If you are in the midst of a significant dispute with members of your family, such as a contentious divorce or custody battle, there is the possibility that you may be feeling frustrated, lonely and anxious about the future. These feelings are perfectly understandable. Most people view family as a bedrock and foundation upon which they build their life. When a serious dispute arises between you and a family member, it can often lead to people feeling stressed out and angry.
Regardless of the family law issue you are encountering, it is important to know that you do not have to go through this difficult experience alone. You should have a knowledgeable and empathetic counselor by your side to advocate for your best interests. There is no doubt that a significant dispute related to custody, spousal support, etc. can have significant ramifications on your immediate and long-term future. This is why it is so important to have a seasoned and skilled family law attorney who is fighting for you and working to ensure the best outcome possible.
What Exactly is Family Law?
The term “family law” is extremely broad in scope and encompasses legal issues related to divorce, child custody, spousal support, adoption, emancipation, paternity disputes, and so forth. A lawyer who specializes in the practice of family law typically meets with clients to discuss their specific legal issue (or issues), will usually attempt to try and resolve those issues outside the courtroom (possibly through mediation or arbitration), while also remaining fully prepared to represent clients in formal family court proceedings in a courtroom.
Why Hiring a Top-Notch Family Lawyer is So Important
If you are skeptical about retaining counsel for your family law issue, it is likely due to a key question you need to have answered – what does a family lawyer do? This is an important question that warrants a detailed response because you should not invest your time and resources into retaining counsel if you can reasonably expect to resolve an issue on your own. Nevertheless, many family law issues that appear relatively simple on the surface can quickly become quite complex and require an attorney’s guidance and counsel.
There are an array of actions a family law attorney can take on your behalf, depending on the specific facts of your case. Here is an overview of what a family lawyer can do for you and the benefits associated with retaining top-notch legal counsel.
- Hiring a Lawyer Provides You with Access to Someone Possessing Extensive Knowledge of Family Laws and Regulations – When you are not feeling well and need assistance treating your ailment, you go to a doctor because they are someone possessing extensive knowledge of the human body, medications, etc. Similarly, if you are in the midst of a significant family law issue, hiring a lawyer provides you with access to someone who spends their days studying and applying family laws and regulations. Many attorneys who specialize in family law develop a level of expertise and understanding that can be invaluable when you retain them to help guide you through a contentious divorce, custody dispute, etc.
- Hiring a Lawyer Reduces the Risk of Committing a Procedural Error – It is important to understand that the procedural rules and regulations governing family law disputes, including divorce, spousal support, child custody, etc. vary from state to state. It is crucial to have someone on your side who is aware of the procedural requirements and filing deadlines that apply to your particular case. Why? Because if you try to manage your case alone, you run the risk of filing the wrong legal document or missing an important filing deadline. If that happens, it could be detrimental to your case. When you retain the services of a lawyer who is well versed in family law, they will make sure your legal documents are presented and filed with the court on time and in an appropriate format.
- Lowering The Proverbial Temperature – If you are engaged in a contentious and emotionally-charged dispute with a spouse, a child, or both, it would make sense to retain the services of an attorney specializing in family law. Why? Because a lawyer can work to “lower the temperature” in the dispute and try to reach a reasonable middle ground between you and your family member. A lawyer can also provide candid, unbiased legal advice based on an assessment of the facts in your case. This can be extremely beneficial when determining whether it makes sense to escalate the dispute to litigation or if it is possible to try and reach a resolution outside of the courtroom through, for example, mediation.
- Someone To Talk To During a Difficult Time – It is quite common for people going through a divorce or a contentious custody battle to feel emotionally exhausted and anxious. You may develop intense levels of stress due to the lack of emotional support that was previously provided by your family. When you hire a family law attorney to handle your case, the attorney will not only provide you with legal guidance and counsel; they will also be someone you can simply talk to and provide a level of assistance while working through the emotional and psychological toll often associated with divorce, custody dispute, or other family law issue.
Speak to an Experienced Family Lawyer Today
If you have questions about the services provided by a family law attorney, consider contacting Jeremy Castro with the Castro Law Offices. Jeremy is an experienced attorney with a deep understanding of family laws and regulations. The Castro Law Offices are located in Novato, California. The firm provides services to individuals and families in Marin County, including Novato, San Rafael, Greenbrae, San Anselmo, Fairfax, Sausalito, Larkspur, West Marin, Ross, Mill Valley, and Corte Madera. Castro Law Offices also provides services to individuals in Sonoma County, Napa County, Solano County, San Francisco County, and Alameda County. No matter your family law issue, Jeremy Castro is here to help.