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A divorce is the legal termination of a marriage by a court in a legal proceeding, requiring a petition or complaint for divorce (or dissolution in some states) by one party.There are two types of divorce– fault and no-fault. A fault divorce is a judicial termination of a marriage based on marital misconduct or other statutory cause requiring proof in a court of law by the divorcing party that the divorcee had done one of several enumerated things as sufficient grounds for the divorce.
There are two kinds of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Custody battles most often arise in a divorce or separation, requiring a court’s determination of which parent, relative or other adult should have physical and/or legal control and responsibility for a minor (child) under 18. When both parents share custody of a child after a divorce it is called joint custody. Joint custody may be either legal or physical custody. Physical custody designates where the child will actually live, whereas legal custody gives the custodial person(s) the right to make decisions for the child’s welfare. Child custody can be decided by a local court in a divorce or if a child, relative, close friend or state agency questions whether one or both parents is unfit, absent, dead, in prison or dangerous to the child’s well-being. In such cases custody can be awarded to a grandparent or other relative, a foster parent or an orphanage or other organization or institution. In some jurisdictions, if a child is old enough, their preferences are taken into consideration.
Child Protective Services (CPS)
Child protective custody is used in the context of family law when authorities believe a child’s health or welfare is in danger. A social worker or police officer can place a child into protective custody if he or she believes immediate action is needed to protect a child from abuse or neglect. Laws generally require a parent to receive written notice listing the date and time for a protective custody hearing which is typically required to be held within a short period, such as a few days, after a child has been placed into protective custody.
- Divorce and Separation
- Parenting Time and Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Asset Protection, Prenuptial Agreements, Property and Debt Division
- Child Protective Proceedings, Child Abuse and Neglect
- Grandparent Rights
- Change of Domicile
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Schroder & Schroder, PLC, provides comprehensive legal representation for all family-law matters including, but not limited to: divorce, separation, child custody, spousal and child support, parenting time, asset protection and prenuptial agreements, property and debt division, child-protective-service proceedings, consent adoptions, change of domicile, and appeals.
Whether you have made the difficult decision to file for divorce, been unexpectedly served with divorce papers, or need to proceed with a child-custody action, we promise to treat you with kindness and to respect that this may be a difficult process for you and your family.
A divorce or custody case is a process, and it may include many different issues. If you do not have minor children, you may be concerned about how the courts will divide your marital assets and debts, the protection of your pre-marital assets, the division of your personal property, spousal support, whether to sell your marital home, or even how to divide the business that you have spent your entire marriage building together. If you have minor children, your concerns may be about child custody, parenting-time schedules and policies, child support, whether you can move, where your children will go to school, and even paternity.
The thought of managing and resolving all of these issues may seem overwhelming right now. We will help you through each and every step of your case by providing you with creative and strategic solutions tailored to help you resolve your case based on the needs of you and your family. When strategic thinking alone cannot resolve your case, we are talented litigators who will prepare your case for trial.
We understand that the decisions you make in your case will be life-changing for both you and your children. Please call us for a free and confidential consultation so that you can make an informed decision about what course of action will be right for you and your family.
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