When your family-life takes an unexpected turn, we are here for the next steps.
Everyone involved in a family that is going through changes is under a lot of stress. One way to reduce the stress of a family issue is to hire a qualified attorney from our firm to handle it from start to finish. While the our attorneys will need to obtain information from you, our team will handle practically all of the rest, giving you more time to focus on yourself and your family. Masri Law has represented numerous clients in family law cases and understands that each relationship is unique and must be handled as such.
Which is arguably one of the most challenging situations to experience. Recent studies show that such a split can have devastating and long-lasting impacts on our health and our overall lives. In addition to the emotional toll, there are also financial consequences to consider. You may find yourself navigating both a broken heart and heated arguments over who gets what. The entire divorce process is likely a lot more complex than you thought. All of that said, when you retain Masri Law Group, you can rest in the knowledge that your attorney is both compassionate and skilled at handling these complicated cases, both in and out of the courtroom. What sets us apart from other law offices is our attention to detail during this process and our unparalleled empathy for your experience. You’ll be met with deep listening and understanding as we craft a divorce strategy to secure your best possible outcome. Whether your case is settled through mediation or goes to trial, we will provide you with the support you deserve so you can start a new chapter.
This is an option if both parties agree on all terms of the divorce. However, it is still a good idea to have a lawyer review the terms of your agreement to ensure that it accounts for your rights and interests. A good attorney will raise any critical issues you may have overseen.
If you and your former partner don’t want to litigate, you’d each hire a collaborative practice lawyer. Usually, both parties are required to sign a document that says if a deal cannot be reached outside the courtroom, they will have to hire new attorneys.
Such an agreement usually leads to an expedited settlement process.
A mediator is an advocate who assists both parties in setting their feelings aside so they can reach a settlement in a quick manner.
Another advantage of mediation is that it reduces unnecessary communication delays, since both spouses are present.
You may still choose to hire an attorney who will represent you during this process.
There are many instances when it makes the most sense to hire an attorney.
If you feel that your spouse is being dishonest or even vindictive, you’ll definitely want to seek additional counsel. If you’re facing financial difficulties as a result of the separation, or if kids are involved, hiring a lawyer is also a good idea.
If you’re still unsure, give us a call. We will support you in determining the best course of action.
When financial hardship is added into the mix, the process becomes even more burdensome. That’s why it’s critical to work with an attorney who can help you understand your rights when it comes to spousal support, or alimony. Unlike child support payments, which are meant to benefit the wellbeing of the kids, alimony payments go directly to the former spouse. If you and your former partner had unequal earning power while you were married, one of you may be required to financially support the other. When you contact our office, we can help you determine whether or not you may qualify for such support during your divorce proceedings. And, if you were the breadwinner during your marriage, we can help you determine fair payments that will support your next chapter.
Alimony Attorney FAQs
No, alimony is not part of every divorce case. Sometimes, only temporary support is required during the divorce process. In some instances, the couple may agree on a plan without litigation.
Factors such as the duration of the marriage, the standard of living, and the available employment opportunities all contribute to alimony payments. Furthermore, if one person had paid for the other’s education during the marriage, he or she may be eligible for alimony after the divorce.
Yes, you may be able to do so if you present evidence of a change of financial circumstances. That said, be sure to make timely payments to avoid legal consequences.
The party who is accused of withholding payments could face jail time. In other instances, the judge may issue an income withholding order so the overdue amount is automatically deducted from that person’s paychecks.
This is an agreement that supports a spouse in maintaining his or her lifestyle during the divorce proceedings. As the name suggests, however, this support would be terminated when the final judgment of divorce is reached.
If either spouse dies, alimony would be terminated. In addition, the payments may be reduced or suspended if the person receiving the support entered a new romantic relationship.
In some cases, the couple may find that it makes the most sense for payments to taper off over time. Again, it is a good idea to talk to an attorney who is skilled in navigating the complexities of this process.
If you are the primary caregiver for your kids, you may face financial hardship if you are unable to negotiate a monthly child support plan that accounts for your family’s unique needs. If you are the non-custodial parent, you want to ensure that your money is being used to further your children’s wellbeing, and not being wasted on the other parent’s lavish tastes or whims. Child support is a monthly payment that is meant to help cover the children’s health insurance, medical care, food, housing, education, clothing, and other basic expenses. That said, the subject of child support can quickly become complicated, confusing, and even frustrating for both parties. That’s why it’s essential to talk to an attorney who understands the complexities of family law and will ensure you’re getting the support you deserve.
Child Support FAQs
Each parent is usually required to prepare a financial statement that will assist the court in determining the appropriate child support amount. This document would include monthly income and expenses.
It is always a good idea to consult an attorney to look out for your best interests. This is especially important amid an ongoing child custody battle, or if both parents are arguing over the care of the children.
Child support can be modified if the child’s needs change. Sometimes a parent may request lower payments.
When you contact Masri Law Group, we will help you understand whether child support modification is appropriate.
Unfortunately, this is a common issue. A court order may be issued demanding the unpaid money, and, if the child support continues to go unpaid, the parent may face legal consequences that could include wage garnishment.
When a father’s paternity is questioned, legal action may be required to settle disputes over child support, custody issues, visitation rights, inheritance issues, adoption, health care, and more. You deserve an attorney who will help you resolve these cases quickly and peacefully. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate counsel at every stage during this process so you can focus on what matters most – your kids.
Paternity Action FAQs
Legal paternity refers to the support a man is obligated to provide his children. Legal paternity also refers to his custody or visitation rights.
Biological paternity, on the other hand, simply means that a man has fathered a child.
For married men, paternity is established at birth.
An unmarried man establishes paternity when the mother acknowledges that he fathered her baby, and he signs a voluntary acknowledgement so that his name is added to the birth certificate.
A paternal relationship can also be created when both parents come to an agreement with their lawyers. That same document could spell out child support and custody arrangements.
This status can also be determined by a court, and the man may then be required to submit his DNA for review.
Usually, the party who hopes to establish paternity is the person to file the civil lawsuit.
DNA tests are used because of their high degree of accuracy. They are between 90 and 99% accurate in determining paternity.
When you call our office, we will help you determine whether it is necessary to file a paternity suit. From there, we will help you prepare your court documents, which would be served to the child’s other parent. From there, a court date will be set for a hearing.