As an experienced family law practice, we understand that your case must be handled with care, understanding, and professionalism. We respect that family matters are delicate and require special attention and will diligently manage your case and guide you through this difficult time in your life. Family law practice areas include:
Making the decision to dissolve a marriage can be difficult and emotional, especially when there are children of the marriage. You have to determine what the best custodial schedule will be for your children, divide your assets and debts, and generally figure out how to live a new life apart from your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. We recognize how hard these decisions can be and are sensitive to the emotional toll they take. We help you take the emotion out of these decisions and focus on the bigger picture to make the process as painless and simple as possible.
Separate Maintenance (Legal Separation)
Separate maintenance, commonly referred to as legal separation, is handled in exactly the same manner as a divorce, with the exception that the parties remain legally married at the end of the proceedings and therefore cannot remarry. Separate maintenance cases are most frequently used to allow a spouse to retain benefits, such as medical insurance, from the other spouse which would otherwise terminate upon divorce.
Child Custody and Support
When relationships end, it is always difficult to determine what should happen with the children of those relationships. You must determine who makes the decisions about the children’s welfare, education, and care, who the child will reside with on a daily basis, what schedules will be followed for the noncustodial parent if the timeshare is unequal, and how to calculate child support, among other things. There are many factors the court considers when determining child custody, but the chief among them is the best interest of the child or children. Often, parents do not agree on what is in the child’s best interest, and it becomes necessary to litigate the issue. It is important to know which evidence and factors are given the most weight by the court and how to present that information in such a way to support your case. Using an experienced family law attorney is the best way to ensure that your case is handled in the best way possible.
When parties have unequal incomes, disabilities, were involved in a long-term marriage, or other factors, an award of spousal support may be appropriate. Whether you are seeking support or trying to avoid or minimize paying support, we are here to help you through the process and guide you every step of the way.
If a parent is unable to care for their child, whether as a result of death, disability, drug use, financial instability, or other issues, or if funds inherited by or awarded to a minor child, a guardianship may become necessary in order to ensure the child is cared for and to protect their funds. Additionally, an adult may need to be placed under guardianship if they become unable to make their own decisions to care for themselves, as frequently happens with those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as well as other ailments or impairments. We can assist you every step of the way in obtaining the necessary guardianship and ensuring your loved one is protected and cared for.
Termination of Parental Rights
Termination of parental rights cases are some of the most difficult cases in family law. Judges tend to think of a termination of rights as the civil equivalent of the death penalty and are very reluctant to terminate a parent’s rights without very specific extenuating circumstances. Additionally, there are several statutory requirements to be met in these cases. It is incredibly important to utilize an experienced attorney should you decide to pursue a termination of rights, as they are not freely granted and can be quite complex.
Adoption is a beautiful thing for so many families and we are always so pleased to assist in this process. We handle both minor and adult adoptions and it brings us immense joy to make families whole through this process.
Whether you simply never liked your name, want to change your name after a divorce and forgot to include it in your divorce decree, or need to change a child’s name, we can assist you with this process. From the initial petition, to a court hearing when required, we are with you every step of the way.