A Directory of Family Law Firms
While there are many family law firms that focus on divorce and related matters, family law covers a broad range of legal issues well beyond divorce. For any legal issue involving family matters, domestic relationships, or children, you would seek the advice of a family lawyer. Family lawyers do more than solve problems. They also help people plan and create beautiful, sound futures by assisting with matters such as adoption, prenuptial agreements, and estate planning.
Examples of the types of issues family law attorneys handle include:
- Common law marriage
- Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements
- Divorce/dissolution of marriage
- Child custody
- Child support
- Children’s rights
- Juvenile delinquency
- Adult guardianship
- Surrogacy and artificial conception
- Reproductive rights
- Foster care
- Elder law
- Estate planning
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse and neglect
- Marijuana and child custody
- Other matters involving your state’s child or adult protective services
Same-sex couples can face all of the family law issue listed above and more. The laws that apply to same-sex couples are rapidly changing. You need a family law attorney who has experience with the unique legal issues that affect you as well as a dedication to staying on top of the existing and upcoming changes at all times.
In addition to the topics above, same-sex couples turn to family law attorneys for help with issues such as:
- Domestic partnership
- Civil unions
- Enforcing federally-granted rights and benefits in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage
As the rights of same-sex couples rapidly evolve, many jurisdictions and individuals actively resist these changes and some are simply ignorant or confused about how the changes apply. A family law attorney can help you enforce your rights.
Modifying and Enforcing Orders
When relationships break down, court orders often follow, whether you were married or not. In divorce these can include child custody and support orders, spousal support, and property division orders. For couples who were never married, but had children, child custody and child support are the most common issues.
Just because the relationship has long-ended and the orders are in place does not mean your worries are over. It is very common for an ex to fail to comply with a court order and for the other party to need an attorney to help them in enforcing the order.
It is also very common for circumstances to change so much that one party needs to seek a modification of an order. Whether you are the one seeking the modification or fighting a modification, a family law attorney can help.
To find an experienced family law attorney in your area, please search our network of experienced family law firms today.