General family law, which is also referred to as domestic relations, is a broad term that encompasses a variety of family related topics such as divorce, child support, alimony, property settlements and child custody. Regardless of which family related issue you are facing, it is wise to turn to an experienced domestic relations attorney to help you receive a fair outcome. In these situations, emotions typically run very high, making it difficult for both parties to come to an amicable agreement.
Our Approach to Pursuing a Divorce or Dissolution
Our approach to helping clients pursue a divorce or dissolution is very different from many law firms. Aside from a death, divorce is probably the most difficult thing someone can experience in life. It’s not a situation that you want to rush into. That’s why we counsel clients through these difficult cases. For many clients, our first conversation is an opportunity to discuss all the options available. Our goal is to achieve the best outcome for the client with the least expense, time and anguish. We try to put clients at ease and help them adjust to the significant life changes ahead.
What is the Difference Between a Divorce and a Dissolution?
The term divorce is what instantly comes to mind when most people think about ending their marriage. However, it is important to note that you actually have two options to choose from, and they each have a big impact on how the entire process will work.
In order to get a divorce, it will be necessary in most cases for one party to allege that their spouse is at-fault due to engaging in one or more negative behaviors. Every situation is different, so it’s best to speak with an experienced attorney regarding the specifics of your case.
Dissolution provides married couples with the opportunity to legally end their relationship without needing to place fault on either party. Instead, they handle resolving the legal issues that are typically taken care of by a judge, including designation of spousal and child support, visitation, payment of attorney fees and division of property. Although dissolution cases can be much less complicated than pursuing a divorce, it’s still wise to consult an attorney to ensure a fair outcome for both parties.
Child Support and Child Custody Cases
If both parties want to be the custodial parent, it will be necessary for a judge to decide what is in the child’s best interests. Each parent should be prepared to present a solid legal argument for their side, and this is best accomplished by utilizing the services of a lawyer who understands how to properly navigate the legal system. It is especially important to consider obtaining legal representation if you have a viable reason that your ex should not have custody or even visitation rights.
Competent legal representation is extremely important because there are many intricacies involved with navigating the juvenile court system.
Child support is determined based on the income of both parties and who has been granted custodial rights. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that more than half of the people who are required to pay child support will fail to meet their entire obligation each year. Working with a family law attorney can ensure that you take the best actions toward collecting any outstanding balances.
If you have a question related to divorce, dissolution, child support or child custody, contact us for a no-obligation consultation at 216-661-9740.