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Family Law

Family Law consists of several areas:

Divorce:  There are many issues to resolve in a divorce.  In a traditional divorce, each party retains their own attorney to handle issues in alimony/spousal maintenance, property division, child custody, child support, and other related area.  Kansas is known as a "no-fault divorce" state, which could have significant impact on a divorce proceeding.   

Child Custody:  Child custody matters include, but are not limited to, physical custody, residency, and parenting time.  Additionally, there may be issues regarding primary residential custody, shared residential custody, or a joint parenting plan, which every parent may have to consider.  We diligently will work with any parent’s concerns regarding his or her child’s education, health care, religion, vacation times, holiday sharing, and other related matters that possibly require consideration and/or protection.  

Child Support:   Child support is an important issue in many family proceedings, especially in divorce and child custody matters.  The State of Kansas has Child Support Guidelines in place to determine the appropriate child support amount.  These guidelines are extensive, but navigable with the assistance of an attorney with experience in dealing with such matters.  The Guidelines take into consideration such things as income and parenting time, as well as other factors, including daycare, medical expenses, health insurance coverage, transportation cost, and other related matters.   

Modification of Child Support:  There may be a need for modification of child support due to certain changes in your situation, including change in either parent's income, increased transportation costs or health insurance costs, children entering a new age bracket, and child care expenses.   

Divorce Later in Life:  Parties separating later in life often deal with several complex legal issues, possibly in addition to the issues listed above, involving alimony maintenance and division of property.  Typically, a married couple has accumulated assets, retirement accounts, investments, and pension/IRA during the course of the marriage, which each spouse may be entitled to a certain percentage.  These accumulations present special challenges that require a different approach.   

Each of these Family Law areas requires a substantial amount of paperwork and legal representation that we can provide.  We can advise you on what to expect and work with you in each of these areas. 

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