Legal Seperation and Divorce Attorneys
Deciding to end a marriage is a process that is often very stressful, complex, and confusing.
Child Custody and Child Support Attorneys
Arguing over issues that involve children often quickly becomes messy and time consuming.
Sometimes relationships are volatile and involve threatening behavior that necessitates quick action to protect an individual from their partner.
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Our family lawyers work represent you in divorce proceedings and other matters related to divorce. But family law is a relatively broad practice area, including such issues as foster care and reproductive rights.
The most common practice areas of family law include:
Each partner hires his or her own attorney, who will help devise a settlement plan in order to avoid a trial. Divorce attorneys typically are skilled at dividing marital property, calculating spousal support, and proposing a plan for child custody, visitation, and support (if applicable). See Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer? for more information.
Child Custody / Child Support
Court orders and settlement agreements involving both custody and support usually are included in the larger divorce case, but may be revisited as conditions change. For instance, child support may be altered after the non-custodial parent's financial situation changes.
In most cases, paternity cases are filed by the mother in an effort to secure child support payments from an absent father. But sometimes biological fathers file for paternity in order to have a relationship with their child. Paternity typically is determined through DNA testing.
Adoption / Foster Care
Adoption is a complex process that differs according to the type of adoption, where the child is from, variances in state laws, and other factors. Therefore, it is important to consult with a family law attorney. Foster parents sometimes adopt their foster children, but the foster process does not necessarily require legal representation.