Carl Edwards' practice is focused on family law cases that involve the following types of issues:
Complex financial issues in high asset marital dissolutions and dissolutions of domestic partnerships:
Establishment of parenting plans for children when their parents separate (whether or not the parents were married):
- Valuation of businesses, business interests, and professional practices.
- Analysis of stock options and restricted stock awards.
- Real property valuation.
- Separate property tracing and analysis.
- Analysis of retirement benefits (e.g., 401(k)'s, IRA's, pensions, deferred compensation accounts, etc.).
- Dissipation or concealment of assets.
- Spousal maintenance.
- Child Support for high-income or high net-worth parents.
- Litigation related to the enforceability of prenuptial agreements, community property agreements, and other spousal agreements.
Modification of existing parenting plans:
- Assist in negotiating a parenting plan that provides for the best interests of the children.
- Work closely with experts as necessary to determine appropriate responses to difficult parenting/custody issues, including children with special needs, parents who suffer from mental illness, parents with alcohol or drug impairments, domestic violence, physical impairments that may (or may not) affect parenting, and false allegations involving any of the previously mentioned issues.
- Assist and advise parents who are participating in parenting evaluations and other court-ordered evaluations in parenting cases (e.g., forensic psychological evaluations of parents or children, sexual deviancy evaluations, etc.).
- Determination of paternity if paternity is contested, along with establishment of child support and back support in paternity cases.
- Litigation of jurisdiction in parenting plan/custody cases.
Domestic violence cases:
- Major modifications involving a switch of primary residential placement.
- Minor modifications (i.e., no switch of primary placement) to accommodate changes in work schedule for either parent, change in residence by the parent who does not have the children the majority of the time, and to address conduct by a parent that is harmful to the children.
- Relocation cases, representing parents who wish to relocate a child's primary residence and parents who oppose such.
- Litigation of jurisdiction in parenting plan modification cases.
- Assist victims of domestic violence in filing for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
- Representation of individuals responding to a petition for a Domestic Violence Protection Order, including persons who have been falsely accused of domestic violence and persons who admit they have committed domestic violence but want to address the issue in a manner that will allow them to continue parenting their children to the greatest extent possible.
- Appropriate follow up in subsequent family law proceedings if children are involved.