Passionately Fighting for the Interests of You and Your Loved Ones
Here at Lincoln Law Firm, we recognize that family law cases can have a serious and immediate impact on the most important parts of our clients’ lives. While not uncommon, dealing with things like divorce, adoption, child custody, and other related issues is something that requires an attorney who will passionately advocate for the best interests of the family.
Our team of attorneys and other legal professionals do not provide ‘cookie cutter’ family law representation. Instead, we will work directly with you to learn about the specifics of your situation, and come up with a unique approach that is tailor-made to your needs. This helps to not only give you the best possible chance of achieving a successful outcome in your case, but will allow us to take a more holistic approach that ensures your unique needs are front-and-center throughout the entirety of the case. Family law is a surprisingly broad field which can impact numerous areas of your life. Read on to learn more about the types of cases we can help you with, and please contact us with any questions.
Growing Your Family Through Adoption
Adoption is one of the most generous, and beautiful ways to grow your family. Here at Lincoln Law Firm we take particular joy in helping our clients through the often surprisingly complex task of adopting a child. Whether you are a step-parent looking to adopt a stepchild, or you are looking at domestic adoption options, we will work tirelessly on your behalf.
Experiencing a Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
Getting a divorce, or legally speaking, a dissolution of marriage, is always a challenging experience, and one that should be taken very seriously. Once you have made the difficult decision to get a divorce, it is critical to have an attorney who will aggressively advocate for your interests. Whether that means litigating in court, going through mediation, or taking some other approach, we will be there for you every step of the way.
Spousal Maintenance or Alimony
Spousal maintenance, which is often referred to as alimony, is a payment that is paid from one spouse to the other after a divorce. This can be a temporary payment to help the receiving spouse complete their education or otherwise get used to living on their own, or it can be a permanent situation. There are many factors that the courts will consider when deciding if spousal maintenance is appropriate. We can effectively argue for your best interests in regards to this area of family law.
One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is the division of assets. Everything that a couple owns together while married needs to be split up. In most cases, the couple can come to an agreement about who gets what, but sometimes it needs to be argued in court so a judge can make a determination. We will do everything in our power to ensure you get the property that you are entitled to during your divorce. Whether that means helping through mediation or aggressively litigating your case, we are here to provide for your unique legal needs.
Child Custody & Visitation
When there are minor children involved in a divorce, it is necessary to determine who will see the child, and when (custody & visitation). The courts can also determine who will be responsible for making medical, educational, and other decisions for the child or children. Ideally, parents will put their own feelings aside and create a custody and visitation schedule that works best for the children, but if that is not possible, the courts will make the decision. Our attorneys have vast experience in the area of child custody, and will work with you to pursue an outcome that is in the best interest of your children.
In most divorce situations where children are involved, one of the parents will have to pay a set amount of money each month to help support the expenses associated with raising a child.
- There are guidelines that the your State uses to determine the amount of support, which you can calculate using the following link on the Attorney General’s website:
As evidenced by the Attorney General’s child support calculator above, there are certain factors that influence the amount of child support, and judges also have some leeway in this area. We can help make effective arguments to ensure you are getting the best possible results when it comes to determining child support.
Once the courts issue an order with regards to child support, visitation, custody, or anything else, both parties must abide by it. If your ex is not following the rules established in the order, you can petition the courts to enforce the order. We will aggressively pursue all possible relief available to you through the courts, and help ensure the other party is fulfilling all of their responsibilities properly.
As children grow up, their needs change, so it is important to ensure a child custody and support order are adjusted to meet their current needs. If you want an order to be modified, this must either be agreed upon by both parties, or go through the courts to force it through. We can help prepare all the documentation and push for the best interests of you and your child using all legal resources possible.
In many cases, determining paternity is the first step in a process of either getting custody or visitation rights, or forcing the other parent to take responsibility for their children. There are many avenues available to prove paternity, and we will work with you and the courts to find the most effective option available so you can move forward with your case.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can be very effective ways of protecting your interests before, during, and after marriage. These documents are often challenged in court, which is why it is absolutely essential to ensure they are written up and filed perfectly. Our attorneys have years of experience helping clients draft both pre and postnuptial agreements, and we will be happy to help you too.
Changing your name after getting married—or after getting a divorce—is an important step in moving forward with your life. While this is something millions of people do each year, it can be a surprisingly complex process that is more difficult than it needs to be. We can work with you throughout the process to get it done as quickly and easily as possible.