Jackson Divorce Lawyer
The Law Office of Rachel S. Cotrino, LLC handles all aspects of divorce whether it involves a contested divorce, uncontested divorce or only requires mediation. Attorney Cotrino is very conversant with divorce law and her knowledge of it is a significant benefit when looking to retain certain outcomes in the cases she handles. She has also worked in the courts in the area and is familiar with the different interworking of each. Divorce can be a long drawn out battle or may be easily resolved and the final outcome that is gained can be influenced by the representation that is handling it. There are many critical components that will need to be addressed and the following are some of the areas that a Jackson divorce attorney at the firm handles:
Areas of Practice
Having to go before a judge in order to settle disputes and work out divorce settlements is a very time-consuming and costly option. Mediation is another, often more viable option, for resolving divorce matters such as how to divide property and assets, spousal support and more.
Support will need to be addressed amongst parents that are separating or divorcing, or an unmarried couple that has chosen to end their relationship. Support may be ordered by either or both parent and will be decided upon depending on a number of influencing factors.
In divorce proceedings, visitation is often a very touchy subject. Visitation is all about giving rights to the parent, who was not granted custody of the children, to see and spend time with his or her children. In order to properly protect you rights for visitation and enforce visitation agreements, you will need an experienced divorce attorney on your side.
This is a delicate issue that needs to be addressed in great detail. The court can choose to award custody in a number of ways, either having parents share responsibilities, or having one parent as the main guardian. The main interest of the child is always the main concern and if parents are not able to come to an agreement on what that is, the court will decide.
In divorce proceedings, the subject of child support is vital. Child support determines the amount of money one parent will pay to the other parent in order to provide for the needs of the children once the divorce has been finalized. If you have questions about child support, you need to contact the law office.
One of the primary issues that must be resolved during most divorce proceedings is the issue of spousal support. A couple can choose the terms of support together and the court can approve the decision, or they may need to step in and make the call all together. They will look at a number of items when formulating their answer, and will need to see that one spouse is considered dependent on the other. Support payments can range depending on what the need is found to be.
Asset and Debt Division
The state of New Jersey is considered an equitable distribution state. This means there are many factors which must be taken into consideration when determining how to fairly, equitable and justly divide the marital assets and debts. The division will be made amongst you and your spouse in the way that the court sees fit, even if you both had differing financial contributions throughout the duration of the relationship.
Support & Custody Modifications
Even after divorce settlements have been finalized, the need may arise to modify support and/or custody agreements. The court will not reopen the case all together but will review it along with the new information to determine if they will allow for a modification to be made. They will want to see that there was a significant change in circumstances, such as the change of a financial position.
There are specific laws and regulations which must be followed if the parent who has primary custody of a child wishes to move their primary residence. There are valid reasons that you may be looking to relocate with your child, or you may be a parent that is looking to prevent the other spouse from moving your child a further distance from you. A strong case will need to be presented to the court in either scenario.
Depending on the course of a case, paternity may need to be established. There are many reasons why it can come down to this and establishing who the biological father is can help determine the decisions that need to be made in regards to a child.
While many people associate domestic violence with spousal abuse, domestic violence can also involve child abuse, physical altercations between partners and more. Thousands of individuals become victim to abuse and there is help. These instances will also need to be brought up in a case and can have an influence on various aspects of the judges ruling in a case.
Prenuptial Agreements A prenuptial agreement can be made up for a couple that is entering into a legally binding marriage or civil union. Through it they can decide on guidelines pertaining to their property and finances in the event of a divorce or dissolution. This can be a wise choice to make at the beginning of a marriage since no one can be sure what the future will hold.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues need special attention in regards to family law. There are different details that can be involved in these cases and they need to be addressed in the proper manner. As with all family law matters, LGBT family law covers a broad spectrum of instances that can arise and demand the need for legal intervention.