Olathe Family Law Attorney
What does family law encompass?
Family law is an extensive subject involving matters relating to the family and different aspects of family relations. Legal assistance can be incredibly helpful, as such matters are of prime importance in an individual's life. When you need to address an issue relating to your marital status, children, financial matters or other vital aspects of your life, quality representation is a must. An Olathe divorce lawyer who is sensitive to your situation and understands your goals and priorities could work with you in pursuit of a resolution to your problem. Family law covers such subjects as:
The Divorce Process
Divorce is a complex process with many steps. In order to obtain the best possible results, hire a capable divorce attorney right away.
You have options regarding divorce, so be sure to consult with a qualified divorce lawyer before taking action. With excellent counsel, you could obtain the best possible settlement.
A legal dissolution of marriage can only be obtained upon certain grounds, or with the consent of both parties. The process can be handled in court through litigation, or via collaborative law.
If both parties are able to agree on the terms of their settlement and negotiate the terms outside of court, collaborative divorce is a much more favorable course of action.
An alternative to divorce is legal separation, which allows the spouses to live their own separate lives while still maintaining the benefits of marriage in the United States.
When it comes to dividing property between the two parties, things can become difficult. Litigation may be necessary in a contested case, or the spouses could negotiate on their own through collaboration.
Property Division when Unmarried
Many couples cohabitate without actually being married. Should they decide to separate, equitable division of property can still be negotiated or pursued in court.
Oftentimes, one spouse depends heavily on the other for financial support. This is why the supporting spouse may be required to make monthly payments to the other spouse after a divorce, either for a definite time or until the recipient spouse is able to obtain work and support themselves.
There are two types of child custody and two categories: physical and legal, sole and joint. Both parents could share joint physical and/or legal custody, or one parent could be granted sole and/or legal custody.
After a divorce, a child still deserves to be cared for and supported by both parents. This is why one parent – often the noncustodial parent – may be required to make monthly payments for their care, health and education.
Enforcement of Child Support
Child support can be enforced under Kansas state law, usually by withholding wages until the delinquent support payments are covered.
Child Support Modification
Due to serious changes in circumstance, a modification may need to be made in a child support order. One example would be job loss, where the supporting parent no longer has sufficient income.
Custody & Visitation Modification
In some cases, it may be necessary to modify court orders for custody or visitation. There must be a significant change in circumstance, such as abuse or loss of income on behalf of the custodial parent.
Having your paternity acknowledged and legally established can ensure that you are granted the rights you deserve as a father regarding your children.
In divorce cases, you have rights as a father, including rights to custody, support and visitation. Your rights are equal to those of the mother, so fight for your rights today with the help of a divorce lawyer.
As grandparents, it is wise to obtain visitation rights after your son or daughter's divorce to ensure that you can remain a part of your grandchildren's lives.
After a divorce, the court may grant an order for a noncustodial parent, grandparents, or even third parties to have the right to visit a child.
Enforcement of Visitation
Visitation rights are court orders, which means they are enforceable under Kansas state law. Speak with a divorce attorney today to fight for your visitation rights.
When a custodial parent desires to relocate with their child, they must follow certain procedures, including notifying the other parent of their intentions at least 30 days in advance.
Competent & Compassionate Legal Counsel
At Martin & Wallentine, we offer a free consultation so that we may meet with you and understand what you are trying to achieve. We could then determine how we may be able to help and answer any questions you may have. Our firm could devise a strategic plan for your case and pursue it energetically throughout the process.
Many issues can be settled with minimal involvement of the court, save the ratification of agreements already reached. In some cases, however, heavy litigation is required, in which case we will aggressively fight for your rights in the courtroom. We are sensitive to the fact that matters relating to your family are personal issues, and we will always treat you with the utmost respect. We also understand that addressing these issues can be very difficult for you and will seek to make the process as painless as possible.
Contact a Kansas City family law attorney for legal assistance with matters relating to your marriage, children and financial agreements. We would love to review your options with you and help you make an educated decision.