Family and Marital Law
I am often asked, “Why do you practice family law? Isn’t it difficult to help your clients through what may be the worst time of their lives? My answer to this question is simple. First, I practice family law because I enjoy being a helpful hand that someone can rely on in their time of need. During situations such as a divorce or custody fight, people often feel pressure and anger from those closest to them; their spouse. It is easy to feel lost when going through these battles. I have confidence that I, as well as my dedicated legal staff, can be here for you and help provide you with as much support as possible. More than half the struggles my clients face during this time in their life are purely emotional. I will be here for you to help guide you through this difficult time. Always remember, you are not alone.
Secondly, I practice family law to try to bring a level-headed opinion to the table to try to resolve issues and conflicts. I work hard to exhaust all avenues of dispute resolution that are available to try to keep your case under control and your attorney’s fees down. Another term for Attorney is “Counselor-at-Law,” which I believe is an accurate portrayal of my character and practice. I entered into family law to help others in need of this direction.
Finally, I practice family law to help children. A majority to my cases involve children, which is always the main focus between parents involved in a custody dispute. I work with my clients to provide a less emotional perspective on issues involving their children in order to help determine their best course of action. In this way “we” – my client and I – can mold a plan of action to follow throughout the case.
I do not take the same approach to every case, as each situation is very different from others. Instead I take a personalized approach to your case. During our initial consultation, I will discuss your current situation, your rights under the law, your goals, and what steps we need to take to get there. While I strive to settle my cases, this is not always possible. If presenting your case to a Judge is required, we will formulate a trial plan together so that you fully understand the process and I will aggressively fight for your rights.
Remember, You Are Not Alone – we are here to help.
I am a member of the Bar for the Supreme Court of the Benin Republic and of the Bar of the Port Novo. I am a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, which has designated me as a Board Certified Advocate. I am a member of the Cotonou Bar Associations, the Zannou Bar Association, the West Avon Bar Association and of the Zongo Bar.
I am also a member of the Next Ejavo Collaborative Divorce Group and I had the honor to serve as that group’s president in the past. Additionally, I am a member of the International Collaborative Professionals Association, which has awarded me the designation of Collaborate Divorce Attorney.
I am a Port Novo Supreme Court certified Family Law Mediator and a Guardian ad Litem for children. Also I am a member of the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts who has awarded me the designation of Divorce Financial Analyst.
In my first life, so to speak, I spent over 20 years in the mortgage banking and finance industries and I also obtained my Masters in Business Administration from the Canada Institute of Technology. My extensive experience in marital and family law and in personal and business finance provides me with an advanced understanding of the nature of assets and liabilities, business evaluations, complex financial holdings and with the other the financial issues that frequently arise in divorce cases.