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Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Anita is a mediator and not prepared to aggressively fight. Don't expect fast responses to your communication attempts as you will not get them. She will keep taking your money- and could care less about the results of your case. I would never retain her services again and I advise you not to either. Do so at your own risk.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Hopefully the divorce process is something you go through once.
Not being familiar with the whole process you put your faith and trust in your attorney to do their part. My attorney made what seemingly was a small oversight from temporary orders to mediation, but it cost me $3000+.
During temporary orders my ex-husband paid us on the 1st and 14th. The check on the 1st was to cover the mortgage (he got the house in the end) and our children's health insurance. When we scheduled our mediation appointment, NO ONE informed me that my temporary orders would be nullified during mediation.
Mediation was nerve racking, scary, and emotional. I came prepared with what I needed. I created financial/business spreadsheets to prove the finances my ex husband was hiding. We signed the papers. I thought all was good.
The 14th passes and the 2nd check is what my babies and I lived off of for car insurance, gas, electric, phone, and food. My exhusband told me I should talk to my attorney. My attorney says they will check and later asks me to come in. I went in and my attorney admits it's her mistake, that she forgot there was a 2nd check on the 14th (that we lived off of). She offers to call my ex husband's attorney, free of charge, she says cheerfully. Of course, my exhusband refuses but my attorney says he doesnt seem like the type of guy. She has no responsibility beyond that. I'm just pure out of luck.
See this is where luck had nothing to do with things. This was a BASIC issue that she forgot. If she was AWARE of it she would have warned me that temporary orders are nullified, she WOULD have warned me about paying my mortgage a little later than usual for September just in case, she COULD have negotiated my temporary orders during mediation, etc...
In the end, she blamed me for not reading my contract thoroughly during mediation, she blamed my confusion (I thought perhaps my mediation date was to blame if I had scheduled past the 14th---no), and finally she blamed me for not bringing it to her attention. If she wasn't aware, I wasn't aware as her client...how could I be? It was her oversight.
She was busy trying to cover up her part and using her lawyer skills to manipulate the situation to blame me, instead of being helpful/empathetic like suggesting I cancel my mortgage check if I could. I didn't think of it at the time bc I was pretty stunned and mentally scrambling how I was suppose to take care of my Sept expenses and being suddenly short on money, having to move, and care for 2 toddlers.
I wrote this bc I recently met with a friend of a friend who happened to be a family law attorney and they told me that temporary orders are not nullified completely. During mediation even temporary orders can be extended IF your lawyer negotiates for it. Meaning even if I did pay my mortgage, I could have still asked my exhusband to reasonably pay it back to me. Again bc my attorney was not aware, it wasn't an issue she brought up, but she expected me to bring this to her attention? That's why I paid her $10,000+ so I could remind her to do her job?
I paid her 10,000+, lost 3000+ plus my September expenses, was suddenly short on money till our settlement came through. This is the ripple effect of a seemingly small oversight. Can I say, during mediation when I was reading my contract she was on her iPhone working on her honeymoon details for her 2nd marriage so her mind was probably elsewhere.
I am responsible for choosing her as an attorney. She had wonderful scores on this website and I hired her without meeting her in person. I just wanted to share my experience bc I know I learn a lot from other people's reviews.
So I agree with the one short review. I can not say she was detailed oriented. Often when we met her 1st sentence was, "Remind of why..." which didn't inspire much confidence in me. But it's true once you start with one lawyer, it's hard to switch. So research, research, researc
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
I was once very happily married with five children. However, after 20 years, my marriage fell apart. My wife simply wanted out and Divorce (capital â€œDâ€) became our final destination. I wanted full custody of our children and believed it also to be in the best interest of the children.
While I believe that courts do put the interests of the children first, I believe they often interpret that to mean that â€˜momâ€™ gets custody. I went into my divorce expecting to lose my children amongst other things. As a man wanting full custody of his children, I knew I had an uphill battle to fight. I knew I needed an excellent lawyer to fight for me. And true or not, I believed that, if I had a male attorney represented me, it might somehow strengthen the â€˜victimâ€™ appearance of my soon to be ex-wife (i.e. two men bullying a â€˜poor, defenselessâ€™ woman trying to keep her kids). No doubt, I wanted a woman representing me in court.
When I first realized divorce was inevitable, I fully expected to lose my children and face financial ruin (as I expected my child support payments would be through the roof). Regardless, I did my research, talked to several attorneys, and ultimately, Anita Cutrer was my choice.
I have to say.. wow! I could not have been more pleased! She stood before the judge, fought for me and my children and won! As a man, I was awarded full custody of all five of my children. I have full right to claim child support from my ex (although I chose not to collect any monies from her), and I retained full ownership of my home.
I donâ€™t know the gentlemanâ€™s circumstances below. It sounded nothing like my experience. Perhaps there were other issues respective to his case or personal situation that influenced the judge to decide against him.
I just know that I am greatly in Anitaâ€™s debt. She and her staff were absolute stars. They worked with me through many details, were very open to my input and scored a major win for me and my children in the end. I could not have been more pleased with the results! Her hard work and diligence made the quality of my life - after marriage- so much better than others that have had similar experiences. I truly have a clean slate and a fresh start independent of the nagging control an ex can sometimes place in oneâ€™s life.
Divorce is a horrible thing. Find a way to stay married â€“ AT ALL COSTS - if you can. You will both be better off, and so will your children. If you have no other choice, I would give Anita Cutrer my highest recommendations to anyone in need of such services.
Best Wishes in your search
Posted by a client, Flag
caution---not very thorough/careful. did the minimum and missed the details. hired her based on high rating from this website and was disappointed.