When you are faced with a divorce, custody dispute, or other family law conflict, the outcome of your case will have a lasting impact on your life. Your relationship with your children, the resources you have available to build a new life, and your emotional well-being—these are profoundly affected by the resolution of your family law legal matter. The resolution of your legal matter, in turn, is profoundly affected by your choice of attorneys.
The outcome of your domestic relations case is not a foregone conclusion, and you should question any attorney who suggests otherwise. At Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield, we know that our actions make a world of difference for our clients. Here are a few of the many reasons why.
Each of our attorneys has decades of experience in family law disputes. In fact, they have dedicated their careers to practicing only in the area of family law. That translates into hundreds of cases, including the most complex and contentious, successfully resolved. When your family, finances, and future are at stake, there is simply no substitute for experience with what works and what does not.
We understand that while two cases may involve similar legal issues, no two cases are ever really the same. We see our clients as the individuals they are, with each person having their own unique concerns. We view our work as a partnership with each other and with our clients; we bring to the table our understanding of the law and legal strategy, and you bring your knowledge of your family and needs. We remain mindful of the fact that while the legal process is a familiar landscape to us, you may be navigating uncharted and bewildering territory. We will guide you through it with the compassion you deserve.
When you retain Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield, every attorney in the firm works together on your behalf. Our team approach to each case means that you receive the benefit of multiple experienced perspectives on your legal matter. The unique strengths and skill sets of each attorney are applied to your situation in a way that produces the maximum advantage in every aspect of your circumstance.
Our attorneys may bring different strengths and perspectives to your family law case, but we have a singular goal: achieving an outcome that furthers your goals. We will work with you to identify and prioritize your goals, which then become our North Star, the main focus by which we chart the course for your desired outcome. We will advise you candidly regarding the likely effectiveness of various approaches, and we will ask hard questions and tell hard truths when necessary.
An in-depth understanding of the law is necessary to be an excellent family law attorney, but it is not sufficient. Success often requires the ability to outthink and outmaneuver the opposition. As stated above, our attorneys operate ethically and in good faith, yet often in a way that opposing counsel fails to anticipate and for which they are unprepared. Our creative and effective advocacy means that opposing counsel underestimate us at their peril—and their client’s disadvantage.
In essence, the job of a family law attorney is to weave the facts and the law into a compelling narrative. Every such story has two (or more) sides. Make sure we are on yours.
Because most family law cases settle, many attorneys who practice primarily family law lack significant trial experience. Those attorneys may encourage a client to settle just to avoid a trial. By contrast, some family law attorneys who bill themselves as aggressive litigators are focused on litigation at all costs, including the cost of their client’s personal and financial well-being. Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield is different.
Our attorneys all have extensive experience in litigating family law disputes. While we are willing and able to litigate to a successful conclusion when necessary, we recognize that clients are often better served by a carefully crafted settlement. In addition to being skilled litigators, we all are also effective negotiators who are trained in family law mediation and Collaborative practice. Our experience in a broad range of dispute resolution techniques enables us to approach your case based upon what is best for you. Our reputation as zealous courtroom advocates gives us greater leverage to achieve favorable results for you, whether in or out of court.
Clinging to the ways of the past makes it impossible to move forward into a brighter future. We call ourselves “the modern family law firm,” and we strive to be modern in every way that matters. We recognize that families come in all different configurations and all have different needs. We stay on the cutting edge of developments in family law so that we can skillfully serve you—and sometimes, we are instrumental in cases that shape the law. And we take advantage of the latest technology so that we can offer you responsive, convenient service, effective representation, and excellent value.
To learn more about Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield, and the difference we can make in your case, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation.
The attorneys you entrust with your family law matter will have a profound impact on not only the outcome of your case, but your experience of the legal process. You deserve all the information necessary to make a decision you will be comfortable with. Strickler, Platnick & Hatfield takes pride in being transparent with clients about our values, approach and experience. We invite you to learn more: