Yuma, AZ – Family lawyers handle several different kinds of issues for their clients. While most people associate family law with divorces, there are many other cases that regularly end up in family court. These include child custody hearings, child support determinations, alimony issues, adoption cases, domestic violence, guardianship, and issues related to paternity tests. Some family lawyers may focus their practice on all of these different kinds of disputes, while others may dedicate their time to just a few specific areas. An overview of the most common issues family lawyers deal with is helpful to demonstrate how their services are useful.
Ending a marriage
When a couple has decided to go their separate ways, they should each get their own attorney. Their lawyer will handle the formalities of filing the divorce case and responding to the other spouse’s allegations. There are also important disputes related to things like property division and child custody in each case. A person who goes through this process unrepresented has a much higher chance of having an unfavorable outcome, such as losing custody time or having to make large alimony payments for years.
Child custody hearings
If two parents have recently had a divorce, paternity test, or other issues where custody time will be split, legal representation is important at this time as well. The judge will look at factors related to the best interests of the child to see which parent will receive the majority of custody time. A family attorney can help present evidence that their client can meet the best interests of the child. This usually includes things like paying for education, healthcare, childcare costs, and investing in building a relationship. The parent with less custody time will likely have to make support payments to the other parent as well.
Alimony is a serious commitment that helps a spouse with less earning potential maintain their standard of living after a divorce. If someone is having issues with making their alimony payments, it can be beneficial to have them modified. However, there needs to be a formal process before the judge is assigned to the alimony case before the judge will approve a new payment amount. The conditions for modification can include things like a job loss, increases in income, or the spouse receiving the payments remarrying or cohabitation with another person.
Arizona family lawyers
Schneider and Onofry is a firm that works with clients who have family law issues in the Yuma area. Anyone who needs assistance with the process for divorce, child custody and support, or alimony can get in touch with their attorneys to schedule a meeting.
Firm contact info:
207 W. 2nd St., Yuma AZ 85364