Family law actions can have a profound effect upon your future and the futures of your family members, let alone the current emotional toll. Critical decisions need to be made in order to establish the post-action family dynamics that you believe will best suit you and your family.
Division of Property and Spousal Maintenance: The divorce action needs to competently address the various issues you and your spouse will face, such as the equitable division of your assets and your debts, and the entitlement of one or the other spouse to spousal maintenance (alimony). This may include the evaluation of such issues as properly dividing the responsibilities inherent with the ownership of the family residence, the division of the family business, the division of retirement accounts, strategies for dealing with creditors, the training and entry of a spouse into the workforce, the handling of a contract marriage, etc.
Child Custody and Support: If you have children with your spouse, or with another person, then a host of other issues need to be addressed. A fair custody and visitation schedule needs to be determined, including arrangements for holidays, special days, and vacations, along with the logistics for assuring the best implementation and exercise of the schedule, including the prospect of one parent moving away. Closely intertwined with custody and visitation is the need to support the children, with one parent paying the other parent child support. There are numerous factors that are considered in the course of determining who will pay support and the amount of support to be paid, the most important facts being the incomes of the parents and the terms of the visitation schedule.
Post Decree issues: A change in circumstances since your last court proceeding may lead you to believe that current orders should be revised. There are specific facts that need to be evaluated to determine if the changes are significant enough that the family court will consider your request. If so, then special procedural rules apply for presenting your case to the judge for consideration.
Limited and Full Representation: The family law division of the court offers spouses and parents flexibility as to the level of assistance that they can receive from an attorney during the course of the proceedings. The court offers self-help forms for filing divorces and for instituting post-divorce actions. While many couples utilize these forms, they are rather generic and are not intended to fully address the issues present in individual matters, and, if not properly completed, can cause your case to be dismissed or significantly delayed. Consequently, you have several options for attorney representation. You can retain my firm to have me review your self-help forms and guide you through the process. You can retain my firm to appear on your behalf for a particular hearing only, or, of course, you can retain my firm to allow me to personally represent you on all facets of your action. Contact me.