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Family law is a complex area of law. Because it deals with family relationships, it tends to be more emotionally charged than other legal areas.

Every family law case is unique. It is useless to try to compare your case to a friend or relative’s family law case because your circumstances are different from theirs. Circumstances and individual needs play a much larger role in family law than they do in other legal areas, which is why there are so few “one size fits all” answers to questions individuals facing family law issues have.

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Family Law Case Types we Handle

Our team works with individuals and families facing a variety of legal issues. Cases we handle include:

  • Divorce;
  • Establishing paternity;
  • Grandparents’ rights;
  • The creation, enforcement, and modification of child support orders;
  • The creation, enforcement, and modification of spousal support orders;
  • Domestic violence and orders of protection;
  • Child abuse and neglect investigations;
  • The creation, enforcement, and modification of child custody and visitation orders;
  • Prenuptial agreements;
  • Separation agreements; and
  • Family offense proceedings.

It is quite common for an individual to be facing two or more of these issues at once. When you are in this position, work with a lawyer who has experience handling both.

How Family Law Differs from Other Legal Areas

Family law is different from other areas of the law. Criminal law and certain areas of civil law, like real estate and business law, tend to be fairly “black and white.” These legal areas have specific procedures that must be followed and often, a cut-and-dry approach to ruling on cases. Family law is different. Family law often deals with managing family relationships and often, delicate decisions have to be made to determine rulings that are fair to divorced partners and support their children’s best interests.

Creating family law orders requires the court to carefully consider all the evidence presented, the histories of the parties involved in a case, and those parties’ future needs. For example, to divide a divorcing couple’s marital assets equitably, the court must look beyond the couple’s current incomes and needs and determine how best to suit their future needs. Long-term considerations to make can include the tax burdens of each of their assets and each partner’s future earning capacity. For a child custody order, the court must determine how best to promote a consistent relationship between the child and both parents while maintaining an environment where the child’s physical, medical, emotional, psychological, and academic needs are met.

Work with an Experienced Schoharie County Family Lawyer

When you are facing a family law issue like divorce or having to modify an existing child custody order, work with a family lawyer who is not just familiar with New York’s applicable laws, but has the compassion and drive to handle your case with the care it needs. Contact our team at The Colwell Law Group today to set up your confidential legal consultation with us.

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