Family Law – An Overview

The scene is all too common; there are fights over custody, investments, holiday homes and anything else that binds man and wife together through their courtship. A lawyer for the family typically comes next. It’s no surprise that keeping divorce proceedings moving promptly and with respect requires some outside assistance. Here are the three main reasons you might want to consider a family law attorney before divorce proceedings. More about the author

Child Custody

When, during your marriage, you and your partner had babies, you probably considered their plight several times before divorcing. Where are they going to live for ever? How often do we turn guests to? How are we going to split the expenses? To address these questions and concerns, a family law attorney will make these decisions even simpler by presenting their years of expertise in this area.

The custody decisions can be made in two ways, depending on the level of respect and communication between the couple going through the split. Either the parents come to an agreement as a result of informal settlement negotiations (typically with the lawyers present) or options for dispute resolution such as mediation. If none of these options work, then the court will decide. Generally, it is best for the children that adults will come together to make choices before taking the matter to trial with the help of an experienced lawyer.

Property ownership

Usually invest in property together when couples get married first. Lots of different factors play a role in how the assets are split up when it comes to dividing this property. Many jurisdictions use the “common law” property schemes, which is something a prosecutor would have much greater expertise with addressing. Your past documentation such as the deed, registration or any other title paper will be required. If both of the signatures are on the papers so half and half of the land can be divided. Otherwise things get a little more complicated, especially when there’s a prenup involved. This is where a family lawyer will step over when concerned about how land will be divided into a pair.

Bank Accounts

This comes as no surprise that most couples share a bank account in some manner. During the union, certain spouses retain individual bank accounts, but these assets may also be open to review during a divorce based on the employment status of both parties in the connection. Many couples find it difficult to figure out who is entitled to what, especially if one spouse stayed at home from work to raise children during the marriage, or if one spouse ran a lot of credit card debt without their other half knowing about this. It is here that a family lawyer comes in and assumes the reigns to guarantee that your best interests are safeguarded.