Family law is the area of law that focuses on matters related to family relationships like marriage, adoption, child custody, child support, and grandparent rights.
Child and Family Investigator
A child and family investigator referred to as a “CFI” is an expert who is appointed by the court to investigate allegations in a divorce or custody case and make recommendations to the court based on the best interests’ of the child
Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps the parties discuss the potential resolution of their legal action without the need to go to court and require the judge to make decisions for them.
Modification and Enforcement
Modification refers to changing existing court orders due to a change of circumstances that did not exist when the initial court orders were issued. An enforcement action is where a party requests that a court enforce existing court orders because one party is not following the court orders. There are many types of enforcement actions such as contempt of court, motion for judgment, etc.
Property division is allocating all marital property and debt among the parties in a fair and equitable manner. Marital property is property obtained during the marriage (with few exceptions) or the appreciation of value of separate property during the marriage.
Child support is the legal right of a child to be financially supported regardless of whether the child’s parents were never married. Child support is determined by the child support guidelines, which consider both parents’ gross income, the overnights the child has with each parent, and certain expenses the parents pay on their child’s behalf like health insurance.