There are basically two parts to divorce—property division and child custody. First, you have to split up your property, both marital and non-marital. If you are wondering what is and is not marital property, call us for a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Second, if you have children, you have to figure out how you are going to raise them. Even though you are no longer together, you still need to work together for the best interests of your children. With the help of your divorce lawyer, you must decide on who gets child custody, how much child support is going to be, and establish a visitation schedule.
Divorces are both stressful and complicated. If a couple drafts their own decree, it’s easy to leave something out. Also, circumstances can sometimes change in unforeseen ways. When that happens, it may be necessary to revisit and modify the divorce decree. We have helped people modify their original divorce decrees. If you find that you have to go back to the negotiating table, take Franks and Rechenberg, P.C. with you.
If a couple doesn’t get married, and has a child between them, it is necessary to establish paternity. Establishing paternity is beneficial for all parties. Once paternity is established, the mother can receive from the father the financial support that the child needs. The father can establish his custody and visitation rights, and the child’s future is secured.
Of all the areas of family law that we practice, this one is the most satisfying. We know that not all families are solely created by blood, and it’s a pleasure to help adoptive families legally solidify their relationships. We handle both domestic and international adoptions.
It is possible to deal with family law matters without a lawyer, but we would not recommend it. Even uncontested divorces can become complex. Post-decree and paternity matters can also be emotionally stressful. If you retain a qualified attorney, you have an advocate on your side who knows the law and can provide you objective advice. With a combined total of more than 25 years representing clients, we have the knowledge and experience to help you.