Top Signs You Need to Hire a Family Lawyer

Top Signs You Need to Hire a Family Lawyer

October 21, 2021

Family lawyers assist clients with a wide range of family-related issues. Any legal issues related to family matters and relationships, such as marriage, child custody, divorce and adoption, all require the assistance of an experienced family lawyer to guide the parties through the case.

If you are uncertain whether you need a family law attorney, here are a few circumstances in which you should seek legal assistance from one:

  • You want to create a prenup: Not everyone who is preparing to get married needs to retain an attorney, but if you have a large number of assets or complications related to your estate before you get married, it can be a good idea to create a prenuptial agreement. This agreement will dictate how you will divide your wealth and debts should the marriage end in divorce. This is particularly useful if there is a large wealth imbalance between the spouses, or if either of you have dependents from prior marriages.
  • You’re getting divorced: The largest practice area for family lawyers is divorce law. Divorce cases can become quite complex, and depending on the circumstances of the divorce, it may be difficult for a spouse to reach an agreement that is in their best interest without the assistance of an attorney. Family lawyers will work with you to try to reach a resolution out of court before going to litigation as a last-ditch effort to advocate for your rights.
  • You have a child custody conflict: Custody battles are frequently a part of divorce cases or follow closely on their heels, but there may also be cases in which you fight for custody against other family members, the state or child protective services. Attorneys practicing family law work with their clients to prove they are able to support the child and secure their future. They will also advocate for parental rights, such as visitation and joint custody.
  • You’re preparing to file for adoption: The adoption process is long and strenuous, and involves filing a great deal of paperwork with the proper authorities. It takes a lot of work and a lot of knowledge of the system to get through the process as efficiently as possible. It’s to your advantage to seek the assistance of a family law attorney, who will be able to diligently guide you through a process that might otherwise be impossible (or at least extremely challenging) to navigate.
  • You’re forming a civil union: Civil unions and domestic partnerships are state-recognized unions that are very similar to marriage, but essentially with a different term and some slight (but important) differences. The details of domestic partnerships can vary from state to state, but they provide people with partnership rights that are protected in much the same way as matrimonial rights. It is important to work with an attorney when forming a civil union to make sure these protections are intact.

For more information about when to seek the assistance of an attorney who specializes in family law, contact the Law Office of Rob Biggers today.

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