Sophya Q. Raza
Attorney at Law
Family law attorney Sophy Qureshi Raza discusses when it is necessary to remain firm and when it is important to be flexible when co-parenting in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” a recent article in the Ladue News.
According to Raza, the parenting plan that “both parents receive after a custody decision … becomes the final word in any custody-related disagreements.”
“The best parenting plan is the one you throw in a drawer and never look at again,” Raza says. “But there are definitely those scenarios where that’s not going to work…so they have to go by the letter of the parenting plan.”
Details specified in a parenting plan, Raza says, include pick-up and drop-off times; child-support amounts; holiday details; who pays for the children’s insurance, and how uninsured medical expenses are paid; which parent receives the tax exemption and more. Parenting plans should be customized to fit the needs of the children and co-parents, Raza says, adding it is important for any parents in that situation to know their attorney can help customize the plan around those topics they feel most strongly about.
Raza suggests even asking older children about their preferences before deciding on a parenting plan: You don’t want to be firm about Wednesday nights spent at your house only to find out the child would prefer to sleep in the same bed every weeknight.
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01/9/15 5:12 PM
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Attorney Sophy Raza on Not Sweating the Small Stuff
Transactional Department Continues Growth With Addition of New Attorney
Christopher K. Gaffney
Attorney at Law
St. Louis, MO – October 7, 2014 – Danna McKitrick, P.C. announced that Attorney Christopher K. Gaffney has joined the firm as an associate. Gaffney represents business clients in matters related to business transactions, business formation, financial transactions, and general corporate law. He also represents business owners and other individuals with estate planning matters.
He has experience assisting clients in bankruptcy proceedings, with financial reviews for business or personal transactions, and in family law matters. During law school, Gaffney completed several internships, including one with the SLU Law Economic Development Clinic, where he assisted nonprofit organizations with incorporation, compliancy, tax-exempt status, and review of loan programs to limit liability. Continue reading »
10/7/14 6:05 PM
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Christopher Gaffney Joins Danna McKitrick, P.C.
Family law attorney Sophy Qureshi Raza had the opportunity to discuss important considerations before entering a second marriage in a recent article in the Ladue News.
“The main reason people want to do a prenup is to protect their assets in the event of a divorce – and also to protect their wealth for their children in the event of their death,” explains family law attorney Sophy Raza of Danna McKitrick.
Before or soon after the marriage, it is important for each spouse to “think logically” about marriage, and that may mean a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. According to Raza,
“You would never go into a business relationship without signing something….With marriage, you are entering a financial relationship – you also are entering a relationship with a lot of other things, but it is also a financial relationship. (With prenuptial agreements,) you know everyone’s expectations ahead of time. It decreases arguments over finances….”
“Both parties should be represented by an attorney and know what they’re signing.”
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09/26/14 3:57 PM
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Sophy Raza in Ladue News: Things to Consider Before Entering a Second Marriage
Three attorneys from Danna McKitrick – Laura Gerdes Long, Sophy Qureshi Raza, and Misty Watson – were interviewed by the Ladue News to provide a little insight to new law school graduates. They answered questions about why they chose the practice of law, how they decided on their area of practice, and any advice for new attorneys as they start their careers.
Here are just a few of their comments:
Laura Gerdes Long:
I would say don’t try to concentrate in a single field when first graduating. Instead, try to find a bunch of different lawyers and different practice areas to work in to see what is your passion. Continue reading »
06/27/14 4:42 PM
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Advice to New Law School Grads from Laura Long, Sophy Raza, Misty Watson