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Divorce is one aspect of family law where almost everyone needs a family law attorney. Very few people ever “want” a divorce, although that is often what is said by one spouse to the other. Circumstances may make a person feel they have little choice but to obtain a divorce if they want to change their life or the lives of their children for the better. Consultation with a family law attorney can help you decide whether or not divorce is the best decision for your family.

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I will give you an honest assessment of the legal prospects for establishing your personal objectives. I will tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear. I will work diligently to pursue the resolution you seek in matters of child custody, visitation, and child support.

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Child support is monetary payment for the support and well-being of a child. Child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to cover the child’s day-to-day expenses, such as: food, shelter, clothing, educational expenses, and medical expenses. In Idaho, child support is paid to the custodial parent until the child reaches the legal age of 18, or age 19 if the child is still in high school.

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Adoption is the legal process that permanently gives the adoptive parents legal parental rights over a child. Once an adoption has been completed the child is treated just as if he or she was born to the adoptive parent. Often times, when one biological parent decides to marry someone who is not their child’s biological parent, step parent adoption is considered. In most cases, step parent adoptions are easier than other types of adoption because of the involvement of the biological parent.

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For Child:

A court may appoint a guardian for an unmarried minor if all parental rights of custody have been terminated by prior court order or upon a finding that the child has been neglected, abused, abandoned, or whose parents are unable to provide a stable home environment.

For Adults:

When a loved one has reached the point they can no longer make responsible decisions about their own finances, it is time to consider the available options.

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Domestic violence exists in a relationship (e.g., where people live or have lived together and/or are family members or sexual partners) where one person threatens/inflicts another person with physical or sexual harm or emotional harassment, violates their personal sense of space or peace, or destroys personal property.

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Prenuptial agreements are contracts that parties enter into prior to marriage. Postnuptial agreements are contracts entered into after marriage. Usually these agreements are used to protect property from the consequences of divorce or death of a spouse.

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If spousal support or maintenance is an issue in your separation or divorce, I can help you understand and resolve such issues.

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Your name is the designation by which you are known in the community in which you live and work. Legally, it is the designation by which you bind yourself to contracts and other legal documents.

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Why Do I Need A QDRO?

In Idaho any retirement earned during the marriage is community property and subject to division in a divorce. A QDRO is required in order for a retirement plan to turn over a portion of one spouse’s retirement to the other spouse without creating adverse tax consequences.

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An Alternative to the Traditional Court Battle.

Collaborative law offers an alternative way to resolve family law disputes.

Separating or divorcing is never easy. But when couples and their advocates take a less adversarial approach, their entire family benefits.

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It is always best to be represented by a competent attorney in all family law matters. It is especially important in any case where children are involved. In divorces where there is significant property such as real estate, retirement or a business it is not advisable to proceed without an attorney. However, many people simply are not able to afford to hire an attorney to represent them. Some are forced to attempt to proceed without competent legal advice and they choose to represent themselves.

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