When it comes to matters of family, it can be helpful to have an attorney on-call. Family law attorneys handle divorce and custody issues, as well as estates and wills, and prenuptial agreements.
#1 Prenuptial Agreement
Before you get married, it can be helpful to have a prenuptial agreement in place. Prenuptial agreements are not just for the wealthy. They are for anyone who is getting married and wants to help protect their assets in the event of a divorce.
If you have children from a previous marriage, you can use a prenuptial agreement to ensure that your property is passed onto your children instead of to your spouse in the event of your death. With a prenuptial agreement, you can help protect your spouse from your debt if either of you comes into the marriage with substantial debt. You can use the agreement to determine how property and income would be taken care of in the event of a divorce.
A prenuptial agreement is great for anyone getting married who has already built up assets in life, regardless of your overall status of wealth.
#2 Estates & Wills
A family lawyer can also help you and your spouse set up your estate and wills. They can help you create a draft of all your end-of-life documents, from your power of attorney to a living will to your actual will and estate plan. Planning for the end of your life requires a wide range of documents. This is something all adults should have set-up. Also, it is important to keep in mind that these documents are not static documents. They will need to be changed and updated as your life changes, which is why it is best to have an ongoing relationship with a family law attorney.
#3 Divorce & Custody Issues
Divorce and custody issues are some of the type of work most commonly handled by family law attorneys. A family attorney can handle all types of divorce, for those who were only married for two months to those who have been married for decades. They can handle divorces where you want to fight things out in court, and they can handle divorces where you want to easily split things up and move forward.
A family attorney can help with all your custody issues as well. Child custody issues can continue to be an issue long after your divorce is over. Small and big issues can come up that a family lawyer can help you work through. They can help you go back to court to change the custody agreement, or they can help you settle disputes with your spouse over issues with your children without going back to court.
Family law attorneys help with all aspects of family life, from divorce and child custody agreements to establishing estates and wills to drafting prenuptial agreements before you get married. They can also help navigate issues that come up within families that require legal representation as well. If you are not sure if a family law attorney can help you with your issue, give them a call, set-up a consultation, and see what they have to say.