Family Law

While Shumaker has always provided services in specific family law matters, since 1995 special emphasis has been placed upon developing a practice in divorce, dissolution and related areas. The family law practice requires lawyers who are not only able to litigate effectively, but who are able to provide advice and counsel in related areas such as real estate, tax, business valuation, estate planning and pension law. Our family law litigators can draw on all of these services within the firm.

Of course, it is also important in the practice of family law to be attuned to the possibilities of alternative dispute resolution, including both mediation and arbitration in addition to the more standard negotiation tools utilized by most litigators. Our family law practitioners are all schooled in the proper use of alternate dispute resolution techniques, and they seek to employ such techniques whenever possible.

Our family lawyers understand that they are representing clients who are experiencing the most personal and perhaps most serious crises of their lives. Accordingly, we strive to be certain that the client comprehends clearly the nature of the process and the strategy that will be utilized to resolve the matters in the most favorable manner.

As in all areas of litigation, our family lawyers are familiar with the most advanced technology to assist with case preparation, including computerized child support schedules and other on-line research tools.

Some of the areas in which our family law practitioners have special experience include:

  • Preparation of Premarital Agreements.
  • Preparation of Separation Agreements.
  • Divorce and Dissolution practice and procedure.
  • Taxation Issues involving property settlements and alimony (spousal support) awards.
  • Calculation of child support, including special circumstances and deviation from support guidelines.
  • Business valuations.
  • Real estate valuations.
  • Pension and retirement calculations, valuations and allocations through Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.
  • Child custody and shared parenting issues.