Do I Need a Family Law Attorney

Do i need a family law attorney?

At Farkas & Crowley PA, our family law attorney understands that when the need for a legal professional arises it is often a time of uncertainty and apprehension in one’s life. Family law matters, in particular, deal with some of the most intimate relationships which can cause a great deal of stress to an individual and family. For this reason, having a legal team you can trust to handle the range of complex legal issues that family law cases involve is of the utmost importance.

Our team is ready and willing to help navigate these trying times by your side. We endeavor to reach the most amicable resolution when appropriate, but are poised to address conflict and fight for your rights when the situation necessitates. Some of the various family law practice areas that our firm specializes in includes:

Parenting Decisions & Issues

Property Division



Domestic Violence

Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements

Asset Division & Equitable Distribution

Modifications of Existing Orders & Plans

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Advice From a Family Law Lawyer

If you are currently going through a divorce, then there’s a strong chance you could use some advice from a family law lawyer on how to make your divorce more smooth and successful. Your lawyer can give you advice based on your individual circumstances, however, here are some tips to get you started:

If it’s appropriate to do so, have a thoughtful talk with your spouse with the understanding you both want to get through this time as unwounded as possible. But to achieve that, you will have to agree to being cooperative to some degree. You don’t have to give in to everything your ex wants, but it will make it easier to negotiate if you are feeling at war against the other.

Divorce will be emotional, there is no doubt about that. But, if you keep the perspective of divorce being a legal one, you are less likely to be affected deeply by each step or decision made. Your attorney for family law cases understands that you will likely be grieving the loss of your marriage, and they can handle the legal side of things, so you can take care of yourself.

Do not speak ill of your spouse in the presence of your children, no matter how angry they make you. Venting to your children about your spouse will only cause more emotional pain than needed, so never attempt to force your kids to take sides. Divorce is a delicate time for all family members, and your children will be going through numerous changes along with you.

If you partake in inflicting revenge against your spouse, it will likely be used against you by his or her legal team. This is especially true in terms of child-related negotiations, as a judge who hears you are acting recklessly may worry that you are not stable enough to tend to matters of your children. If your spouse is being purposefully hurtful or uncooperative, then recruit your lawyer for intervention.

As your lawyer takes care of legalities, you must try to nourish your emotional wellbeing. Even in the most cordial divorces, there is likely to be an emotional rollercoaster experienced by both sides. Spend time doing things you enjoy, and find a therapist if you need extra support.

Mothers or fathers may have to pay child support to the custodial parent so that the needs of the child are being met. In general, the law necessitates that the parent paying child support keeps doing so until these circumstances apply:

  • Parental rights have been termination through a legal process
  • Minor child has declared legal emancipation by the court
  • Child is no longer a minor (the exception being if they have special needs or are still in school)
  • Child becomes a member of the active duty military (applies to many states but not all, so you may have to submit a motion to the court)

Each parent has a duty to his or her child to care for them, and that includes financially. When divorce happens and one parent is granted physical custody, their responsibility has been fulfilled as the custodial parent. That means the other parent is likely to have to pay for child support as a way to maintain their parental duties.

In instances of joint custody, the amount paid in child support by each parent is usually determined by the court, considering what percentage both parents are contributing to joint income, in addition to time spent with children.

The obligation to financially support a child is not a condition of marriage. So if you are a parent, then you have a duty to them. Responsibilities are legally determined in two ways, either that your parentage was established through a paternity test, or that you are welcoming the child as your own and caring for them as the parent. But, state laws do vary on what the definition of a parent is, so if you have doubts or questions, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible.

Every state is required by law on the federal level to create guidelines which are used to calculate child support payments for parents. These numbers are often based on income and expenses. Judges are allowed broad discretion in setting payment amounts, so you must have a lawyer to assist you in preparing for hearings.

Depending on the situation and the judge handling the case, child support payments are not changed unless the parent’s income has changed after remarrying, the child has different needs than when the amount was set, and/or either parent has had a job change which impacts their ability to pay.

Call Farkas & Crowley, P.A. Now

Issues related to family law, such as divorce, child custody, and alimony can be difficult to navigate without assistance from a reputable lawyer who understands the nuances of family matters. To get started with a free consultation and learn more about how our team can help you, call a family law attorney from Farkas & Crowley, P.A. now by dialing (561)-444-9529.

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