We excel at complex family law
WBMH was founded by highly experienced law professionals to address the unique needs of family law cases involving intricate finances, multiple geographies or complex conception and custody. These cases require expert counsel able to effectively team with CPAs, estate planners, financial managers and other lawyers, in state or out, as well as the staff, methodologies, and technology to expeditiously handle the high volume of documentation of complex cases.
We are dedicated to getting the best results for our clients whether in litigation, settlement facilitation, collaborative practice, pre/post-nuptial and separation agreements, cohabitation, assisted reproduction, custody, modifications to spousal and child support agreements or appellate work.
WBMH core competencies
Marrying or divorcing is more complicated when the parties have separate or combined substantial assets, hold trust funds, or if they operate a business or professional practice. In these cases, sophisticated financial, valuation and tax issues are often in play.
WBMH has substantial experience dealing with:
- deferred compensation
- improper use of trust assets
- fraud or financial deception
- partially vested stock options
- closely held business valuations
- piercing trusts or corporate veils
- tax implications, including those for art/antiques
- tracing community property into separate assets
- community efforting creating lien on separate assets
Custody can be a thorny issue. It is always emotionally laden and requires counsel to effectively advocate for the client while ensuring the best interests of the children are served.
Custody can be further complicated by:
- parental relocation, out-of-state or out-of-country
- Multi-state or multi-national jurisdiction
- children conceived prior to marriage or outside of marriage
- children conceived as the result of artificial insemination, surrogacy or gestational host technologies, especially with the use of genetic material other than that of the intended parents’
- blended families
- kinship guardians
- kinship kidnapping
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has advanced much faster than the laws that govern it. There are no federal statutes and state (and international) laws vary and are in constant flux. Prospective parents, donors, and surrogates need attorneys fully versed in the laws to make sure adequate safeguards are put in place to minimize risk.
WBMH attorneys can help address the following aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology:
- participants’ rights and responsibilities
- intended parents’ legal parentage
- compensation or reimbursement of expenses
- medical expenses and insurance