Divorce and Custody Consultation/Coaching (Limited Scope Representation)
– In some situations, an
individual may be able to handle the case on his or her own but simply
needs some guidance. The firm offers consultations to guide the client
through the process, which is tailored specific to the client's case.
Malik for more information about setting up a consultation and to
determine whether limited scope representation is right for you.
Ms. Malik is prepared to advise and consult with clients in the following areas in an effective and thorough manner:
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Examples of limited scope representation includes:
Agreement Drafting - Divorces and family law cases do not have to be complicated and messy. You can avoid the typical litigation by negotiating a separation or marital separation agreement. Ms. Malik helps clients negotiate the terms of their case by negotiation or mediation. If you and the other party have reached an agreement on terms but need it prepared in a complete, written document, Malik Law LLC can help with this. Additionally, Ms. Malik can assist you in negotiating and preparing a premarital or prenuptial ("prenup") agreement.
Agreement Review – Perhaps you and the other party have reached an agreement regarding your divorce or custody. The firm can review the agreement to ensure that all of your concerns have been met and satisfied and the agreement is thorough and enforceable.
Coaching for Court Appearance - If you choose to appear in court yourself, Ms. Malik can help you in preparing for any hearing. We will discuss the types of issues to present to the court, evidence or other documentation to prepare and positions/arguments to make.
Ongoing Consultations - Check in with Ms. Malik as your case proceeds in court to ensure that you are on the right track.
Review and Drafting of Paperwork - Before filing a document in court and serving the other party, Ms. Malik can review or draft your paperwork to ensure you have captured all of the necessary pieces to the filing.
Child Advocacy - Ms. Malik is trained to serve as a Best Interest Attorney and Child Privilege Attorney. She is on the roster of court approved child counsel attorneys, available here. For more information on the types of child counsel, read Ms. Malik's blog. Serving as a counsel for the child allows for the child to have a voice in court and it also provides an opportunity for the child counsel (BIA) to help the parties reach an agreement without proceeding to litigation.
Prenuptial Agreements - Most couples anticipating marriage do not want to think about the possibility of their marriage ending in divorce. However, given the many unknowns that the couple may face during the marriage, the couple should consider a prenuptial agreement, especially if either party has significant assets when entering into the marriage. Prenuptial agreements can save the couple attorney's fees and suit costs down the road as the agreement can set forth how assets will be divided and alimony will be handled. For more information on the considerations and benefits of a prenuptial agreement, read Ms. Malik's blog.