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A contested divorce simply means that that the parties do not agree on everything. That may mean that one party does not want the divorce at all. It might mean that they agree to everything except for child custody or some other issue. Most divorces start off contested
because, if people could get along and agree on everything, they probably would not be getting divorced in the first place. That being said, many cases will still wind up settling before a final hearing in front of a judge is actually necessary.
If your case is contested, it is important to have a skilled family law attorney protecting your rights and looking out for your best interest. In many contested cases, our jobs are to help our clients get protection from abusive partners, narcissistic, controlling spouses, and jealous exes. A contested case is not something to be scared of when you have the right advocate on your side helping to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe and that you get your fair share.
An uncontested divorce is available to those who have reached an agreement on all issues. Everyone is on board, cooperative and there are no undecided issues. If you and your partner have reached this point, we can get all of the necessary paperwork together for you and walk you through the process. This way you will make sure that it is done right the first time.
With the increase in blended families, wealth of the baby-boomer generation, and the current divorce rate, protection of assets regarding marital rights is increasingly relevant for attorneys who practice in the areas of not only family and divorce law, but estate planning attorneys as well. A valid prenuptial ( also known as an ante-nuptial) agreement can be a vital part of a comprehensive estate plan, as well as an effective sword and shield in a divorce. In order to ensure its enforceability, such agreements must be meticulously prepared by attorneys who not only draft them, but are also tasked with defending them when a divorce occurs.
Sometimes people come into large amounts of money after a wedding. Sometimes a couple breaks up, reconciles, and decides they want to protect or allocate their property in the event of another break up. In those types of situations it is often advisable to consider a post-nuptial agreement. A post-nuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement, except it is executed after the parties are already married. Post-nuptial agreements can be even trickier to properly draft a prepare than a prenuptial agreement for various legal reasons. Therefore, you want to make sure that you have the proper legal assistance on your side.
Let’s face it, divorce is terrible no matter what the circumstances. Kentucky and Illinois now have systems of “no-fault divorce,” but that does not really make it any easier for those people going through it. You often feel like you are standing on the edge of a cliff looking down into blackness while some unseen force is pushing you ever closer to the edge. We are here to help guide you through the process with our decades of experience to help you build a bridge to a new life. We will give you a fresh start without starting over.
Is anything more precious to you than your child’s wellbeing? Then why trust your child’s future to someone who only handles child custody litigation on a “part-time” basis? We have reunited parents wrongfully separated from their children, protected children from unfit parents, and helped to ensure those children have a brighter tomorrow. Our attorneys regularly go above and beyond for our clients and their children, like the time we helped get a disabled girl out of an abusive home and in the custody of her grandparents. We then helped to reunite her with her beloved puppy whom her abuser had given away. We have literally hundreds of such stories and it is what makes us proud of the work we do.
When it comes to child adoptions, many emotions come to surface. Excitement, nervousness, and confusion regarding the process may all be present. This time in your life should simply be a rewarding experience for you and your family. To keep it as simple and rewarding as possible, an attorney experienced in handling petitions for termination of parental rights & adoption is necessary.
To minimize the financial impact on children when parents live separately, state guidelines have been developed. These guidelines are in place so that no child goes without a higher standard of living that either parent might enjoy. Whether you need your support agreements to be created or altered, Alford Law can take care of it.
Family Law cases often involve a complicated assortment of interlaced issues. Navigating through any family law matter may unearth connected problems that only an experienced attorney can successfully process. How will assets be divided? How might your custody agreements be impacted? Attorneys that specifically specialize in these familial issues will be able to guide you and give you & your family the best possible outcome. At the Alford Law Office, Family Law is one of our main areas of expertise.