This client came to us with a divorce case that had been lingering for eight years. Our client originally opened this case up in 2013, hiring a different attorney who got a temporary order in place for him (temporary orders are meant to just hold you over until you get your divorce decree). Three and a half years after the initial petition was filed, in 2016, our client hired another attorney to finalize his paperwork. This attorney failed to do so. Our client then hired our office in January 2021. At this point, his case had been pending for a total of eight years. Our office was able to get our client his decree within 60 days of hiring us. As soon as we were hired, we contacted the last attorney our client had hired, we got a decree drafted, prepared, and finalized in 47 days. Then we waited on the court to get us a date to present the decree to the court. In under two months, our client was finally divorced.
The attorneys at LaCourse Law were hired to enforce a divorce decree. Our client had finalized their divorce in 2019. As part of the decree, her ex-spouse was ordered to make a payment of $15,000 for division of their marital estate in lump-sum by a specific date. If he did not make the payment, it stated in the decree that his company would be liquidated and the first $15,000 he got would be to pay his ex-wife. Having not received this money, our client hired us two years later to ensure she got this money. Once hired, we got a mediation agreement, during which our client’s ex-spouse said he did not want to pay the money in lump-sum, despite what the decree said. So, we compromised, he could pay monthly, but instead of the $15,000, it would now be $20,000. Since this mediation, our client has started to receive the money that had been owed to her for a long time. Her ex-spouse will continue to pay monthly until he reaches $20,000, or we will press on with court.
Our client has two children with her ex and is currently re-married. Her ex hardly had any contact with the kids, and while he loved them, he was never actively present in their lives. On the other hand, their step-father was. Their step-father wanted to adopt them, and the kids wanted to be adopted by him likewise. Here’s where we came in. We did get the consent of the biological father, which he signed in front of a notary. However, since the biological father did not sign in front of a Judge, the court would not accept that this was a consented adoption. This adoption was then submitted as an adoption without consent. Although the court does not view it as an adoption with consent, we, and the family likewise, know that the biological father gave his consent, the kids were able to be adopted by their step-father, and our clients were happy with the outcome.