Our New Port Richey Office
New Port Richey Custody Lawyers @ Attorneys
7623 Little Road Suite 200B
New Port Richey, FL 34654
New Port Richey Custody Attorney Howard Iken
As a frequent practitioner in child custody cases in New Port Richey, I can tell you these cases are the most demanding, most stressful for clients, and probably the most important thing that I do. Money is important but it can be replaced. Children can never be replaced and I recognize the fact that your children are the center of your universe. My style of representation on custody and parenting cases reflects that recognition.
In New Port Richey, there are a very limited set of judges that consider your case. It is extremely important for every attorney to attend “Brown Bag” lunches with the judges – held on an occasional basis in the New Port Richey courthouse. The judges express some of their views on procedure and possible case outcomes. I get a good overview of judicial tendencies with a combination of attending those meetings, and observing outcomes in custody cases. That is very important because it allows me to properly advise clients on what would be achievable in their parenting and custody case. I believe it is important to give advice on what is possible as a way of guiding my client’s negotiation and litigation strategy.
I also attend occasional meetings for attorneys and parent coordinators. These meetings are also frequented by judges. I make every attempt to remain “connected” to the legal community and to have my finger on the pulse of custody trends in the New Port Richey / Pasco County area.
One client recently told me something that made me very proud. She said “you are the attorney that I was looking for.” That client had a custody case involving a young child. I was the second attorney on her case. I made an effort to understand my client, her motivation, and what was important to her and her case. I kept in close contact throughout the case. In the end we where able to achieve her goals and keep a realistic sense of what was possible.
Another case involved allegations of child abuse and complex jurisdictional issues between Florida and Alaska. My client basically “lost her child” and had gone through several New Port Richey custody attorneys before finding me. The difficult thing about that case is that the other side had three attorneys, acting in different roles, but all dead-set against my client ever seeing the child again. The other side appeared angry, mean, and vindictive. This was not my doing but I landed in the middle of it. I was really tough. Nothing else would have accomplished anything in that case. The situation was “over the top” and was not fun for me. But I had a job to do, rolled up my sleeves, and got to work. In the end I extricated the child from the control of the other side and was successful in getting the child returned to my client. There is a review online from that client that made me very proud. To this day I think of that case when the going gets tough. If you need a tough, aggressive New Port Richey custody attorney, I believe that is me!
I believe my style in custody cases combines the following attributes:
- No sugarcoating – I tell it like it is
- Loyalty – No one questions whose side I am on
- Toughness – I am nice to the other side, but I get as tough as the situation demands
- Open with Information – My client needs accurate info so they can make good decisions
I currently spend most of my time in our New Port Richey Office and give free, initial consultations on child custody cases. If you cannot afford my services, I offer limited services that can help you with your case. Some examples are coaching, one-time hearing representation, representation at mediation, preparation of documents, and help with custody case strategy & planning.