Family Law cases involve two elements: property division (including alimony) and child custody (now known as “time-sharing”). Property division is a fair division of houses, cash, savings, retirement accounts, vehicles, and personal property. If one party earns substantially more than the other, alimony may be paid to the lesser-earning party for a period of time. Time-sharing is a less precise subject. A child’s time is split between the parents and may be given entirely to one parent or the other, split 50/50 or divided in any other way the Court believes to be in the child’s best interests. Documentation is key to success in a family law case. Where property is concerned, account statements, pay stubs, and the like should be gathered. (There is a master list of documents which must be gathered for the Court). Where children are concerned, you will need photographs, records showing your involvement with the child, and witnesses to your interaction with the child. I require my clients to keep a journal of the child’s activities and of the client’s dealings with the other parent. Be absolutely civil in your dealings with the other party. Any insults, snide remarks, or unreasonable demands will harm your case. Your marriage should be preserved if possible. If you decide that your marriage cannot be saved, call me at once. If your relationship has already broken down and your child is being held, concealed, or detained by the other parent or any other person, remedies may be available. Notify the police and then call this office as soon as possible. If you are seeking a domestic violence injunction, or an injunction has been filed against you, you should seek legal help right away. The time to prepare for hearings on injunctions is very short so it is important that you contact me as soon as you file or are served with an injunction. BE AWARE: If a final injunction is entered against you, you will lose your right to keep and bear arms.