Family law is something of a catchphrase that encompasses a number of different practice areas. Most people immediately think of divorce when they hear the term “family law”, but the truth is, divorce is one of many parts of what a family law firm handles on a daily basis.
In fact, while divorce does take up quite a bit of time and effort, there are other practice areas that can affect a family’s welfare and well-being, including child custody, adoption, paternity, prenuptial agreements, children’s rights, and domestic violence and restraining orders. Our job is to provide outstanding legal service that can help strengthen families, protect children, and provide comfort and security.
There are many types of adoption, and whether you are a stepparent who wants to adopt a stepchild, or you are a grandparent who has been taking care of a grandchild and you now want to legally adopt that child, our firm can help you achieve your goal. Adoption is a complex issue with many challenges, and we can help you navigate the legal obstacles. We are also experienced in the adoption of a child who lives in a foreign country, or adoption of a child in the U.S. through a state adoption agency or a non-profit child welfare agency.
Children are often the silent victims in divorces, and some may feel neglected or cast aside as their mothers and fathers battle in a court of law. Our job in a divorce is to help protect the rights of children, and to ensure what’s in the best interest of a child when it comes to custody arrangements, visitation rights, support payments, and even under what condition parents can relocate their children.
Whether you are going through a collaborative (amicable) divorce, or a contested divorce in which you cannot come to an agreement on any major issues, our team can provide you with experienced and dedicated service to complete the divorce process in the most advantageous way possible.
We can help you craft a fair Marital Settlement Agreement that documents your agreement on all major issues before you ever step in a court room, or we can fight for you rights if your divorce must be litigated in front of a family court judge.
Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
Domestic violence is a horrible crime, and when you are faced with this situation, we can help you obtain an emergency order of protection, and ensure that you obtain a longer protection order so that you, your family and any children involved are provided with legal protection against an imminent threat.
If you believe you are the biological father of a child, or you are a custodial parent who wants to establish paternity, we can help you through the legal process. Once paternity is established through a genetic (DNA) test, we can help you create a Parenting Plan, or we can help ensure that your child receives financial support from the biological father.
Although prenuptial agreements have something of an unsavory reputation, they are important legal protections for people who have amassed wealth and assets and wish to protect those assets prior to entering into a marriage. Prenuptial agreements can save you a lot of conflict and drama if you happen to get divorced, because they detail how marital assets will be divided in a divorce. But the legal language must be correct in these agreements or they can be challenged and overturned in a court of law. We make sure that prenuptial agreements are detailed and clear to prevent confusion.
A Full-Service Family Law Firm
At Cheshire Family Law, our job is to provide you with outstanding and compassionate service. Our team is committed to helping you through these difficult situations, and our experience and track record are what sets us apart.