When a marriage fails, couples separate, and divorce is inevitable, it can be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life. Counsel from an experienced attorney can make all of the difference. Our attorneys can help navigate all of the different issues related to child custody, financial support, and the division of assets that exist in most divorces, as well as assisting you with the emotional stresses that accompany the complexities of the divorce process. Issues pertaining to child custody and child support may continue for years after a divorce. We can help you with actions that modify your custody and support orders as well as enforcement actions where there is a violation of court orders.
In most cases, adults can execute powers of attorney, effectively transferring decision making authority over their children or even over themselves for short periods of time when they may be out of the country or in the hospital. However, in instances where parents may be deceased, in the case of minors, or where an adult has a disability or an illness, a power of attorney may not be sufficient, and decision-maker may need to be appointed as guardian of the minor child or the disabled adult by a court.
Approximately only 42% of Americans have a Will and only slightly more than 50% of Americans have health care powers of attorney or advance directives. Normally referred to collectively as advanced planning documents or estate planning documents, these usually consist of a Will, financial power of attorney and an advance directive for health care. Sometimes, these documents include a trust. These documents are necessary for everyone, even individuals who believe that they do not have a lot of property or who believe that they are healthy.