When A Marriage Crumbles

John and Sue have been married for ten years. They have two wonderful children, and have all they need financially and materially, yet there is something missing. There is a hole, emptiness.

Joe and Denise have been married for three years. Their marriage, though, did not stop Joe from seeing other women. Joe's marriage to Denise was a sign of his love for her, a symbol in his mind of a special commitment to Denise that he loved her above all the rest. Joe did not think anything was wrong. After all, he always came home to Denise.

George and Hillary always had a stormy marriage. Almost from the time of the ceremony, they had argued bitterly and without consideration. Recently, they had become physically abusive to one another. They both knew they could not go on living together.

No matter what, ending a marriage is difficult and most times, painful. When a marriage is over, whether the husband or wife wants it to be over or whether the husband or wife wants to hang on, emotional and financial concerns haunt both. At one time there was love or the thought of love, there was intimacy, the sharing of secrets, trust, dependency. When all that is over, no matter the reason, there is anger, fear, emptiness. guilt, loneliness. There is embarrassment in meeting friends for the first time and the uncertainty of how the dependent spouse will pay bills, how he or she will live, and how he or she will pay a lawyer to protect his or her rights.

I limit the cases I take. If, though, I take your case, I will devote myself to you. If you are unable to pay my fee, I will base it, to the extent permitted by law, on what you receive or defer it until the case is concluded.