Family Law: For most people, the first thing they think about when they hear the words “Family Law” is divorce, followed closely by child custody and child support. The area of family law is vast and the issues are deep. Trying to traverse through a divorce, child support, custody, an adoption or any other category that falls under the category of “family law” can prove to be a daunting task.
Should I File for Divorce?
One of the most difficult decisions in life is deciding that your marriage isn’t working and that it is time to consider filing for a divorce. When children are involved, it can make this decision even more difficult. Strong emotions such as fears, betrayal, loneliness and anger can cloud your judgment.
What is absolutely necessary is having a caring, professional and compassionate attorney that understands that you have not come to this decision lightly, and that will treat you with the respect, dignity and compassion that you deserve. While offering sound counsel and fighting to protect your rights under the law.
Avoiding the Hazards and Pitfalls of Divorce:
It is very easy to become a victim while going through the divorce process, if you try to navigate it without seeking the proper help from an expert divorce attorney. Separating the marital and/or per-marital assets is stressful without the competent help of a skilled attorney. And when children are involved, the anxiety and struggles compounds. Working with one of our expert attorneys will put your mind at ease, knowing that you not only have a compassionate counselor at law, but a fierce advocate who will fight for your best interests as well. No one will fight harder for your rights!
We will guide you through the process and help you avoid the difficulties of divorce:
- Protecting your rights to your children
- Fighting for your rights to your share of the marital assets
- Making sure child support is correct and that no one is exploiting the system
- Working out a visitation schedule for your children with your x-spouse
- Counseling you compassionately
- Speaking out and standing up for you when it’s hard to do it yourself
- Providing you the resources to be the crucial decision maker about your future
Our Divorce Strategy Comes from a Position of Strength and is Designed to Aid in Healing:
A successful divorce not only means defending your rights, but doing so in a way that allows you to heal properly after the legal issues have been decided. In some cases, an out of court settlements can be reached among the parties. In many situations, this is possible and can limit the time, heartache and legal fees involved in the divorce process. Only an expert attorney can provide you with the tools and counsel necessary to allow you to heal, while getting you what you deserve. We believe in dealing from a position of strength by letting your spouse know that you are serious and you mean business while attempting to avoid confrontation on your behalf. This gets you what your family needs and most of the time, lets the opposing party know that you mean business!
Of course, if the particular facts of your case make this an impossibility, you need an advocate that can battle on your behalf. Our experienced divorce attorneys will litigate to the fullest extent of the lae on your behalf to guarantee that you get what you deserve—that is what we strive to provide for with each of our clients. We are focused solely on your rights during the divorce, and our results prove it.
Get Child Custody Results!
No other issue is more heated, emotionally charged, and important in the law than child custody Issues. For decades, people have fought over their rights to obtain custody over the children when a relationship or a marriage has failed. The assistance of our expert child custody attorneys is necessary to protect your rights as a parent. Congratulations on taking the first step toward fighting for your children!
As professional child custody lawyers, we will explain to you that the days of simply granting mother custody over the kids are gone. Most jurisdictions across the United States follow the “best interests of the child” standard, whereby the court takes into account literally dozens of factors to determine where the child or children should reside as their primary residence. Our experienced lawyers fight on your behalf and will explain the details of your case with the care, confidentiality, and compassion. You and your family deserve to know what to expect and what your chances of winning are.
Most courts take into account numerous of factors in determining custody, including:
- The preferences of the child (if over age 13)
- The wishes of the parents
- The mental and physical health of all parties involved
- How the child adjusts to his/her environment in school, home or the community
- History of violence by either of the parents
By no means is this a complete list or necessarily the order of importance, but this is a list of special considerations that should be taken into account.
Child Custody Help: What is Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody?
Our experienced child custody attorneys will explain the details of exactly what the difference is between joint custody and sole custody—but here is the basic premise. In most cases, joint custody is based on the courts belief that encouraging parents to work together for the best interests of the child is of utmost importance in developing a healthy relationship with both parents and the child.
Joint custody means that both parents share the responsibilities of the children and should work together to approve any and all major decisions related to the children’s lives. For this reason, most courts encourage joint custody, whereby one parent is still the custodial parent (where the child lives most of the time) and the other parent is the noncustodial parent (where the child has visitation with the other parent). The reason is straightforward and simple—having both parents in a child’s life is important for literally dozens of reasons and helps the child grow up with positive influences from both parents.
Sole custody of a child, which is granted in some situations, is where the primary care giver (custodial parent) does not need to work with the other parent to develop plans of how the child should be raised or to make big decisions on medical procedures or little decisions such as after school activities. However, many courts are now moving towards allowing the non-custodial parent certain rights regarding serious medical procedures and extreme sports. Because of the changing laws, it is advisable to speak with our attorneys who specializes in child custody matters.
Child Visitation Issues Can Be Solved:
For a lot of parents, the most disappointing thing in the world is not being able to see their children every day. The idea of your children spending the majority of their time with the other parent and not with you can be a frustrating, heart-breaking and painful emotion. Where you may feel as though you have lost control and you don’t know where to turn or what to do. But setting up a proper visitation schedule and gaining rights to see your children on a regular basis can help ease the pain and frustration. Don’t let fear and frustration control how you live your life. Speak with one of our expert attorneys that handles child visitation today.
Child visitation is a highly contested issue, and one that requires much thought. Our expert family law attorneys are here to help guide you through the process and are happy to provide with the legal counsel and representation you need to solve child custody issues.
I’m Not the Custodial / Residential Parent, What Does That Mean?
If you are not the custodial parent, it means that your children live for the majority of time with the other parent, called the custodial or residential parent. First, any parent that is not the custodial or residential parent should understand that this is not the end of the world. Child visitation rights are something that courts and judges want to grant to the non-custodial parent because they comprehend the important role each parent plays and their desire to have a significant presence in their child’s life. Contacting one of our experienced child visitation attorneys is your best chance at securing your family’s rights.
There are many aspects that can affect how much time each parent can spend with their child, but only an experienced family law attorney specializing in child visitation rights and child custody rights can help you understand how your personal situation fits within the law. One of the most damaging pieces of evidence to a non-custodial parent in a child visitation battle is waiting too long to start.
Judges that deal with parents that wait too long to start the fight for visitation rights ask this question, “How important is it to you? If you waited this long to start fighting for your rights as a parent, how important is it really to you?”
Don’t get caught in that situation, get help now! And if you did wait a long time, because you may have hoped to work something out with the other parent and it hit the skids, don’t panic, it can be addressed and it can be corrected, but you cannot wait any longer to act. Fight for your child visitation right immediately!
Some things a court generally will take into account are:
- How long the non-custodial parent waited before fighting for their visitation rights?
- What are the living conditions of the non-custodial parent’s home?
- Has the non-custodial parent has spent time with the child in the past?
- Has the non-custodial parent had overnight time alone with the child?
- Is there has been any history of abuse by the non-custodial parent?
- Is the geographical location of the non-custodial parent convenient to visitation? (out of state, 100 miles away, etc)