Many people dream of growing up and raising a family. They expect to be married with children by a certain age, but this does not always happen as one expects. A person may be unable to have children. A couple may have a child but never get married. A married couple may have children but then split up several years later.
These situations all lead to family law issues. When a family decides to split up (or possibly add on, in the event of an adoption), it can be a stressful situation. You may not be aware of the laws that apply, making it hard to resolve your issues.
Schererville divorce lawyers can help you resolve the issues your family is facing. Divorce is a common issue that leads to alimony, child support, child custody, visitation time and other elements. The relationship between you and your child is important, so no matter the situation, we will work hard to help you achieve the outcome you desire.
One common family law issue is child custody. The courts recognize that both parents should stay involved in their child’s life. Therefore, they will award custody based on the best interests of that child. Courts will look to award joint custody unless there are issues with one parent that could affect the child’s life. For example, a parent accused of neglect, abuse or addiction, may not be allowed custody of a child. When older children are involved, the court will consider their preferences. If one parent has primary custody, then the other parent will likely be forced to pay child support.
Sometimes modifications need to be made after a court has issued an order for child support or alimony. Sometimes the paying spouse ends up losing his job or gets a pay cut. In some cases, the person may become disabled and unable to work and earn income.
When this happens, the payor can seek a modification with the court. If the modification is approved, the payor may be able to get their payments reduced or even eliminated for a temporary period of time.
A modification can also work in favor of the recipient. If the payor receives a raise or a huge windfall, the recipient can ask the court to award them a larger amount of money.
With 50% of marriages ending in divorce and many more couples deciding not to get married, it is rare to find a traditional family unit in the United States. Many families must deal with divorce, property division, child custody, child support, visitation rights, and other family law issues. It can be hard to know how to proceed.
The Schererville divorce lawyers at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP can help you with issues affecting you, your spouse, or your children. There are many options available. We understand the law and your rights. Schedule a consultation today. Fill out the online form or call our office at (219) 736-6500.
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