At Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, you will find legal professionals who represent individuals experiencing personal and family challenges in their lives. We counsel and advocate for clients seeking a termination of their marriage, as well as those who wish to enforce or modify the terms of their divorce decree. Our attorneys provide expert counsel and advice in a variety of family law situations, including property/asset division.
Important factors to consider in divorce and dissolution include the determination as to whether property is marital or premarital / separate, valuing assets (including residential and commercial real estate and businesses), tracing premarital assets / separate property, and evaluating property division options in light of tax consequences. Our attorneys engage other professionals, as appropriate, to assist in the complexities of property/asset division.
In order to develop the best resolutions for our clients, we frequently collaborate with other industry experts, including business valuators, forensic accountants and financial planners, psychologists, counselors and parenting coordinators, all of whom assist us in fashioning thoughtful solutions to complex issues.
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Sub Practice Groups
Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities
We also assist our clients in the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities and in ascertaining an appropriate level of spousal support and child support, whether in the context of a divorce/dissolution or in Juvenile Court proceedings. We are committed to finding satisfactory resolutions for each particular situation, understanding that the best outcome is not the same in every case.
- Collaborative Divorce
Divorce and Dissolution
The decision to end a marriage with divorce can be very difficult and emotional. We advise those who are in the process of making such a decision. Our attorneys guide and counsel individuals based upon a thorough understanding of their unique circumstances and the consideration of the best ways to protect their rights and assets.
Parties may negotiate and collaboratively reach a final agreement by way of a dissolution of marriage. We counsel parties through this process by creating a timeline, working through issues like the valuation and division of assets, the determination of support obligations, and the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. Our lawyers are skilled in preparing and reviewing the proper documentation (including separation agreements and parenting plans)required by the Court when filing a petition for dissolution.
- Post-Divorce Decree Modifications/Enforcement
Our lawyers draft and review prenuptial agreements for clients who wish to protect premarital/separate property in the event of a termination of their marriage by death or divorce.