I found Ken Raggio. Specifically, my husband and I had last lived together at his home in Germany. Which meant that this was an international divorce case. My goals were very clear: I wanted to get a divorce, instead of spending months or years and a small fortune dealing with jurisdictional issues that arise all the time in international divorces. So Ken devised a straightforward and efficient plan to try and help me achieve my goal. I went to court with Ken just three months after the divorce was filed and got my divorce granted.
I talked to Tom Raggio a couple years ago about filing for divorce and authorized him to do it, but later changed my mind. Ken was very direct with me in indicating that everything was my choice. He asked this question: So reluctantly, So I filed for divorce. Ken suggested that we draw up a complete package to be able to settle the case.
This took a lot of work, but Ken was able to attach all the paperwork necessary to resolve the case with my spouse in my case and these other settlement papers attached with the papers that would be served or delivered by the process server to my spouse. With very few changes, this became the deal that my spouse and I agreed on and that the court approved by signing the decree of divorce. I am very pleased with the guidance and comfort that Ken Raggio and the Raggio firm has given to me in finally dealing with my dead marriage, and giving me the encouragement to move on with my life.
I highly recommend Ken and his firm. Our possession schedule went okay for a while with little changes here and accommodations there working out. This eventually led to me saying we should follow the possession schedule that we had agreed to at the time of divorce. So here I am with a lawsuit. He looked over the pleadings and affidavit, and said that this was bogus, but that I still had to defend myself.
I think the father now knows that I have a strong attorney just in case he is thinking about starting up his bullying again. My husband suddenly filed for divorce last year, and even though we had not been getting along, the filing was a shock to me. Somehow, I was lucky enough to have a friend suggest Raggio and Raggio and I made an appointment. Within 20 minutes of meeting with Ken Raggio, he had already pulled up the information on my house that my husband and I shared since before the birth of our first daughter , only to learn that I in fact, and contrary to what I had been told , I was not an owner of the house.
Unfortunately, Ken had the duty of showing me the bad news; I was on the deed of trust, but not the deed. So in essence, I was financially responsible for the house, but had no ownership in our home. Additionally, my husband had emptied our bank accounts of over six figures and put it beyond my reach. Essentially, I had nothing. I was left to borrow money and bounce checks in order to take care of the children and pay for child care. He had the house.
He took the money. He had more than half a million dollars in retirement; and I did not even have enough money to hire an attorney. Or so I thought So we got temporary orders about my use of the house, about support, use of credit cards, and payment of attorneys and legal expenses. Even though it was a contentious and expensive divorce, I am smiling: I got the house with with the mortgage paid in full and my children have the stability of staying in the only home they have ever known.
Additionally, I got my retirement, a car, and above guideline child support. I have more enthusiasm at work and more time with my children. Moving forward, life is good. I am stronger than I could have ever imagined and I fought for what I knew was right; but, I truly believe that I would not have been able to do so without Ken Raggio and his firm.
Only now do I understand that practicing law seems to be a delicate balance of timing, emotional support, stern advice, and knowing the law. Ken Raggio has that delicate balance down to a science. Within a year, I asked their assistance because I was planning to get married again, so I talked to Ken Raggio about what was entailed in getting a premarital agreement done.
I thought this would just be a form like a deed. Ken showed me it was likely to be much more involved. Boy, was he right! But Ken kept me apprised of information and the law that I needed to have to make the decisions I needed to make, and my now spouse and I successfully executed the premarital agreement and now months later, we are the happy parents of a bouncing baby girl.