Divorce & Separation
When you have made the decision to divorce or separate, or need legal advice regarding this decision it is imperative that you chose the right attorney. Mr. Soriano and his staff can guide you through this turbulent time period by providing counsel and answers to your important legal questions. Mr. Soriano will give you an honest assessment of your case and help you navigate through the process of divorce/or separation.
With over 40 years of experience, Gregory B. Soriano is a seasoned veteran in all areas of family law including custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support and property division.
Mediation is an option that should be carefully evaluated before proceeding to trial. Not only is proceeding to trial a costly venture but it often causes further discord between the parties. Mr. Soriano believes that mediation can be successful in even the most high-conflict cases if both parties are willing to listen and compromise. More often than not, mediation does not result in both parties leaving happy but does result in both parties leaving with a settlement they can live with.
Mr. Soriano provides mediation involving the parties and their attorneys or the parties only at a reduced rate of $350 per hour. Both approaches have their own benefits and should be evaluated on a case by case basis. Mediation can be scheduled for a half day or full day with a $500 deposit from each party prior to the mediation. Please contact Mr. Soriano’s office at (503) 924-3090 to schedule family law mediation.
It is critical to protect your assets during a Dissolution/Divorce or Legal Separation. Mr. Soriano can review your assets and liabilities (debts) and help you ascertain what is "just and equitable" in your circumstances. Once property has been divided and your divorce is final, you can not modify property division. However, Mr. Soriano can advise you legally what your rights are if new evidence regarding assets or property division is discovered up to one year after your divorce is final. Feel free to discuss any of your questions regarding property division with Mr. Soriano.
Alimony and Spousal Support
There are three different types of Spousal Support: "Transitional Spousal Support," "Spousal Maintenance Spousal Support," and "Compensatory Spousal Support." Spousal Support is based on many different complex factors which are specific to your individual circumstances. Income of the parties, health of the parties, assets, and length of marriage are some of the factors that Gregory B. Soriano analyzes while advising you on spousal support issues. Alimony/Spousal Support can be modified if there is a "substantial change of circumstances." Feel free to discuss your questions as to whether there is a substantial change of circumstances in your case. Spousal Support is income to the recipient and tax deductible by the payor.
There are many complex factors involved in child custody cases including whether the parties can agree on joint or sole custody. Mr. Soriano understands that nothing is more important to a parent/family than issues surrounding child custody. Mr. Soriano will work tirelessly to protect "the best interests of children" in child custody cases to deflect the stress of divorce on children and to keep children out of the middle of adult conflict. If you and your spouse/partner do not agree on the custody of your children Mr. Soriano can assess your case and advise you on how to proceed; and evaluate if a "custody and parenting time evaluation" with a Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or if an evaluation through Family Court Services in the County you live in is available or necessary. Please feel free to discuss any of your child custody questions with Mr. Soriano.
Mr. Soriano can calculate the presumed amount of child support you will pay or receive from the other party by preparing a "child support calculation." Some factors included in the child support calculation are monthly income of the parties, how much child care costs range per month, and number of overnights you have each year with your children. There may be other factors which affect the child support calculation, including, child support rebuttals, such as transportation costs, non-joint children, health care insurance costs, spousal support, and unreimbursed health care expenses. After analyzing your specific situation Gregory B. Soriano can advise you regarding how much child support you are likely to receive or pay each month. Feel free to discuss any of your child support questions with Mr. Soriano.
Modification of Custody, Parenting Time, Child Support, and Spousal Support
After you have been through a Dissolution/Divorce there may be issues in the future that need to be revisited by the Court or modified. Child Custody, Parenting Time, Child Support, and Spousal Support can be modified after your initial Judgment of Dissolution (Divorce) is final. Contact Mr. Soriano if you believe there has been a "substantial change of circumstances" in regards to child custody, child support, and spousal support; or if your parenting time plan is no longer working for you and your former spouse/partner. No substantial change in circumstances is needed to modify parenting time. Feel free to discuss any possible modification issues, or whether there has been a substantial change of circumstances in your case, with Mr. Soriano.