Family law governs the legal responsibilities between people who are related either by blood or marriage, and in some cases those who have more casual relationships. This form of law has been established to prevent and resolve a wide variety of issues including the potential breakdown of marriage, divorce, child custody and abuse.
It is no secret that most family law cases are emotionally charged and traumatic for many, if not most people, especially when the case is contested. For this reason hiring a skilled and experienced family law attorney is considered essential. But if you live in Georgia, how do you find the best Peachtree City family law attorney to represent your interests?
What to Look for in a Peachtree City Family Law Attorney Firm
Experience and a thorough knowledge and understanding of family law are both essential attributes that any firm of family law attorneys must have. Since confidentiality is considered to be the “bedrock principle of legal ethics,” they must also honor confidential information. Apart from anything else, confidentiality inspires confidence in those forced to share negative information about their family with an attorney.
Additionally, the individual family law attorneys in the firm must be compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic. They must be able to understand how their clients really feel, even if they have never been exposed to similar experiences themselves. They must also have the ability to be completely objective, but be capable of undertaking any case representing their client’s interests in an aggressive manner.
Ultimately, you need to be sure that the Peachtree City family law attorney (or a family law attorney from your town or city) is going to be on your side, and will do everything legally possible to ensure that you get the results you want, or at very least see that the case is favorably resolved.
Of course you also need to be sure that the law firm you plan to consult with covers the particular area of family law that is relevant to your case. Some of the most common are:
- Prenuptial agreements that are drawn up to protect the couple’s interests before they get married
- Annulment of marriage within a short period of time after marriage
- Legal separation of couples who may be married or involved in a lengthy live-in relationship
- Divorce, which may be contested or uncontested
- Alimony and spousal maintenance
- Division of assets (including all property), and division of debt
- Paternity issues including legitimation of paternity
- Child custody when there is a divorce or legal separation
- Child visitation rights and modification of child custody
- Child support, including the collection of “delinquent” child support payments that have not been paid
- Adoption of children
- Various support orders and agreements
Other issues include prevention of both physical and emotional abuse, not only between married or divorced couples and their children, but also when an elderly member of the family is abused. Abuse is also sometimes an issue between two people dating or even when people are sharing a home. Usually a restraining order will be issued when abuse is the issue, so that the abuser is prevented from legally making contact with the person who is allegedly being abused.
Where to Find a Peachtree City Family Law Attorney
There are various organizations that supply information about law firms, and you should be able to find a suitable Peachtree City family law attorney to meet your needs simply by searching online. However word-of-mouth is often a more reliable way of finding the right firm, particularly if you know the person (or people) recommending the attorney or firm Just be sure that they are able to represent your specific interests in terms of their areas of expertise.
Slepian, Schwartz & Landgaard, LLC is based in Peachtree City but has clients throughout the state of Georgia. If you need an experienced and empathetic family law or divorce attorney, contact us now.