Family Law

When family life isn't working as planned, let me help

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and we know that not every family starts as or stays the "traditional" nuclear family. Because family life is prone to change and relationships and agreements sometimes break down, competent help to navigate the ins and outs of the family law system is a must. 

Divorce

When marriages end, the most important consideration is how to move forward in your new life. This means learning how to restructure your life on one income instead of two, dividing property and assets, and reassessing your retirement plans and goals. For many individuals, divorce also means entering into a new co-parenting relationship with your soon to be ex-spouse. Given all the facets of divorce, getting realistic advice on how to settle your case as effectively as possible can substantially limit your stress as well as your legal fees. 

 

Custody

When parties aren’t married at the time they become parents, it can be necessary to negotiate the terms of their parenting arrangement. Where children are involved, its important to determine what the parenting roles will be, where the children will spend each day of the week, the school district the children will utilize and how vacations, holidays and travel will be arranged. The more consistency children can rely on, the better the co-parenting relationship often works.

 

Child Support

Child support is a payment from one parent to the other for the purpose of providing the necessary funds to raise kids. Child support encompasses the basic payment for general expenses of child rearing, a contribution to the child’s medical insurance premiums and also, if applicable, money for daily childcare. Going without the child support your child is entitled to can make it incredibly difficult to survive. Conversely, paying more support that your budget can handle can put you at risk of financial troubles over the long term. As with all matters, collaboration with the other party in your case can be key in figuring out an arrangement that works for each parent and in the best interests of the kids. 

 

Third Party Custody

Third party custody, often referred to as grandparents’ rights, is generally a situation where a grandparent has decided to ask the court for custody or visitation time with a child. Although grandparents as third-party custodians are most common, I’ve worked with aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends to achieve custody status of children who are not biologically their own. When circumstances render one or both parents unable to care for a child, family members can step in to make sure the child is cared for by someone who knows and loves the child and whom the child is comfortable with. 

Mediation

Sometimes the traditional litigation approach isn't appropriate for the issue you're facing. Perhaps you've already been to court and have been ordered to mediate before you return . Or maybe you and the other party are committed to an amicable resolution that will save you both time, stress and fees. If that's the case, please know that we work with families to mediate issues ranging from establishing and dividing the cost for extracurricular activities, to modifications of parenting, and even full divorces from start to finish where property division, support, maintenance and parenting time are concerned. Mediation can be a great fit for family law matters for people committed to collaboration and and wanting to avoid animosity. 

If you find yourself dealing with anything above, please reach out and contact Taylor Kaspar Law today to see how we can help you get to the other side of your family law issue as easily as possible. 

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