Family Law

Attracting clients interested in being active participants in a process which produces a fair and reasonable result for both sides.

Family law matters at Pesner Altmiller Melnick & DeMers are handled by Andrew Goodman, who has specialized in this area of the law for over forty-five years and has achieved an "A-V" rating from his peers in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. He brings to his clients a unique and level-headed approach to the resolution of family problems in an efficient and effective manner.

While recognizing that some family disputes can only be resolved through litigation, Mr. Goodman believes that the overwhelming majority of such disputes can and should be settled. Though always mindful of the desire of some people to have their personal and economic situations enhanced through confrontation, Mr. Goodman attracts clients who prefer to be active participants in a process which produces a fair and reasonable result for both sides.

Clients at Pesner Kawamoto can expect personal attention to their needs in family dispute resolution. While always charting a course toward meeting a client's reasonable expectations, Mr. Goodman will advise you of the risks and options of both settlement and litigation along that journey. His analysis of the statutory framework and the practical and legal ramifications of your choices will assist you in reaching your goals.

With a particular interest in custody matters, Mr. Goodman will inform you of relevant and pertinent legal authority in the context of what, from his experience, a court might do if parents cannot reach an accord. He consistently points out that the best interests of the children are to be served and must be the focus, not the desires of either parent. As Mr. Goodman notes, his client's opponent is, in fact, the child's other parent.

Our areas of expertise

  • separation and divorce
  • property settlement agreements
  • valuation and division of marital and separate property
  • awarding of alimony and child support
  • counsel fees
  • determination of custody and visitation
  • division of pensions, IRA's, 401(k) plans and other retirement vehicles
  • pre-marital agreements
  • annulment
  • collaborative agreements

Equally important, he will provide you with practical and prudent approaches toward dispute resolution honed over his years of practice. Access to his personal and legal sense of judgment will assist you in evaluating and resolving some of the most serious, complex and difficult problems which you will ever encounter.