Family Law

Family Law

Family law is a legal practice area that focuses on issues involving family relationships, such as adoption, divorce, and child custody, among others. Some family law attorneys even specialize in adoption, paternity, emancipation, or other matters not usually related to divorce. Family law concerns the rights and obligations of spouses, children, and other domestic relations. City, state, and federal laws all can affect families in a variety of ways. According to the U.S. Census, the typical structure of American households has been changing. For instance, from 1970 to 2012, the percentage of households composed of married couples with children under 18 fell by half, from 40 percent to only 20 percent of all households.

Many of us are familiar with the work of criminal lawyers from movies and TV shows, where they go in front of a judge and present dramatic arguments for their clients. While the work of a family lawyer is not so dramatic, it is just as important. Almost everyone will need the services of a family lawyer at some point in their lives. We’ve been working with families for over (Insert Number) years and have been honored to help them through some of the most challenging and emotional moments of their lives. So what are the most common types of cases that a family law lawyer works on? Listed below are the four major areas of family law work we do here at Valerie Garrett Law Office.

Divorce

Unfortunately, many marriages end in separation or divorce. When a couple decides to dissolve a marriage, one of the spouses will petition the court for a divorce. This means that the court can legally end the marriage, divide marital assets between the spouses, grant custody of any children to one or both spouses, and impose child and spousal support obligations. Before, during, and after a marriage, state (and sometimes federal, and even international) law may affect families. The majority of marriages end in divorce and as a law firm specializing in family law, this is a very common case that we handle.

Child and spousal support

Non-custodial parents are required by law to pay a monthly allowance, or child support, to help the custodial parent cover their child’s expenses. An order of child support may follow a divorce or a determination of paternity. A court of law usually determines the payments, based on the income level of the other parent. Stiff fines and even jail time can be imposed for a parent failing to keep up payment. Unsurprisingly, child and spousal support (also called “alimony”) often go hand-in-hand with divorce and it is usually a contentious part of the proceedings. We do a lot of work to help families build a working or even amiable relationship after a divorce.

Child custody

Sometimes, a marriage or relationship ends badly. If children are involved, however, the former spouses must still communicate and cooperate to some degree, but child custody arrangements don’t always go according to plan. Custodial interference by a parent is one of the major problems that may arise after divorce or breakup, or in some non-divorce situations involving children. Again, this is a common component of divorce. We work with our clients to help them secure custody of their children and to arrange a situation with their spouses that is beneficial for everyone.

Domestic Violence

Non-custodial parents are required by law to pay a monthly allowance, or child support, to help the custodial parent cover their child’s expenses. An order of child support may follow a divorce or a determination of paternity. A court of law usually determines the payments, based on the income level of the other parent. Stiff fines and even jail time can be imposed for a parent failing to keep up payment. Unsurprisingly, child and spousal support (also called “alimony”) often go hand-in-hand with divorce and it is usually a contentious part of the proceedings. We do a lot of work to help families build a working or even amiable relationship after a divorce.

Those are 4 of the most common cases we work with along with paternity, division of assets, domestic partnerships, and guardianship. If you need a family law attorney, please call here (Insert Law Firm Name). Our Family Law attorney/s are here to assist you in any way we can. Call today!

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Valerie Garrett Law Office

Top rated practicing family law attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was drawn to an area of the law where she could help individuals faced with a family crisis.