Everyone knows a family law attorney can handle divorce cases.  However, there are a number of other situations where a family law attorney can help.  Below are five examples.

Obtaining a Restraining Order

Miami Family Law AttorneyIn Florida, there are a number of different types of restraining orders one can request.  The type of restraining order requested depends on the facts and circumstances of a given situation.  Courts issue the following types of restraining orders:

  • Domestic violence restraining orders
  • Dating violence restraining orders
  • Stalking violence restraining orders
  • Repeat violence restraining orders
  • Sexual violence restraining orders

A family law attorney can assist in applying for the correct type of restraining order.  While some restraining orders are granted without a hearing, sometimes a hearing and testimony is required.  A family law attorney handles restraining order litigation as well.

Separation Documents

In Florida, there is a waiting period before a couple can get a divorce.  During the waiting period, the couple is expected to separate.  Who will pay for the child’s school tuition?  Who will be responsible for the house payment?  Can either party decide to sell assets?  A family law attorney can help, by drafting documents that address the rights and responsibilities of each spouse during the separation period.  This document can address how the parties handle assets and debts.  It can also provide a parenting time schedule for the children, as well as child support obligations.

Establishing Paternity

Fathers have rights to their children in Florida, regardless of whether or not the parents are married.  If a father wishes to establish paternity and gain parenting time, a family law attorney can help.  Sometimes an expectant father may suspect the mother plans on placing the child for adoption.  A family law attorney can assist in preserving a father’s rights to their child.  Conversely, a family law attorney can also help establish paternity and pursue child support obligations on behalf of a child’s mother.

Prenuptial Agreements

More and more people are waiting to get married these days.  This means more and more people are entering marriage with significant personal assets.  A prenuptial agreement is a contract which protects the parties in the event of a subsequent divorce.  It can address who will retain possession of the premarital property, alimony payments or the lack of alimony payments, and other issues important to the couple.

Adopting a Step Child

When a family wants to adopt a stepchild, a family law attorney can assist in the process.  There are certain requirements before a stepchild adoption can take place.  This includes addressing the parental rights of the biological parent.  A family law attorney can guide a family through the process.

Do You Need a Miami Family Law Attorney?

If you need a family law attorney, Carolan Family Law can help.  Carolan has over 15 years of family law experience in the Miami area.  From prenups to paternity, from adoption to divorce to child custody Carolan Family Law offers comprehensive family law services.  Call (305) 358-2330 today to schedule a consultation.

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