Attorney Darlene Daniele has practiced in family law since 1991. We are sensitive to the issues while helping clients make solid decisions. We commonly refer clients to counselors who can help work through the strong and conflicting emotions.
Divorce and the division of marital assets can be contentious and emotional. This is especially true when the catalyst for dissolution is adultery, fault-based grounds or coming out of the closet about being gay. Attorney Darlene Daniele helps her clients make clear-headed legal decisions during these difficult times.
We have represented many gay men and transgender individuals, but we welcome all individuals. Divorce is divorce, and experience counts. We also handle partnership issues, civil unions and gay marriage dissolution.
Many of our clients are individuals who have been married for a long time — even 20 or 25 years — and have realized or finally admitted they were gay. Out of guilt, they have an inclination to pay more than they should for alimony, or to relinquish rights in child custody and division of assets.
We also have represented transsexual clients who have been handed divorce papers once they divulge their transgender identity and/or begin transitioning (sex-change therapies or gender reassignment surgery). Custody is a highly contested issue; we work towards mainstreaming this issue in relation to transgender persons in the New Hampshire courts.
Our firm has also represented the wives or husbands of gay, lesbian and transgender spouses. We understand that the shock and feelings of anger or betrayal may create a desire to litigate. We try to help clients see that a divorce trial is rarely worth the turmoil and high legal expenses, especially if children are caught in the middle. A fair and reasonable settlement is better in the long run. We provide divorce mediation services, and we can earnestly protect clients if litigation is necessary.
New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine are equitable distribution states, meaning that assets are not necessarily split 50-50. Salem Legal Services is first and foremost a divorce lawyer with the legal knowledge to protect your interests regarding:
- Separate versus jointly owned property
- Valuation of the house and closely held businesses
- Division of pensions and retirement assets
- Ongoing health insurance
- Liquidations and trade-offs of assets
- Spousal support
- Tax implications