons or our clients the option of validating the data with their own accountant. We submit that we can help customers through the difficult divorce process better through our use of Family Law Software.
Contact the Family and Divorce Attorneys of The Law Offices of Howe and Garside LTD at:
401-841-5700 or via EMAIL HERE.