Stories

Family Law is more than law. It is real people and strong emotions.


What Now?

“The arrangement was clear. I would put my career on hold, stay home and raise the children. Sure it made sense at the time. But now I find my marriage is ending. And once I accepted the reality of the situation, the fear of future financial security set in. And I’ll be honest with you, it’s overwhelming. How do I re-enter the workforce after all these years? What if support from my spouse is not enough to maintain the standard of living which existed during the marriage? How will I feed and clothe my children?  Where will we live?”

This situation is common to many of our clients. These fears are legitimate and they require experienced legal and financial advice to help bring about clarity and the ability to guide a business-like decision about your financial future.  Our staff is here to guide you in building a good foundation for your future after divorce.


From Parent to Pariah

“My children and I always shared a close and loving relationship.That is until the divorce. Now, my kids don’t want to see me, won’t talk with me, and want to tell the judge how much they despise spending time with me. What happened?”

While this might sound like a movie, many parents – especially fathers – face this horrible turn of events. Over our last 20 years we’ve seen this situation happen all too often. That’s why we know how to react and how to help you. While this is not an easy situation to fix, the key to success is early intervention.  As soon as this turn of events occurs, quick legal action is required in an attempt to intervene and change the course of events about to unfold. Don’t wait. Be proactive. We can help.


“War of the Roses” or “Kramer vs Kramer”?

“When we finally decided we would be divorcing, I couldn’t get these certain movie scenes out of my head. I grew up watching films like Kramer vs. Kramer and The War of the Roses and I just remember the pain those families went through and the emotional damage it caused? Was that what I was in for?”

Trust us, you’re not the first person who has mentioned those iconic films to us. While they are dramatized, they are certainly rooted in reality. People fear that their situation will erupt and become just as bad as those movies.  While it is possible this may occur, it is also possible, and much more likely, the situation will not occur if both parties share the same fear that they could be the next “War of the Roses”.  When people share this same fear, they also usually share the same desire to resolve their differences more amicably through an alternative process such as mediation.  At Van Oorschot Law Group, our founding partner, Marlo Van Oorschot, takes her knowledge and skill of litigation into the mediation room to serve as a mediator to assist parties in resolving their differences amicably.  Marlo brings her knowledge of the legal issues and the current legal environment in court into the mediation, to move parties from a place of conflict to a place of resolution. Before things spin out of control contact us. We can help ensure no one ends up dangling from a chandelier.


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