When Do You Need a Family Lawyer?
Those who practice family law are involved in the most personal and emotional areas of their client’s lives, as well as the some of the most delicate areas of the law: the creation and the untangling of complex family relationships. An attorney who specializes in family law has to have the ability to empathize and understand the various dynamics of often complicated family relationships, while maintaining the parameters of the law of their state and the best interest of their client in mind.
Family law is not limited to divorce and custody issues, but family attorneys can also deal with adoption, child support, termination of parental rights, paternity, and even issues dealing with grandparent’s rights. Given the very personal nature of these relationships, it is imperative that the attorney you choose is someone you feel comfortable with and who you can fully trust.
Family law is most closely associated with divorce. While divorce laws vary from state to state, a marriage is a legal contract that must be dissolved as carefully, if not more so, than when it was entered into. The main issues to address in most divorces include child custody, division of property, and spousal/child support. The laws for each of these topics are complex and varied. Whether you are going through litigation in court, or you wish to reach a negotiated settlement with your spouse for any of these issues, the presence of an attorney who will be your strongest advocate is critical.
When children are involved and parents don’t agree on custody, the steadfast representation of a family attorney is pivotal in any litigation. In order for a court to determine the best interests of your child, your attorney must be adept at presenting evidence in the best possible light. Evidence includes your testimony, documents (such as emails, school records), and possible testimony from third parties including family, friends, therapists, and any other parties who have had extensive contact with your child.
At Ross and Beckman, PLC, we specialize in facilitating these complex relationships, and take the responsibility of advocating for your welfare and the welfare of your children very seriously. Contact us today if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. We can and want to help.