In some divorce cases, a judge may see fit to award alimony, or spousal maintenance, to one of the former spouses. Alimony is intended to balance the economic consequences of divorce by requiring the higher-earning spouse to provide a certain level of financial support to the lower-earning spouse. Laws governing spousal maintenance vary by state, but courts generally have broad discretion when it comes to determining whether or not to award alimony, how much to award, and for how long.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeff Zurbriggen have extensive experience handling complex spousal support cases and can help you maximize your legal rights and options.
Child custody/support is often a thorny issue in divorce cases. While some parents are able to work out an agreement between themselves, many require the assistance of an attorney and, in some cases, a mediator. Other times, the court is forced to intervene, in which case custody is determined according to the child’s best interests. Once custody has been decided, the court may order the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the parent with custody.
If you have a child custody/support issue, we can help.
Divorce and Dissolution With Children
The rate of divorce continues to rise in the United States, with nearly 50 percent of all marriages ending in dissolution. Going through a divorce is notably one of the most difficult times in an individual’s life—both emotionally and financially. To aid in the dissolution of marriage, every state has established divorce laws that govern child custody and support, alimony,property distribution, and other family related issues. It is extremely important for all parties to consult with a qualified and trusted divorce attorney to ensure their legal rights and interests are protected through every step of the divorce process.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeff Zurbriggen have a wealth of experience handling complicated family law matters and can help protect your rights.
A number of important legal issues affect paternity including child custody, support, visitation, and more. In cases where paternity has not been established—which is generally done through DNA testing—a father’s rights may be compromised. However, once paternity is established, a father gains certain rights but may also be held to certain legal obligations, such as the financial support of his child.
If you are involved in a paternity dispute, it is crucial that you understand your legal rights. Please contact the Law Office of Jeff Zurbriggen today for a no-cost consultation with a respected and experienced family law attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and ensure they are fully protected.
When filing for divorce, or the dissolution of marriage, both spouses are typically concerned about property distribution. In some cases, divorcing couples are able to amicably negotiate the terms of property distribution themselves. However, if the divorce is contested, state specific laws will ultimately determine how property and assets will be divided.
If you are going through a divorce, it is essential that you seek the help of a qualified divorce attorney who can inform you of the laws in your state. Please contact the Law Office of Jeff Zurbriggen today for a FREE consultation.