Whether you are contemplating a divorce, need to change a placement or custody order, obtain a paternity determination, change child support, or want to adopt the children from your spouse's previous marriage, family law can often be much too complicated and too rigged against unrepresented litigants to handle without an attorney.
Going Pro Se, or Using One Lawyer
In an effort to save money, some couples will try to handle their divorce without an attorney, or jointly seek the advice of just one attorney for both parties. We all believe our spouse will negotiate in good faith; the man or woman you married is reasonable-but that's not the man or woman you're divorcing.
Unfortunately, often both parties end up having to retain their own attorney, in addition to money spent on forms, or on the single lawyer. It would be ideal if people could resolve their differences without outside help, but if that were the case, you wouldn't need to file for divorce. Once a conflict arises in these cases, the lawyer can't represent either party, and usually if one side gets an attorney, the other follows suit.
Sometimes, in short term marriage with no children, and not a lot of money, a divorce can be handled quickly, and without much expense. However, when minor children are involved, and the marriage is somewhat lengthy, many issues arise.
What are the tax consequences? Do I have a right to my husband's retirement benefits? Who is responsible for health insurance for the children? Am I entitled to a portion of my wife's home business, which I have helped establish? What about child support or family support? Do I need a restraining order? All of these are questions an attorney can help answer for you.
It Doesn't Have to be Difficult
The end of a relationship can be emotionally draining. Tying up legal ends does not need to be. However, it is important to make sure that your receiving a fair result to the end of your marriage.
Changing Placement, Custody, and Child Support
Hetzel Law Office is experienced and accomplished in obtaining the changes our clients want to their placement schedules, custody determinations, and amounts of child support. If you would like more time with your children, more effective control over their lives, pay less or receive more child support, call us today for a free consultation.