Practice Areas

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The law firm of Frago & Lasswell P.A. practices exclusively family law, which includes:

Dissolution of Marriage, including:

  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
  • Asset and Debt Division
  • Non-marital claims

Paternity/Unmarried Parents

  • Determining Parentage/Genetic Testing
  • Recognition of Parentage
  • Custody and Parenting Time (Visitation)
  • Child Support

Child Custody, including:

  • Third-Party and Grandparent Custody and Visitation
  • Modifications of Custody and Parenting Time

Orders for Protection

Harassment Restraining Orders


METHODS FOR RESOLVING YOUR CASE

At your initial appointment, we will discuss the various methods that can be used to resolve your case in order to choose the process that works best for you.

MEDIATION

Mediation is a voluntary process where the parties meet with a neutral third party to settle their case. In mediation, the mediator assists the parties with resolving their disputes in a way that makes sense for them and their families. Mediation is a confidential process that is often less expensive than going to court. Both Brad Frago and Michelle Lasswell are experienced family law mediators

COLLABORATIVE LAW

Collaborative law is designed to minimize conflict during a divorce or custody case. The parties and their attorneys agree to make a good faith attempt to reach a mutually acceptable settlement without going to court. At the beginning of the process husband, wife, and both attorneys sign a Participation Agreement. The agreement requires both parties to:

1. Exchange complete financial information so that each spouse can make well-informed decisions,

2. Maintain absolute confidentiality during the process, so that each spouse can feel free to express his or her needs and concerns,

3. Reach written agreement on all issues and concerns outside of contested court proceedings, and

4. Authorize the attorneys to use the written agreement to obtain a final court decree.

LITIGATION

While many cases are resolved without court intervention, sometimes it is necessary for a judge to decide some or all of the issues in a case. Litigation is a formal process that can involve motion hearings, formal discovery, including interrogatories, request for production of documents and depositions, and court trials (without a jury).