If you and your partner are ending your marriage, you've probably already given thought to…
If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, you're probably looking at divorce attorneys. But what if you need more than a divorce - what if your case includes child custody and child support?
For co-parents who aren't married but need representation for issues related to child custody and support, who do they work with? These issues are actually more suited to a family law attorney, and to provide a bit more insight, we're breaking down exactly what family law is, the services included, and how to decide between family law or a divorce attorney.
What Is Family Law?
Family law is a broad legal practice area that focuses on family and relationship issues. Thus, a family law attorney will represent or work with clients who need legal counsel in issues related to divorce, custody, and support as well as assist with drafting legal documents and act as mediators between two parties to help them come to agreements.
5 Services a Family Law Attorney Provide
We are frequently asked about the services we provide related to family law. Our clients can rely on us for a wide variety of assistance, including, but certainly not limited to the following:
Divorce is an aspect of family law, as it's the dissolution of a marriage contract. We represent clients during divorce, as well as ensuring our clients have their rights protected in issues related to:
- Property distribution
- Spousal support
- Child custody
- Child support
Child Custody and Support
For couples who aren't married and would like a formal custody or support arrangement, a family law attorney will represent them in family court or draft a consent order. For couples who have already divorced but would like to update or adjust existing arrangements, we also provide this service.
Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
A couple can protect the assets and property they bring to their marriage through a pre-nuptial agreement. However, child custody and support aren't allowed until the couple is already married, so we can also draft post-nuptial agreements to outline these arrangements as well as protect assets formed during a marriage, such as a business.
Additional Family Legal Services
- Emancipation of minors
- Restraining orders
- Grandparents' Rights
- Separation agreements
As you can see, anything related to family legal matters falls under the domain of a family law attorney.
Choosing a Divorce or Family Law Attorney
There's no question that there is a great deal of overlap between a divorce attorney and a family law attorney. However, divorce is just a fraction of family law, and many divorce attorneys will only work with you through the dissolution of your marriage. On the other hand, a family law attorney provides representation during a divorce, as well as ongoing issues related to child support, custody, and spousal support.
Also, for people who are not married, a family law attorney can provide mediation between two co-parents or representation in cases of paternal rights, grandparents' rights, and other issues. Basically, divorce is an aspect of family law, so if you need services beyond the dissolution of your marriage, it would be beneficial to choose a family law attorney
Schedule a Consultation with a Family Law Attorney in Raleigh Today
If you're considering divorce, having problems with an existing child custody or support arrangement, or have another type of legal issue related to your family, we can help. We are an award-winning family law firm with a great deal of experience and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals for your family. Schedule a consultation with a member of our team today by calling (919) 301-8843 or filling out the contact form below to get started.
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