The past fifty years have shown a radical change in the American family and the way it is built.
Divorce rose among American citizens. More people choose to live together rather than sign a marriage license before moving in together. Voters’ recent approval of same-sex marriage in many states indicates the acceptance of “mixed” LGBT families. And still more and more children are being born to single mothers as well.
These changes have led to complex webs of family relationships that influence the form and content of relationships. The emergence of dual careers and bi-income marriages also changed domestic arrangements. As the form of family moves in our laws and at times people go through these kinds of transitions, they need a family attorney who understands the changes and is skilled in legal maneuvers. Family attorneys need to understand the laws in your state.
They can explain the difference between customary marriage, civil unions, household partnerships, and cohabitation and the legal ramifications of each of these.
A family lawyer can help before, during and during the marriage and during its dissolution. This often includes preparing a document that protects both sides in the event of a separation.
Most family law cases involve a life-changing process and deserve careful planning and implementation. Your choice of attorney will play an important role in how your case is handled and the fairness of the end result.
Family lawyers deal with very personal and emotional matters. Divorce, child custody, division of assets, adoption, surrogacy, legality issues, property disputes – all of these can be very traumatic events. Many of these issues are sensitive in nature and tend to end in an ugly way. Being represented by a skilled attorney can mean the difference between weeks of frustration or a faster resolution.
It is important to find a lawyer who understands how to mediate in an emotionally charged environment. This means that your attorney needs to understand the emotional and psychological costs as well as the financial costs of a divorce or any custody case. You also need a lawyer who shares your values and is empathetic enough to understand the complexities of your particular case.
Family lawyers also need to understand the children and how the new situation will affect them. Passionate advocacy does not always work when young people are involved. Sometimes parents have to make compromises for the sake of their children’s welfare.