A family law attorney is a someone who focuses on legal matters that have to do with family issues. Typical matters that fall under family law are: divorce, child custody, child support, community property, protective orders, looking after a loved ones affairs, etc. Family legal matters are filled with emotion and can easily turn into a stressful and overwhelming situation. We recommend finding a family law attorney that can walk with you through this new season of life. Family Law is a broad practice and not every family lawyer practices every area within family law so be sure to discuss your particular situation and find a lawyer who is a good fit for you.
What exactly can a family lawyer do for you? Below are three common family issues that having a family lawyer can be very beneficial at keeping the peace and limiting stress and emotion of the matter.
Child Custody Agreements
One of the most difficult parts of separation and divorce is agreeing on what happens with the children. Although both parents typically want what is best for the children, finding a new normal that involves less time with them than you are used to can become a challenge. It is an emotional process for both the parent and the child. While some co-parents are able to come to terms on their own, more often than not, a child custody agreement needs to be put into place. A family lawyer can help parents that are parting ways to draft a custody agreement or can assist in amending a current agreement.
Divorce in itself is a draining process that can cloud each parties mind and make it difficult to settle disagreements calmly. A family lawyer can act as a mediator and help each party to communicate and approach each issue in a rational matter in lines with the law. The goal of hiring a divorce lawyer should be to settle matters of the divorce fairly without necessarily going to court. If agreements cannot be made between both parties, court will become necessary in which your family lawyer will be there with you each step of the way to help you fight for your rights. A family divorce lawyer will provide you with advice on when an issue should be brought to court and be up front with you on how strong your case is.
A protective order, also known as a restraining order, is a court order that protects you from further harm from someone who has hurt you. This includes but is not limited to: physical abuse, sexual abuse, harassment & stalking. Although you do not need a lawyer to file for a protective order, we recommend you seek legal counsel, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. A family lawyer can help you determine the type of order you need and help you with the quickest route of acquiring one.
If you are not sure if you need a family lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Latiolais for a consultation. Emily is dedicated to helping families across Louisiana and will provide the level of knowledge and support you need. She will fight for you in and outside of the courtroom.