Family law is complex and encompasses many different types of legal cases. It focuses on issues that involve family relationships and involves both cases that occur in a courtroom and cases that can be handled through negotiations. The types of cases that fall under this category of law are:
One commonality between all these cases is the difficulty of navigating the legal system while also dealing with any related emotions and trauma. Even if the case is full of happy emotions, like with adoption, ensuring the process is done right is not easy. The best course of action in any family law case is to find an attorney who can help you resolve your case.
Three statistics offer insight into how much the legal environment has changed since the 1980s. First, most children do not live in “traditional” households. Perhaps one or both parents has been married before, they live with stepsiblings, or a single parent is the head of household. Second, the number of single father/children households has increased dramatically. This change indicates that more Howard County judges have completely done away with the “tender years” doctrine which always gave mothers superior child custody rights. Finally, the number of divorces for people over 50 has tripled since 1990. These marriage dissolutions involve highly-complex property division issues.
At the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, our Columbia family lawyers have witnessed these changes firsthand. We understand how the current legal, economic, and emotional environment affects your family. We do more than react to changing trends. We proactively work with them to help ensure the best possible outcome under the circumstances.
The marriage rate has fallen in recent years, but the reconstituted family is still a main component in society. So, divorce is the most common family law procedure. Legal separation is an option in some cases. These couples remain legally married but live apart. A legal separation provides an alternative to divorce if the parties are not ready for a divorce or are opposed to it for religious, moral, or financial reasons. But in most cases, divorce fully resolves all issues, including:
Only subsequent remarriage can reverse the status determination. But the other three may be modified based on changed circumstances.
As mentioned, most children do not live with two parents who are both on their first marriage and their pure biological children. Some situations include:
Except for status issues, most of these decisions may be legally modified later based on a substantial change in relevant circumstances.
Family law matters are extremely personal and important, so the choice of attorney should not be taken lightly. Luckily, there are qualities that you can look for in attorneys to help guide your choice and ensure that it is not left to chance.
The attorneys and support staff at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, were carefully chosen to have all these important qualities, in addition to other strong qualities like professionalism, legal knowledge, and efficiency.
In some family law cases, it is possible to find the forms online and file them yourself without the assistance of an attorney. You can technically see these cases through without consulting with an attorney, and you may be tempted to save on the costs of one. However, there are severe drawbacks to handling your family law case in this manner.
The court does not have a vested interest in ensuring your case is handled carefully and thoroughly. The court system will hear many cases each day and will not have much tolerance for forms that are filled out incorrectly or are not filed on time. Even a checkmark in the wrong place can delay the process, making your situation drag out longer than it needs to.
A lawyer can also provide an outside perspective, not emotionally affected by the case. Their logical mind can provide creative solutions to any issues that may arise because they have degrees of separation that help them be objective about the case. Furthermore, attorneys have years of experience working within the legal system, and there are many that will have experience in your type of case. Although it is likely the first time you have dealt with an adoption, divorce, or other family law issue, it will not be an attorney’s first time. Their knowledge and experience can make your case run more smoothly and ultimately resolve faster and more favorably.
Their advice and guidance can especially help with reducing your fears and anxiety while the case is progressing. There are many unknowns as you navigate the legal system. Hiring a competent family law attorney can help shed light on those unknowns before they become an issue.
Modern family law covers a number of diverse issues and circumstances. Each type of case will have its own nuances and issues that must be addressed for a favorable outcome. With over 20 years of experience in many different areas of law, our team is ready to assist you through your family law case. The wide range of legal experience in our full-service law firm can help ensure that we have familiarity with and solutions for whatever issues your case may bring. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Columbia, contact the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA. We routinely handle matters in Howard County and nearby jurisdictions.
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