An adoption attorney can help adopting parents understand their new rights and responsibilities to make the right decisions for the child. After one or both of a biological parents' rights have been terminated by court, an adoption can take place. In some cases, the assistance of an adoption lawyer is required by law. An adoption attorney will draft and review contracts while working with the adopting and biological parents as they navigate the adoption process of a child or a step-child.
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In issues of family law, an experienced and specialized family law attorney will guide you through the process of legal document signing, allocation of assets, and living arrangements. To better understand the laws and your rights when entering a civil union, separating by divorce, or deciding child custody, ask a family law attorney how you can best exercise your rights under the law.
If you and your spouse are divorcing, part of your separation will involve a decision of where and with whom the children will live. A child custody attorney will be your advocate as you negotiate custody, either by agreement of parties or, if you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement, with a judge in court. A child custody lawyer will guide you into making a decision so that a court does not have a say over your child’s lifestyle and education.
If you have custody of a child, you'll likely need child support to pay for your child's physical, emotional, and educational needs after your divorce. A child support attorney can help you negotiate an appropriate amount of support or contest an unfair ruling.
If you have decided your marriage is no longer working, and you want a legal separation or a legal dissolution of the marriage, ask a divorce lawyer the best way to proceed for your particular situation. Alimony, child custody, child support, and division of community of assets can usually be fairly decided with the help of an experienced divorce attorney.