Hiring Mr. Gaber was a great relief, and one of the best decisions I made after I decided to leave a relationship and provide a better life for my young son. No matter how prepared I thought I was for this process - separation, parenting plan, child support - it was still probably one of the most difficult and painful experiences I have ever had. I am well aware I am not alone, and given what I have heard and seen from others I learned that having a competent advocate who knows every aspect of how family law cases work is crucial.
What Mr. Gaber does that sets him apart from those who just have the knowledge is that he can explain the process in a manner that is so clear and concise, and he follows through on everything - very quickly. Through much of this process there were times I felt rather paralyzed and unable to make decisions, even though I knew what eventually needed to happen. Mr. Gaber spelled out my options, what would likely be the outcome (and what *should* happen, as they are not always the same thing), and he was honest in what the cost of each step would be. There were a couple circumstances where he could have gotten some more work for himself and money out of my by pushing for a contempt motion, but he respected my decision to pick my battles and be conservative with what limited resources I had throughout the process. He let me know there were no guarantees in the outcome, but I felt like I had a major advantage in just having him handle the discussions with my former partner's attorney.
Mr. Gaber was the second lawyer I hired for my case. The lawyer I used to get my case started had the most fantastic paralegal who worked hard and fast to get my declaration done and filed in time to get a restraining order. However, over the next couple months I realized that law firm was VERY expensive and I was not able to communicate with the attorney in a manner that made the process any easier. Mr. Gaber was different. Just before I hired him, he took a moment to review the temporary orders under discussion, and drafted an email addressing a few paragraphs. That email, in one page, had all the information I needed to take a position. It was all in just a few minutes of time, and I had been spending a month (and a lot of money) discussing it with my previous attorney. Mr. Gaber was clearly a better match for me.
I have a very busy and stressful work schedule and I spend a lot of time shuttling a kid around to school, sports, etc. Mr. Gaber was great about keeping me updated via email so I could handle matters outside of my work day and after my kid was in bed. There were a couple times I would have been okay with a phone call when it was something more time sensitive. But the reality is that I was overwhelmed during that time frame and did not always check my email promptly. He made his best efforts to keep me on track.
I would not wish this process on anyone. But if it ever happens I would recommend Mr. Gaber to keep you grounded, informed, and provide reasonable advice.