Family law is the body of law that concerns itself with the legal matters related to family matters. Property disputes, divorce, child custody, and many other family related issues are very complicated, time consuming, and may even have long-lasting impacts. These all fall under the larger umbrella of family law and are better handled by a professional, trained, family law attorney. A good Seattle family law attorney has the knowledge and skills necessary to handle each of the above issues. Below is a brief description of what each of the major issues involve.
Divorce is a topic that has many facets. Seattle divorce lawyers deal with every aspect of separation, from prenuptial agreements to property distribution and retirement accounts. They also can advise their clients on child custody and other family law issues. The Seattle State Bar Association offers free divorce advice.
Child custody is one of the most common family law matters that attorneys deal with. Most attorneys will have at least one family law child custody case that they are current with. They will have a group of attorneys who are highly experienced in handling cases involving children and can often make referrals to local attorneys. In the state of Seattle, there are approximately 1.5 lawyers for every 100 residents.
Child support is an area that many couples need help with. New York recognizes that it is financially difficult for many working parents to provide financially for their children. Many times, this leads to ex-couples filing for bankruptcy or even taking out public loans and relying on credit cards. If you are seeking counsel on child custody, Seattle attorneys can be of assistance in finding other means of paying. This can include loan payments or child support.
Other family law issues involve determining who gets the custody of a newborn. Once the baby is born, the parents must establish custody. If one of the parents is unfit, the court can set up a temporary custody order. Temporary custody orders can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Parents who agree on custody can often have their custody case resolved this way and then return to court for a final hearing. If the parents are unable to settle their custody dispute this way, they may need to go to trial.
Divorce is another area that divorce attorneys are familiar with. In Seattle, both parties need to settle their property division before a final judgment can be rendered. In divorce cases, family law attorneys can assist with making all of the necessary arrangements for the recipient of spousal support (alimony) as well as setting up child custody and visitation schedules.