Woodruff Family Law Group Attorney, Jennifer A. Crissman, has been practicing law since 2013. Jennifer is quick to remind each client of his/her own value throughout the legal process. “Clients should know that they are truly the fact expert in their case. While attorneys have been practicing for years and are well-versed in the law, only the client knows all the facts of what has happened in the case, because they are the ones that lived through it.” When someone takes that first step to consider separation and/or divorce, many simply step back, realizing their finances are so intertwined with their spouse that they see no way to ever come to the point of being free from one another. “That’s where we really can help. A great first step is actually preparing a Separation Agreement. Remember, when a Separation Agreement is notarized and signed by both parties, it becomes a legal contract. Woodruff Family Law Group can help write this contract. We can also create a move out agreement for our client. If either party moves out of the house without a separation agreement or move out agreement in place, the other party could claim that his or her spouse abandoned the marriage. A separation agreement can be the first step to a new life." For many, the most challenging part of the legal process is the waiting. For example, a husband and a wife who do not agree on how to divide their property or how to share time with their children should not expect to have their case heard in a court of law in the first few weeks or even months. It is important to remember that before both parties can stand before a judge, both must go through the mediation process and truly attempt to settle the case. Jennifer says there is an effective way that people on both sides of a case can benefit during mediation or arbitration, rather than taking their case to court. “When clients are preparing for mediation, there is value when both parties can find mutual ground they can agree on and then build from that point. It is important to realize that many times when a case goes to court, both parties leave without getting what they wanted from the judge. Only then do clients wish they could go back and work things out.” Another area of family law that clients may not understand very well is Discovery. “Simply put, Discovery is the process where the parties can ask each other questions, request copies of documents or items, and learn more about the other side’s case. It can be time consuming and frustrating, but is vital in preparing the case for hearing.” Family law, just like any law, can be very complex and overwhelming. Jennifer has made it her mission to help clients transition from the most difficult times to their futures.
- 2013 State Bar of North Carolina
- 2014 Federal Middle District of North Carolina