Divorce is one of the most stress-filled life events that a family can go through. People are faced with uncertainty in the most important aspects of their lives: their children’s well being and security, their homes, their financial stability, and worries about what the future will bring. Everyone’s situation is different. So, if you are looking for an attorney to help steer you through this challenging time, you should seek someone with experience, someone who will listen to you, find out what is important to you, and have the knowledge to help you reach those goals.
Attorney Dai Gwilliam has been practicing family law in the Iowa City area for almost fifteen years. While not everyone gets everything they want in a divorce, Mr. Gwilliam’s clients generally leave the experience knowing that their interests have been stoutly represented. They also feel that Dai has focused his efforts on achieving what they think will be important for themselves and their kids in the future.
A core belief of Dai’s family law practice is that both spouses need to continue to have a workable relationship after the divorce is over. They will continue share parenthood of their children for the rest of their lives. They will have to continue to communicate after the divorce to arrange the kids’ lives. They will both be attending the same school events, graduations, weddings, and then sharing in their grandchildren’s lives. So while it is important that a divorce attorney is willing and able to fight for their client’s interest, it is also important that the attorney is able to lead the couple to a child care arrangement and financial settlement that will serve the parents and the children well in the future. And to do this without poisoning the relationship between the divorcing parents so severely that everyone suffers in the long run. Divorce can be a traumatic and painful experience for the children involved, and the more ferocious the conflict, the harder it is on the kids. These are reasons that Dai tries to encourage reasonable communication between the parties and the other lawyer during the divorce or custody dispute. You will also find that keeping unnecessary hostility at a minimum will also lead to lower costs in attorney fees.
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While divorce is the most common legal issue in family law, it is not the only one. Our office can help you address all of your family law needs:
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Dai Has been working with the growing group of lawyers in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids advocating for a collaborative law approach to divorce. He is a member of the group, Collaborative Law of Eastern Iowa and has received the training to represent clients in a collaborative law divorce. During a collaborative law divorce, you and your soon to be ex-spouse work creatively with your attorneys outside the court system to develop a divorce settlement that is the most suitable for your family’s situation.
As a qualified mediator, Dai is also enthusiastic about using mediation to resolve difficult issues that divorcing couples face. Far better to spend the time and money for a few hours of mediation to shape an arrangement for the care of your children that suits you and them, than to hand out thousands of dollars to your divorce attorneys to take your family’s future to a judge who will come to a cookie cutter decision that suits no-one.
Of course, trial cannot be avoided in every divorce case (although over 90% of divorces in Iowa are settled before trial.) And when trial is necessary, Dai has a track record of successful representation of his clients in the courtroom.
Since the Iowa Supreme’s bold stance upholding the rights same-sex couples to the full rights of marriage in the Varnum v. Brien case in 2009, many from Iowa and beyond have been sharing wedding vows and solemnizing their relationships. Unfortunately some of these marriages will end up in divorce. Dai has represented a number of gays and lesbians in a variety of cases over his career. If you are finding out that the married life is not for you, contact Dai and get more information on the ins and outs of the divorce procedure.
Contact Dai for more information on how he can help you with your child custody case in Coralville, Iowa.