Family law attorneys deal with cases involving marriage, divorce, child support, alimony, timesharing (visitation rights), division of assets, paternity, domestic violence, adoption and guardianships. If you need a pre-nuptial agreement, want to file for divorce or are considering adopting a child, you can benefit from hiring a good family law attorney. Attorneys may be a dime a dozen, but not all have the same value.
How Do You Know If You Need a Family Law Attorney?
The first step to finding the right attorney is determining if you really need one. If any of the following apply to you, it is to your benefit to hire a family law attorney:
- You are considering a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement before getting married
- You are considering divorce, annulment, or legal separation
- You need a divorce agreement modification
- You need child custody and support guidance
- You are considering adopting a child
- You need help with a restraining order
What Is Your Venue?
For family cases the venue is normally where both parties intended to reside together as husband and wife. There are some exceptions to this policy, such as when the individual is in the military or resides in more than one state. For determination of paternity the proceedings must be in the circuit court of the county where the plaintiff resides or the county where the defendant resides.