Marital & Family Law Litigation and Appeals

First and foremost, Rachel Borntreger is an experienced trial attorney, passionately advocating for her clients in contested legal proceedings from the courtroom through appeals. Her practice areas include:

  • Alimony
  • Appeals
  • Child custody
  • Division of marital businesses
  • Divorce
  • Enforcement and Contempt
  • Modification of parenting, child support, or alimony
  • Parental Alienation
  • Pre and post nuptial agreements
  • Property division
  • Paternity/Establishment of parental rights
  • Relocation
  • Same sex marriage and divorce
  • Step-Parent Adoption

Other Services

The courtroom is not the best solution for many individuals. While Rachel has extensive experience as a litigator, she is equally skilled in alternative dispute resolutions to save her clients time, money and emotional strain. This includes collaborative divorce, mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination.

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At a minimum, your estate plan tells your loved ones:

  • How you’d like to be cared for near the end of your life;
  • Who will make medical decisions on your behalf;
  • Who will manage your property if you are unable;
  • Who will be your children’s guardian; and,
  • How you’d like your property to be distributed upon your death.

Estate planning typically involves Advanced Directives (a living will, designation of health care surrogate and designation of preneed guardian), Powers of Attorney, and a Last Will and Testament. Some estate plans include a Trust to provide for children with special needs, preserve family wealth, care for your pets, or protect beneficiaries from creditors.

Although death is never an easy subject, it should be addressed now to avoid unnecessary stress and conflict for your family.  Call our office to discuss Rachel’s flat fees for these services.

 

At mediation, parties have a chance to settle some or all of their disagreements with the help of a neutral mediator.  In family law cases, courts in the Second Judicial Circuit require all parties to attend mediation.   As your attorney, Rachel will attend mediation with you and offer as much guidance as you need.  If your case is not resolved at mediation, Rachel will take your case to court.

Additionally, Rachel is a certified Supreme Court family law mediator, trained in assisting couples with and without attorneys to reach an agreement.  If you and your spouse would like more information about mediation services, including Rachel’s mediation rates, sliding fee scale and willingness to travel, please call our office.

If you and your spouse have agreed on all issues in your divorce, then an uncontested divorce may be right for you.  The most important part of your uncontested divorce is the Marital Settlement Agreement, the contract that memorializes all terms agreed upon by you and your spouse.  This agreement will be filed with the court, approved by a judge, and made into a court order.  The more clearly and comprehensively the agreement is written, the less potential there is for confusion or fighting later.

In an uncontested divorce, Rachel prepares the court filings, guides you through the legal process and communicates with the court on your behalf.  If a hearing is required, Rachel represents you at this hearing.  Florida law does not allow an attorney to represent both spouses in a divorce.  If you decide to hire our firm, Rachel will advise and represent only you and not your spouse.  Call our office to learn about our flat fee for uncontested divorce.

In collaborative proceedings, couples decide not to go to court, and instead work privately with a team of skilled professionals to decide issues for themselves.  These skilled professionals include collaborative lawyers, a neutral mental health professional and sometimes a neutral financial professional.  Although there are more professionals involved, collaborative divorce is typically less expensive than conventional divorce, because there are no motions, depositions, or lengthy court battles.  Although every divorce is difficult, collaborative divorce can be a respectful and amicable way to end your marriage.

Rachel firmly believes in collaborative divorce as an alternative for some families — particularly those who wish to maintain a good co-parenting relationship with their spouse.  Rachel is the founding president of Capital Collaborative Group, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting collaborative divorce in our community.  Find out more information at Capital Collaborative Group , or call our office to set a consultation.

In highly-contested cases, courts may appoint a Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”). Typically, a GAL will investigate specific matters and will report findings to the judge directly.  A GAL is not an attorney or advocate for either parent; instead, a GAL advocates only for the children’s best interests.

Rachel serves as a Guardian ad Litem in various family law cases, including divorce, paternity, adoption and dependency cases.  If your case requires a GAL, call our office to discuss Rachel’s competitive rates.