Archives for April 2014

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

by Attorney Christopher E. Heberg

Happy couples who decide to get married rarely consider what will happen if my fiancé and I were to divorce. Many times people bring an asset, like a home or 401k, into a marriage and they wish to protect, and keep that, asset as separate property. If this is a consideration, they should consider a prenuptial agreement.

Most people have heard about a pre-nuptial agreement, but don’t really know exactly what it is. Basically, a pre-nuptial agreement is a contract between two parties, entered into before marriage which specifically identifies how certain property will be treated during the marriage, and upon the unfortunate dissolution of the marriage.

The contract identifies all assets that each party is bringing into the marriage. Some or all of a person’s assets may be labeled as separate property. Generally, the characterization of the asset continues during the course of the marriage and dissolution of the marriage. [Read more…]

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If you want to get to the bottom of things, Chris is the “Discovery Expert”. Your will never regret hiring Chris.

Christopher Heberg was my divorce attorney 8 years ago. My divorce included a horrible custody case of our only son that lasted for 2 years. Chris not only represented me but helped me get through the process every step of the way. He made every effort to answer all of my questions, was attentive and supportive on the sensitivity of the case, and was available every time; always answering my calls way before 24 hrs. It is difficult to acknowledge the hard work that goes into preparing for a divorce case and as a client, I was recommended to Chris for his expertise in discovery and family law. I admit that I didn’t always understand every thing about my divorce case. I wanted what I wanted and my emotions weren’t always helping him. Chris made every effort to explain the details of the case in such a way that helped me get through it, emotionally as well. His patience earned my trust. I know that he will always be my attorney. On numerous occasions since my divorce, I have seeked his advice and will continue to do so because he is a wonderful lawyer who doesn’t always get the credit he deserves simply because divorce cases include so much emotional stress. I trust Chris’s opinion and knowledge about law wholeheartedly and recommend him as your attorney without reservation. My son is now 21 years old, and a junior in college. My ex husband and I have good communication because Chris stressed the importance of such for the benefit of the child.

Ana, a Divorce client

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Mr. Heberg is trustworthy, does what he says he will do and worked diligently on my behalf. He was respectful of me and my needs and was successful in getting me what I deserved. I am happy to recommend him to friends and family who need legal help!

Nancy, alimony client

Well respected in family court

Chris Herberg has done an excellent job representing me in my child custody case. He kept me well informed and worked diligently to get my case heard. He is a professional and well respected in family court. It would be in your best interest to hire him in all matters before the court.

Family law client

How is Child Custody Determined in Rhode Island?

by Attorney Christopher E. Heberg

Generally, custody decisions are quite complicated and take months of negotiation and Court appearances to resolve. Unfortunately that means they can often be expensive as well. However, through good preparation and quality lawyering, you should be able to achieve your desired result.

While the process is complicated, and the Court will consider many things, Rhode Island law requires the Judge to consider several very specific factors prior to awarding one party custody.

The numerous aspects that they look at include:

  • Whether both parties are “fit and proper” to be parents
  • Both parents’ wishes regarding the custodial arrangement
  • The home and school adjustments the kids will have to make [Read more…]