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Family Law FAQs

Why Do You Practice Family Law?

I am a mother, and I always want to take care of the children, so it became known in the area that I would always take care of the children, and make sure that the children’s best interests are acknowledged.

 

I have the reputation at the onset so that families and the judicial system are comfortable in knowing that I would never put a child in danger.

 What Are The Top Misconceptions People Have About Working With A Family Law Attorney?

I think the first thing that someone needs to do is find a lawyer they can trust, and that they can depend on. I tell clients when we first meet, that we have to go into court as a team, and you need to be comfortable with me, and vice versa. If we are comfortable with each other, then we can present our case effectively, and achieve a positive outcome.

 

I try to guide them as to what would be in their best interest for the future, and I try to make sure that my orders are fashioned in such a way, that these people do not have to keep appearing in court several times over. We are trying to get a distinct final order, and we are trying to get answers that you can live with, for the rest of their lives.

 How Can Someone Prepare For An Impending Divorce?

They need to make sure they are financially secured until they divorce is finalized. We also need to make sure they have a safe place for the children, with a stable home life. We need to make sure they make copies of any debts that have been incurred during this marriage, secure retirement papers, tax records for the last three years, and any other pertinent documentation that will help with the financial decisions for this pending divorce.

How Would You Define A Successful Outcome In A Divorce Case

We try to foresee the future if possible. On the marital dissolution agreements, it is very important that a good attorney look at all assets too. If you have a business, value the business, try to get a good order for the real estate do not string it out.

 

We try to see what could happen in the future, and we try not to leave any stone unturned. I advise them when in doubt. Always read your order, and do exactly what that order says. So the orders are extremely important.

How Does The Court Determine The Best Interests Of The Child?

The court looks at considering what the best interests are for the child, or children. The main thing is a stable home, how close the kids are with love and affection, emotional ties, how to check the parents in providing for food and clothing. Are medical care, and education, and any other necessary things for the child provided? The importance of continuity in a child’s life for the length of the time the child has lived in a stable and satisfactory environment.

If one parent tries to restrict without good reasons on visitations with the other, then that parent is probably not going to be a good primary residential parent, because they will not make sure that, the child has a good and loving relationship with the other.

Can Child Support Amounts Be Modified?

Yes, child support amounts can be modified. Child support can change. Let us say the mother gets a raise, and they want to go back in and change the child support, when we calculate it, if the amount is a fifteen percent variant up or down, then we change it. If it is not, then it remains the same.

The most common way a person can make their situation worse after an arrest has taken place is speaking without legal counsel. You should ALWAYS get an attorney.

What Are Some Of The Most Common Ways People Unintentionally Incriminate Themselves?

We handle and have seen over a decade worth of pretty much everything including, but not limited to:

 

  • Assault (Vehicular, Aggravated, Domestic)

  • Criminal Homicide

  • Voluntary Manslaughter

  • Kidnapping

  • Robbery

  • Rape

  • Statutory Rape

  • Extortion

  • Obstruction of Justice

What Types Of Criminal Defense Cases Does Are Firm Handle?

Criminal Defense FAQs

Yes, child support amounts can be modified. Child support can change. Let us say the mother gets a raise, and they want to go back in and change the child support, when we calculate it, if the amount is a fifteen percent variant up or down, then we change it. If it is not, then it remains the same.

Can Child Support Amounts Be Modified?

Good lawyers settle cases when reason is available. Probably more than 95% of criminal cases are settled with some sort of agreement. Good lawyers who work in the criminal area know the law, and most importantly, know what the Court will accept and what might happen if a trial is had. That knowledge is VERY valuable and essential to any criminal defense.

What's The Difference Between A Misdemeanor And A Felony?

Misdemeanors are crimes which carry punishment of less than one year in jail; felonies are crimes which carry a punishment of over one year in jail.

What If I Feel Guilty Or Believe That I Am Guilty? Should I Throw Myself Onto The Mercy Of The Court?

Only if you like jail. Even if you are guilty of an offense, a lawyer often can help soften the hit by working out a much better solution that you can get by throwing yourself on the mercy of the Court. NEVER, EVER do that. Always get a lawyer.

Do Most Cases Go To Trail Or Settle Out Of Court?