Family Law

Family law is the term applied to the laws and rules developed regarding family relationships.  Family law rules define not only the relationships between members of a family, but also between a family and society as a whole.  More than any other area of the law, family law reflects the values society shares regarding how people who are related should treat each other.  When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, the advice and assistance of a family law attorney often proves crucial to your understanding of the issues involved, and your satisfaction with the ultimate outcome of your family law matter.

Our family law attorneys assist people in counseling concerning family relationships.  Specific areas of representation include marriage and relationship planning, divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, spousal support (alimony), community property, domestic violence, and restraining orders. Our  family law attorneys also provide assistance in the area of adoption.

Adoption

Every adoption, whether foreign or domestic, requires the action and approval of a court to become final, and each state has its own adoption policies and procedures.  Most states have measures in place to assess the fitness of the adopting parents.  Adopted children generally receive all the benefits afforded to natural children, and parents owe...

Child Custody and Visitation

The care and upbringing of children following divorce is often an ongoing source of conflict for children and parents, as divorced parents often have an array of issues they must resolve and come to terms over before starting the next chapter of their lives. Some of the many questions that come up in these situations...

Child Support

Parents must financially support their children.  That obligation usually lasts until the child reaches the age of majority (usually 18, depending on state law).  An order for child support may be entered during or after a divorce, and either parent may be ordered to pay support depending upon how custody is arranged.  Unwed parents may...

Conclusion

Family relations create a host of legal consequences. Whether you are contemplating marriage or divorce or are considering adoption, a family law attorney at our firm can explain the laws that apply to your particular situation and help you to make the best choices for you and your family.

Divorce

Divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals.  From a legal standpoint, divorce restores an individual’s right to marry someone else.  The process also legally divides marital assets and debts, and determines the care and custody of the children.  Each state addresses these issues differently. However, most states follow the same...

Pre Nuptials

Marriage is a civil union, as much as it is a religious or a relational one.  Therefore, it is wise to consult with an attorney prior to marriage.  Many couples find it helpful to work through financial issues and the potential disagreements such before entering into a marriage through the use of a prenuptial.