The Alexander law firm, LLC was designed with the client in mind. We strive to help our clients navigate the complex issues that stem from family based issues.  There are numerous issues that can come up when dealing with family law. Please contact us for a free consultation and let us help you move on with your life. We specialize in the following areas:

Divorce

Divorce, or dissolution of marriage, is a legal proceeding that ends a marriage. While emotions may run high, you and your spouse must reach a resolution on matters surrounding the division of property and debts, child custody, visitation (parenting time), and questions of spousal support and child support.

Divorce proceedings typically use one of four distinct conflict resolution processes: collaborative divorce; negotiated divorce settlements; divorce litigation; or divorce mediation. While divorces may be characterized as amicable or uncontested, these are not dispute resolution mechanisms within themselves. That is to say, an amicable divorce must still begin with the filing of a petition for dissolution of marriage and end with a judgment for dissolution of marriage.

While there are a variety of ways to settle a divorce, it is not necessary for a client to have a particular conflict resolution procedure in mind when beginning the divorce process. Many divorces borrow a little from collaborative law, negotiations, and litigation. An individual’s circumstances often dictate which approach he or she will use.  Your divorce attorney will be able to provide you with guidance.

Paternity

Paternity actions are usually the proper way to establish child custody between parties who are unmarried. The Alexander Law Firm, LLC finds that Paternity actions create a framework for both parents to raise their children. If you do not have a set of rules to resolve conflict between the parents then the family relationship will suffer.

Paternity actions are initiated to identify a child’s biological parent, typically the father. When one parent disputes the child’s parentage, a court will frequently order a paternity test. A person who is found to be a child’s parent has a right to have parenting time (or visitation) with the child and will also have the obligation to financially contribute to that child’s upbringing. Paternity actions typically lead to conflicts regarding who should have custody of the child, the amount of parenting time each parent should have, and appropriate support payments.

Child Support and Modification

Child support payments are payments made to a parent for the purposes of assisting that parent with the expense of raising the couple’s children. The Jurisdiction has specific guidelines for child support and its payment. Child support is based on numerous factors, including the number of children of the marriage, each party’s net income and assets, and the needs of the children. However, there are numerous instances where an application of the formula would provide for support payments beyond or below what a child needs.

Child support typically lasts until the minor child graduates from high school or turns Eighteen, whichever occurs last. Child support is always subject to modification and can be increased or decreased depending on a substantial change in circumstances.

In many instances, failure to pay child support may result in a finding of contempt, with a possibility of a jail sentence. If a current child support order is beyond the payor’s means, he or she should consult with an attorney and modify the child support order. The child support order will not be modified by itself and insufficient income will not necessarily excuse failure to adhere to a court order.

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