Family Law Practice Areas
A contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot reach an agreement on key issues such as property division, child custody, or alimony. In such cases, the resolution often involves court intervention to make decisions on these contested matters.
An uncontested divorce is a process where both spouses reach mutual agreements on key issues such as property division, child custody, and support without the need for court intervention. This streamlined approach typically results in a quicker and more amicable dissolution of the marriage.
Alimony and Spousal Support
Spousal support, or alimony, is financial assistance paid by one spouse to the other during or after divorce to help maintain a standard of living or assist in financial transition. The amount and duration are determined by factors like the length of marriage, each spouse’s financial situation, and any marital misconduct.
Alienation of Affection
Child custody refers to the legal and practical rights and responsibilities of a parent regarding their child’s upbringing, including decisions about residence, education, healthcare, and general well-being. Custody arrangements can be determined through court decisions or mutual agreements between parents, aiming to ensure the child’s best interests are prioritized.
Child support is financial assistance provided by a non-custodial parent to help cover the costs of raising a child. The amount is typically determined based on the parents’ incomes and the child’s needs.
Guardianship is a legal relationship in which one person, known as the guardian, is appointed by a court to make decisions and take care of another person, known as the ward, who is unable to care for themselves due to age, incapacity, or disability. The guardian is responsible for making decisions regarding the ward’s personal and financial affairs, ensuring their well-being and best interests are upheld.
Guardian Ad Litem
A guardian ad litem is a court-appointed individual, often an attorney or trained advocate, assigned to represent the best interests of a child in legal proceedings, particularly in cases involving custody disputes or abuse. The guardian ad litem conducts investigations, interacts with the child, and provides the court with recommendations to help make informed decisions regarding the child’s welfare.