Making Sure Your Child Custody Arrangement Is Fair and Practical
When you divorce or separate from your child’s other parent, you’ll need to build an effective child custody plan that ensures your child’s welfare and respects your right to parent. Unfortunately, child custody is one of the most difficult issues that arises during a divorce. Disputes are common, especially if there has been an issue of domestic violence or the parents disagree about the child’s best interests.
When you work with an Albany NY family law attorney at The Colwell Law Group, PLLC, we aim to resolve child custody issues fairly and quickly. We believe that aggressive advocacy and thoughtful planning can ease your child’s transition and protect them during this complicated time. We also assist clients when they need to modify existing child custody orders and agreements.
Easing Tensions With Collaborative Divorce
Whether you’re divorcing your child’s parent or simply want an amicable divorce, collaborative divorce is a new and powerful way to end your marriage. A new and revolutionary form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the divorcing spouses work together with help from their family law attorneys to negotiate property distribution, child custody, and support payments. For some, it is faster and less expensive than a traditional divorce, and spares your children and loved ones from a courtroom battle.
When you work with a family law attorney at The Colwell Law Group, we take time to understand your unique situation and priorities. Then, we will work with you to craft a divorce strategy that may include alternative dispute resolution and collaborative divorce. For more information about the process and the benefits of ADR, contact our office.
Protecting You and Your Loved Ones From Domestic Violence
At The Colwell Law Group, your safety is a top priority. If you are in imminent danger, call 911 before you contact our office. When law enforcement arrives at the scene, cooperate with their investigation and file charges if it’s appropriate.
A family law attorney can help you obtain protective orders that:
- Prohibit your abuser from contacting either you or your children
- Make your abuser move out of your home
- Prevent them from legally possessing a gun or firearm
We can also help you start the process of rebuilding your life. This may involve a divorce, child custody issues, and support payments. Our Albany NY family law attorneys are passionate advocates for domestic violence victims and can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from further harm.
Enforcing and Modifying Family Court Orders
As your circumstances change and your child’s needs change, your family might outgrow its existing child custody, child support, alimony, and other court orders. This is common in the following situations:
- Parent moves out-of-state for work or personal reasons
- Child is diagnosed with special needs or develops special talents
- Parent’s ability to care for child changes, due to new work or educational opportunities
- One of the parents remarries or decides to cohabitate with their significant other
- Custody order is no longer age-appropriate
- Former spouse’s wage earning capacity changes dramatically
- Former spouse or partner becomes disabled and can no longer meet their support obligations
To modify or terminate a court order, it’s always best to consult with a family law attorney. If you decide to simply ignore the order, you could face serious penalties.
We help our clients negotiate with the former spouses and partners, building new plans that are practical and fair. If you need help changing an existing court order, contact us for a no-risk consultation. We also assist clients with enforcement actions and do our best to hold parents and former spouses accountable for their violations.
Crafting Prenuptial Agreements That Protect Your Assets
Think you don’t need a prenuptial agreement? Think again. Whether you’re just starting out in life or are well-established and have significant assets, a nuptial agreement can help protect your assets and help you avoid liability for your spouse’s existing debt. We help our clients negotiate pre and postnuptial agreements that are legally binding, thoughtful, and practical. We also assist clients with postnuptial agreements, which couples enter into after their wedding.
To learn more about nuptial agreements, contact a family law attorney at our office today. We can help you understand the advantages to a prenuptial agreement or postnuptial and our approach to these important legal documents. As always, nuptial agreement consultations are confidential.
Helping You Protect Your Future, Your Rights & Your Loved Ones
Every family and every situation is different. For that reason, before we take a case we take the time to get to know each potential client. We strive to understand their present situation and how and why they wish their situation to improve in the future. It is from that place that we can then offer strategies and options to achieve those future results.
In addition to our compassionate advice and aggressive litigation strategies, we will also impress you with our attention to detail. Whether we’re identifying marital assets, applying the child support guidelines, or identifying creative ways to resolve your divorce out of court, we use our extensive knowledge and resources to advance our clients’ best interests.
Request a Consultation With an Albany NY Family Law Attorney
If you have questions or concerns about a New York family law issue, contact an experienced Albany family law attorney at The Colwell Law Group, PLLC today. Our lawyers have extensive experience before the Greater Capital Region’s family courts, and pride themselves on their compassionate advice and tenacious advocacy.
There is no time like the present for you to take ACTION to improve your situation for yourself and for your family. Act NOW to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our lawyers about your case. Call us now at 518-462-4242 to schedule your consultation.