Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fathers' Custody Rights



Fathers often face uphill battles when it comes to obtaining joint custody rights with the mother of the child. While biases that favor giving custody to the mother have faded, fathers may still have to work harder to protect their legal rights in some cases.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Step Parent Adoption



If you are remarried and do not have a relationship with the other biological parent, you may be wondering if step-parent adoption is an option and how it works, among other things. Step-parent adoption represents a great chance for both you and your child (or children) to enjoy the increased security that comes with this legal arrangement. Studies have shown that there are tremendous psychological and emotional benefits to this type of family structure.
Simply put- a step parent adoption completely extinguishes the rights of the other biological parent and the step-parent becomes the legal parent of your child. In the event something were to ever happen to you, it would be the step-parent that would take guardianship of the child. While a step-parent adoption is not as complicated as other types of adoption, it is still a legal process that an experienced adoption attorney should help you with. This is especially true if there are issues with the biological parent, you are a same sex couple or you are in a situation where you each want to adopt children.
State laws vary by state and the sooner you get in touch with an attorney, the sooner you can celebrate this very exciting event

Monday, August 14, 2017

Calculating Child Support


Learn some of the ways that child support is calculated in this video from lawinfo

Friday, August 11, 2017

Managing Financial Records For Checking Accounts During A Divorce



When managing financial records during a divorce, make sure that expenditures are accurately recorded in a checkbook. Find out how to demonstrate the source of money spent and deposited with help from a certified family mediator in this free video on family law and divorce.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Qualities To Look For In A Divorce Attorney


When it's time to decide on a divorce lawyer, take advantage of the free visits that most attorney's offer. Talk to several lawyers. When you're done, how does this lawyer stack up? Here are 5 things to consider.

  1. Is the Attorney Honest with You? Ask some hard questions. Is there a special asset you want to keep? Ask if it can be protected? Do you want spousal support? See if the attorney thinks it could happen. Judge the answers and compare your first visits. If any lawyer is telling you just what you want to hear, cross that firm off your list.

  2. Can the Attorney be Your Champion? Do you sense that he believes what you have to say about why you're getting a divorce and does he agree with the outcome you are seeking? You want a lawyer who is firmly on your side and ready to fight for you if necessary.

  3. Is this Attorney Knowledgeable? Ask about the attorney's experience and ready any online reviews or rankings. Be sure to ask if he has handled cases that have the same rough spots as yours and what was their outcome. You want an attorney who is knowledgeable about divorce laws in your state and one who is knowledgeable about any special issues or concerns you case might have. You also want an attorney who is looking ahead at your future and helping you plan for life after divorce with advice on anything from dealing with child custody issues to financial issues.

  4. Can the Lawyer Act and Not React? Words you don't want to hear are "let's see what the other side has to say". You want a lawyer who is willing to act on your behalf; not one who is just reacting to the demands or requests made by the opposing side. Check the attorney's reputation in the legal community. Is he or she well respected by peers and judges? That respected legal professional is who you are looking for to represent you.

  5. How Does the Lawyer Treat You? Do you feel that this attorney is ready to help you through a hard part of your life? You should feel respected and you should feel that the attorney is compassionate and ready to help. Again, ask some questions. How long will it take the attorney to respond to a phone call if you have a question? Will you meet with him or a member of his staff? Even a simple divorce is difficult and you want to find an attorney that will give you the support you need.

An experienced divorce lawyer should answer your questions and never be irritated or antagonistic because you are asking them. You want a divorce attorney who understands you, understands the issues in your divorce and will help you come out the other side ready for a new start.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Six Issues To Ask A Family Law Attorney About


Although divorce is the most common reason to visit a family law attorney, it isn't the only one. The enormous area of legal practice they specialize in deals with all aspects of domestic relations and family matters.

Adoption

An extremely complicated process, few adoptions are finalized without help from a family law attorney. Why is this? Adoption laws differ from state to state. So before a couple can pursue a legal adoption, they must familiarize themselves with complicated state laws. An experienced adoption lawyer can help explain and expedite the process by filing the required legal documents with the court.

Alimony

Because marriage is chiefly regulated by the state, so too are the rules regarding separation and divorce. Alimony or spousal support may be provided for either party of a divorce. If the parties cannot come to a fair and reasonable agreement on the amount of support, the court will do it for them. But to get to that state, you must file a request for alimony. If your former spouse is uncooperative, an attorney completes and submits the requisite documents with the court.

Child Custody

When a couple with children separates, the question of custody takes center stage. Because it is an emotional, contentious issue, legal professionals are needed to help parents do what is in the best interest of their children.

Domestic Violence

Better known as a restraining order, an order of protection is issued to restrict the behavior of someone by a court who has harmed or threatened another. That person could be a former spouse or domestic partner who either lives at the same address or elsewhere. The order serves as a strong legal deterrent to anyone who has abused or even threatened to harm a person or their family.

Mediation

If the two parties can stand to be in the same room with one another, mediation is a much faster, more affordable alternative to litigation. Whether you are discussing the terms of a divorce or other domestic issues, a lawyer can help move the process along by recommending reasonable solutions to seemingly intractable problems. It is also a far less contentious option because there is no clear winner or loser. Couples can talk things out and mutually agree on a broad range of solutions that could take many months to resolve in court.

Prenuptial Agreements

We all know that about half of all marriages fail. A standard prenuptial agreement is not designed to leave one party penniless and the other rolling in riches. It is intended to help both sides save time, money, and emotion should the marriage end in divorce.

Although there are many more services provided, a family law attorney focuses mostly on the aforementioned legal areas.