Specializing in Family Care
Family Law Expertise and Experience
At its most fundamental, family law has been defined as: "[the] area of law dealing with family relations including divorce, adoption, paternity, custody, and support." Family law cases run the gamut from simple legal procedures to complicated, emotionally charged affairs. In any event, a qualified and experienced family law attorney can provide much needed assistance.
Family law encompasses a wide range of legal issues, including:
- Separation and divorce
- Child custody cases
- Paternity and child support
At East Lake Law Firm, we specialize in family law services for residents of the St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce, and Okeechobee areas. The following information discusses some of the different aspects of family law, and why it is important to retain the services of an experienced family lawyer.
Separation and Divorce
A divorce can be a messy, traumatic event for everyone involved. Apart from the emotional toll, there are many legal questions that must be resolved, such as property ownership, division of assets and liabilities, and in some cases alimony payments.
A family lawyer can help guide you through the separation and divorce process. In many cases, an attorney can help his clients to achieve their preferred outcome through an out-of-court settlement. Even if a divorce case does go to trial, your attorney will represent you in court, and fight for the best possible result for your situation.Child Custody
When children are involved in a separation and divorce case, child custody usually becomes a heated issue. Your family lawyer can help you to reach an acceptable arrangement for joint custody, or in certain circumstances (such as cases of abuse), sole custody. If joint custody is in the best interests of the child, then your attorney can assist in the creation of a parenting plan to ensure fair distribution of time with the child for each parent.
Paternity and Child Support
A family lawyer can also help a parent to prove or disprove paternity. Perhaps one party is paying child custody for a son or daughter that is not really his; conversely, there may be a need to establish paternity so that the other party begins to make monthly contributions for his child's upbringing.
There are a number of factors in play, such as:
- Which parent should bear the burden of child support payments
- What amount should be paid
- Which expenses are specifically covered
The adoption process can be long and complicated. A family lawyer can help you to find a reputable adoption agency, and can guide you through the necessary paperwork for legally adopting or relinquishing a child. If your adoption of a child is later challenged, then your attorney can also represent you in court.
If your relatives are unable to care for their child, then you may decide to take guardianship of him or her. On the other hand, perhaps you need to act as a guardian for your aging parents. In either case, an attorney can guide you through the legal process to obtain guardianship.
It is very important to select an attorney that has the necessary experience to effectively handle your guardianship case. In addition, you want to feel comfortable with your family lawyer as you progress through the case together.
These and other situations call for the family law services of a skilled and experienced attorney. At East Lake Law Firm, family law is one of our areas of expertise. We can provide you with the best possible representation during your time of distress. If you have any questions or concerns about an area of family law that is relevant to you, feel free to contact us today.