Facing legal problems is difficult enough. When those legal problems involve family, though, it’s about more than just the law. It is also about the mental and emotional impact family legal issues have on your life and wellbeing. Working with an attorney who understands the particular emotional strain you are under when it comes to family law cases can ease the stress on the legal side of things, so you can focus on the personal aspect.
Divorce, separation, child custody and visitation, child support, paternity, and adoption are just some of the legal matters that may take you to family court. Coming to an agreement with an ex-partner before reaching a courtroom is the best potential scenario for most people, and many people are able to settle family legal matters by this means.
If you are unable to work out an arrangement with a family member on your own, you may be able to agree through mediation. Mediation is the process of meeting behind closed doors with one or more representatives who can guide you through negotiations regarding all aspects of your divorce and child custody arrangements. If you can reach an agreement on these matters in mediation, it will be legally-binding, and allow you to avoid a public trial, which keeps the details of your agreement off the public record.
Only when mediation fails will a trial be necessary, but representation is important from the very beginning of the process. An attorney helps fight for your interests, and ensures that anything you sign says what you think it says.
Though under the banner of family law as far as the courts are concerned, domestic violence representation has some differences from other legal issues involving family. First, and foremost, it is a violent crime, which often involves the police. Second, it is a timely crime that demands immediate attention and steps, such as filing for a restraining order and ensuring physical safety.
An attorney who has experience dealing with domestic violence cases can help you recognize the steps you need to take legally to get out of the situation you are currently in and ensure your safety.
Anchorage Family Law Attorney
Laura Nations is an Anchorage, Alaska-based attorney who has ample experience representing clients in family law and domestic violence cases in Alaska. When you must take your family issues to court, Ms. Nations will treat your case with the respect and sensitivity it deserves.