Family law encompasses a wide variety of issues that affect familial relationships. Many of these issues are very personal and can be very emotionally challenging. No matter which type of family law issue you are facing, you may want to consult a Wake Forest family lawyer to get legal guidance.
A knowledgeable family lawyer may be able to answer your questions, give you legal advice, and provide support through some of life’s most challenging times. Family issues are difficult but the lawyers at Triangle Divorce are here to help.
Family law deals with legal matters that affect parents, children, spouses, and other relatives. Some specific reasons someone may wish to consult a Wake Forest family lawyer include:
One of the most common reasons someone might contact a family law attorney is because they are getting a divorce. Divorce is the legal process of terminating a marriage. It is recommended that anyone going through a divorce seek legal guidance since this process also requires plans for extremely important issues such as division of property, alimony, child custody, and child support.
The effect of the absolute divorce is that all property and spousal support claims are settled, and no later claims may be filed for these issues. Preserving these rights is imperative in order to protect your share of the marital assets and secure financial support. A Wake Forest family attorney may be able to help you get the best possible outcome and put you in a better position after a divorce so that you can begin moving forward with your life.
While many people first contact an attorney when they are actively involved in a divorce it is wise to consider the possibility of a divorce even before marriage. Some couples consult an attorney prior to or shortly after marriage to enter into a marital agreement. An agreement entered into prior to marriage is called a prenuptial agreement and an agreement entered into after marriage is a postnuptial agreement.
These agreements address issues such as property division, allocation of debt, and spousal support and create plans that the parties can enact if they do end the marriage. Having a marital agreement can make for a smoother process if the couple does eventually divorce.
Child custody, visitation, and child support are all common family law issues that affect children. These issues may be addressed during a separation and divorce, but they can also be issues between parents that were never married.
Child custody includes both legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. These decisions may include medical decisions, decisions affecting the child’s education, and the child’s religious upbringing. Physical custody refers to who the child lives with on a day-to-day basis or the specific overnights for each parent. Visitation generally refers to the scheduled time for the non-custodial parent to spend with the child. Custody and visitation issues are decided based on the best interests of the child. The best interests of the child are the determination that the court arrives at when considering and weighing the evidence to decide custody and visitation issues.
Child Support is the financial support that a non-custodial parent pays to a custodial parent to help with the financial cost of caring for the child. Child support may be filed as part of a divorce or may be a separate action. Child support becomes more complex if a parent is self-employed. Child support amounts vary but are typically calculated based on the incomes of both parents and specific costs of the child such a work-related childcare and health insurance.
Some of the most common family legal issues involve marriage, divorce, custody, and child support. A family lawyer may also be able to assist with a variety of other issues such as adoption and reproductive rights.
No matter what type of family law issue you are facing a Wake Forest family lawyer may be able to help. Contact Triangle Divorce Lawyers today to find out how our family lawyers may be able to help you.