Family law focuses on issues that involve any kind of family relationship. Vamvoras Antoon Attorneys at Law can help you work through adoptions, divorce, child custody and much more. Our attorneys can also assist you in drafting important legal documents such as court petitions, property agreements, emancipation or a variety of other matters that aren’t always related to divorce.
Here are a few reasons you might need a family law attorney:
- Divorce: Each partner hires their own attorney, who will help create a settlement plan in order to avoid a trial. Divorce attorneys typically are skilled at dividing marital property, calculating spousal support, and proposing a plan for child custody, visitation, and support (if applicable).
- Child Custody / Child Support: Court orders and settlement agreements involving both custody and support usually are included in the larger divorce case, but may be revisited as conditions change. For instance, child support may be altered after the non-custodial parent’s financial situation changes.
- Paternity: In most cases, paternity cases are filed by the mother in an effort to secure child support payments from an absent father. But sometimes biological fathers file for paternity in order to have a relationship with their child. Paternity typically is determined through DNA testing.
- Adoption / Foster Care: Adoption is a complex process that differs according to the type of adoption, where the child is from, variances in state laws, and other factors. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a family law attorney. Foster parents sometimes adopt their foster children, but the foster process does not necessarily require legal representation.