Practice Areas

Equitable Distribution

James, McElroy & Diehl undertakes a wide range of matters involving the most personal and difficult legal issues affecting family life. The litigation of personal family issues can produce stress, economic hardship and, at times, bitter conflict. James, McElroy & Diehl offers a compassionate and effective approach to these situations.

We are well-known for the expertise we bring to emotionally challenging, legally complex issues – and for the aggressive representation that delivers the best possible outcomes for our clients. We represent a diverse array of clients, from public officials and high-profile CEOs to small business owners and stay-at-home parents. We are prepared to assist clients in tailoring an approach that best serves their particular circumstances, whether that is an uncontested divorce and negotiated separation agreement or a complex equitable distribution, support and child custody trial.

Our family law attorneys frequently interact with the firm’s other practice groups in order to provide a comprehensive and unified approach to issues presented in our clients’ cases. We frequently assemble multidisciplinary teams, drawing on our strengths in areas such as estate planning, tax, corporate, real estate, and financial services in order to best represent and protect our clients’ interests.

James, McElroy & Diehl counsels clients on a broad range of legal issues that can arise in the family law context, including:

  • Adoption and guardianship
  • Alienation of affections and criminal conversation
  • Alimony and post-separation support
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Divorce
  • Equitable distribution (division of marital property)
  • International child abduction under the Hague Convention
  • Juvenile Court matters
  • Paternity and legitimation
  • Post-decree enforcement and modification
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreement
  • Restraining orders
  • Same-sex partnerships
  • Separation agreements
  • Termination of parental rights

Although James, McElroy & Diehl has a reputation for aggressively representing our clients’ interests and litigating on their behalf when necessary, we are also pioneers of collaborative divorce, a process for couples who want to minimize conflict but still need to deal with the tangled issues that come with the dissolution of a relationship.

Ultimately, our principle goal in most family law situations is to ensure that our clients can successfully and confidently move forward with the next stage of their lives.