Most adults understand that a family lawyer is the professional you turn to if you are facing a divorce. Divorce can be complicated and confusing. There are a lot of things to consider. We will explain a few of these challenges that you need the help of a family lawyer to address, as well as several other issues that fall under the expertise of these legal professionals.
When a couple determines that it is time to dissolve their marriage, there are very important details to consider. Here are some of the subjects they will have to broach and come to an agreement on:
- Custody of minor children
- Shared custody
- Sole custody
- Child support
- Division of property
- Retirement accounts
- Recreational vehicles and possessions
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
In years past, celebrities and wealthy people were the only clients who went to a family lawyer for a prenuptial agreement. They were entering a union with a lot of wealth at stake. In order to protect their property and financial security, they decided (with the help of an attorney), what each person will take with them if they exited the marriage.
Postnuptial agreements are similar to a prenuptial agreement. This often occurs when the couple simply did not have time to get the prenuptial agreement.
These contracts usually address the issues of children brought into the marriage from previous relationships or biologically.
When a couple falls in love, they never want to think of a future divorce. The fact is, 44% of all first marriages end in divorce and in subsequent weddings the rate climbs to more than 67%. A family lawyer is an unbiased party that helps the couple reach a fair agreement well before it is needed.
Some prenups go much further. Some clients want things added into the agreement such as:
- What will happen with the marriage and the property if one spouse gains too much weight?
- Custody of the family pets.
- The adjusted settlement if one of the spouses cheats on the other.
Custody and support are not the only issues that a family law attorney handle. Some of the others areas include:
- Establishing paternity and the responsibilities of the child
- Civil protection
- Seeking orders of protection
- Helping victims learn their rights
- Assisting parents who have lost custody or possession of their children to Child Protective Services
Understanding the rights of the clients that seek legal help is essential. Keeping the proceedings as calm and fair as possible is a difficult challenge. Emotions run high. You are attempting to reach an agreement to share the children, the money, the property, and the expenses. If infidelity has been introduced into the relationship, there could be extreme pain and anger in the mix. This is not something a couple should attempt on their own. Consult a family lawyer.