A family law attorney assists families in many ways. Unfortunately many of these situations involve heartache and adjustment to a totally new way of life. From the heartrending acts of divorce to the joyful union of a new family in adoption, this attorney is with you every step of the way!
During a divorce there are many issues to consider. Divorce is the official dissolution of a marriage between two people that have been together probably for years. They’ve built a home together, purchased many household items, had children, and pooled their money into bank accounts, savings accounts, and many other financial venues. The wife may have stayed home with the children, giving up a prosperous career and security of an income. The household good and financial gain must be divided between the two as they begin a new separated life. Child support may need to be addressed either by the family law attorney or a child custody lawyer.
If you are being abused by a spouse, boyfriend, family member, or other individual, you should contact an attorney for help and protection. Abuse encompasses a wide variety of hurtful acts committed against a victim by an abuser. Intimidation through words, looks and actions is considered abuse. Isolation prevents the victim from having a social life with friends and family. In other words, the abuser wants the victim all to himself or herself. Threats of physical harm to a victim are considered abuse, even if the abuser never follows through and commits the act of violence. Emotional abuse is targeted at crushing the victim’s esteem through calling her names or humiliating him in front of others. Abusers will often shift blame back to the victim, making him or her feel like the abuse is actually his or her fault. If you feel threatened by an abuser, you need to contact a lawyer for advice and safety.
A family law attorney can also work with parents on custody issues that come up during a divorce or afterwards. Divorced parents need to decide who will have legal custody of their children – who will make major decisions such as schooling, medical care, religion, discipline and any other legal decisions. They also need to consider physical custody – which parent will house the child and be in charge of their day to day schedule. In cases where one parent has been abusive to a child, the attorney will work to make sure the child is protected from the abusive treatment.
One of the more positive areas of work for a family law attorney is the process of adoption. This is the process of accepting a new child into the family. Some families adopt orphans who live in orphanages in the county they live. Others decide to adopt children from overseas countries. Still other parents choose to help single moms who need to put their babies up for adoption because they are unable to care for them sufficiently.
With all these situations the expertise of a qualified family law attorney is greatly appreciated!