Having to hire a lawyer to represent you is rarely an enjoyable or pleasant time in your life. This is even more true in a divorce, or custody case where at the end of the day, the other party is still the mother or father of your child. When choosing an attorney, it’s important to seek someone who won’t simply take a win-at-all-costs approach but who will help find options for amicable, cost-effective resolutions whenever possible. A family attorney should also be able to listen to you and understand the emotional stakes that are involved. Christopher G. Humphrey, P.C. provides representation in the following family law matters.
Child custody cases are about finding out what’s in the best interests of the child not about one parent winning against the other. If one parent believes that the other should not have custody or visitation, they must show the court why allowing it would harm the child. Otherwise, the court will generally find that both parents should spend time with the child.
Divorce cases involve many contentious issues including child custody and support, property division, and alimony. While the circumstances leading to a divorce often bring out anger, it’s important to avoid trying to turn the legal process into a fight. It’s usually in the financial interests of both spouses to work together through their attorneys to reach an amicable resolution.
Child Support Modification
Child support orders are made based on the income of the parents and any special needs of the child at the time of the divorce. At times, the original order may become unfair or inadequate due to a parent changing jobs or the child having higher or lower education, medical, or other expenses. When the circumstances warrant it, either parent can petition for a modification.
A guardianship gives a person legal custody and care over either a minor child or an adult who is incapable of taking care of themselves. In the case of an adult, guardianships are typically granted in cases of mental disability, long-term illness, or serious injury. Guardianships grant broad legal authority similar to that of a parent with a minor child.
The adoption process is designed to protect the legal rights of the adopting parents, biological parents, and adopted child. An experienced attorney can help make this process go smoothly and assist with related matters such as updated estate planning documents.
Uncontested Adoptions by Stepparents
Stepparents do not naturally gain fully parental rights, and a stepchild does not automatically become an heir. Wyoming provides a streamlined adoption process to give stepparents full parental rights and responsibilities.
For assistance with domestic relations matters near Cheyenne, Fort Collins, or Casper, contact Humphrey & Associates, P.C. today.