Practice AreasDivorce

The reputation Mark Goodall tries to maintain as a divorce attorney is aggressive but approachable. He feels that people should be effectively, and efficiently, represented and feels that attorneys should work hard to facilitate, not harm, constructive communication.

As a young lawyer on the yuppie path to partner in a large firm, Mark started doing divorce work through referrals from corporate clients. Divorce soon became over 50% of Mark'a revenue. If you are reading this page, chances are you should meet with a divorce lawyer for a few minutes. Mark would like you to allocate 60 to 90 minutes. It will be time well spent whichever way you go.

If you and your counsel roll up your sleeves in that first meeting and do some fairly insightful financial and related work, you can get a very good notion of what the issues are in your case. Performing pro forma calculations, together on screen, can identify potential concern areas and suggest an approach to settlement.

Sometimes it is helpful to approach the divorce backward. The ultimate (and except for follow-up detail, the final) document is the Decree of Dissolution. If parties can communicate, at least to some extent, it can be helpful to be sharing a discussion draft of that document at the outset. Such an approach can remove much of the mystery while, at the same time, serve as a checklist of issues to be resolved and include a suggested resolution. It can also help parties to narrow and identify issues that are problematic and need more work.

If you are noodling on the question of divorce, make the call. You will be much better able to evaluate what you need to do.

Mark Goodall, Attorney at Law
10404 Essex Court, Suite 100
Omaha, Nebraska 68114