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Getting a Divorce? Why You Need a Family Law Firm

Friday, 02 December 2011

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Is it time to hire a divorce lawyer, or is it time to hire a family law firm.  A family law firm offers a full-service approach to the various legal issues that may come up over the years, rather than focusing primarily on the divorce itself.  It’s not that a single divorce lawyer is untrained on other aspects of the law; but they rarely have the depth of experience one would expect from a family law firm.

Common family law topics include divorce or annulment, visitation and child custody rights, child support enforcement and modification, spousal support and other issues related to the family.  Families considering adoption will often hire a family lawyer to help them with the legal aspects of adopting a child.  Family law attorneys work with guardianship issues, paternity, child protective services, domestic violence and restraining orders too.

Frequently asked questions for a family law firm –

What is the basis for determining child custody and visitation orders?

Parents can either find a solution through mediation or have the courts decide based on the “best interests of the child.”

What is the difference between and annulment and a divorce?

Both annulment and divorce proceedings effectively dissolve a marriage; but unlike divorce and annulment makes it seem as if the marriage never happened.  Most annulments are done early in the marriage and when a divorce would go against the couples religious beliefs.

What's the difference between Divorce vs. Annulment?

Both divorce and annulment are court procedures that dissolve a marriage. However, unlike a divorce, an annulment treats the marriage as though it never happened. The vast majority of dissolutions of marriage are done through divorce.

What is included in child support and who pays for the “extras”?

Child support is designed to help the custodial parent pay for food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and educational expenses.  It is calculated based on the combined income of the parents, the number of children and where the family lives.  Payment for extra-curricular activities, lessons, musical instruments and computers are not included in child support and must be negotiated between the parents.

What if my new spouse wants to officially adopt the children from my first marriage?

A family law firm can help you with a stepparent adoption and will determine if this is a possibility, as it would involve the surrender of their other parent’s rights.

The court process for any divorce or family law matter can be daunting, especially if you don’t understand your rights.  Whether you are getting divorced or adopting a child, everyone needs an advocate to protect their interests.  By working with a family law firm, you will get experience in every aspect of family law.

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