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Family Law

The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold is dedicated to providing counsel to those individuals and families dealing with family law legal matters. With concern for the complex issues and emotions involved in Family Law cases, our firm emphasizes understanding each client’s concerns, then educating clients about their rights and choices and finally, working with them to achieve their goals.

Some of the Family law matters regularly handled by the firm include:

Divorce – A significant part of our family law practice deals with helping couples through a divorce and confronting the legal, emotional, and financial challenges that it may bring. It is important to consult with an experienced divorce attorney early. The Jeffrey D. Gold Law Firm can guide you through your divorce so that your rights are protected and the terms of the final dissolution decree are fair and equitable.

Child Custody – Individuals may deal with custody issues during a divorce, after a divorce, or as part of a relationship that may not have included marriage. A fair arrangement, based upon the children’s best interests, must be the result. We routinely handle child custody cases and can help to determine the best custody arrangement for you and your children. We will review the custody evaluator’s recommendations, identify the children’s preferences and work with you to devise a plan of custody for your children.

Child custody is dual faceted in that it encompasses both the physical and legal custody of the child. So there are two parts to the court order of custody. The Physical custody order determines where the child resides while the legal custody order sets forth the rights of each parent in the decision making process including the right to decide education preferences, religious practices, medical treatments and activity involvement. Both of these aspects must be considered during child custody proceedings.

Our team of child custody attorneys will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome while preserving your parental rights and protecting your children’s best interests If your custody arrangements are highly contested we have the trial experience necessary to successfully litigate your case.

Our law firm is highly rated and very experienced in family law litigation. We have the expertise and experience to handle and counsel families through any disposition of custody terms.

Visitation Rights – During divorce proceedings or when parents otherwise separate, visitation and the amount of time that parents are allowed to spend with their children is a very highly debated issue, ripe with emotion and fear. Our law firm will advocate zealously to protect your visitation rights for the children in your life.

Child Support – Parents are often faced with the issue of child support or maintenance during divorce proceedings or upon termination of relationships that never contemplated marriage. This area of law can be complex and highly adversarial. We will carefully analyze the various factors considered by the courts in awarding child support and will help you compile the financial information to support your position. We will also examine the other parent’s current situation in order to make certain your support order is fair in light of both party’s monthly income and lifestyle.

Modification of Current Child Support Orders – If you already have a child support order in place, you may be in need of a modification of the monthly obligation. In general, a court may modify a child support order if it finds the financial status of either party has substantially changed and the current support obligation is no longer fair. For instance, if the parent paying support suddenly becomes disabled and is no longer able to work, the court will likely consider reducing his support obligation to meet his current income level. Conversely, if either parent experiences a sudden increase in monthly income, the court may decide to adjust the monthly support amount accordingly. If you require a modification to your child support order, our attorneys will help your compile the requisite financial documentation and present your case presentation to the judge in the proceeding.

Spousal Support – Courts have the ability to award a spousal support provision as a term of its order dissolving a marriage. It is extremely important that the court be made aware of all the relevant factors affecting such an order. Our law firm will diligently pursue an award in your favor.

Property Evaluation and Division – Protecting your interests to assure a fair distribution of marital assets and property is a challenging process and one that the Jeffrey D. Gold firm takes seriously. We are very experienced in this area of family law. Having our competent legal representation will safeguard your financial and proprietary interests in this highly litigated area of family law.

Paternity – Paternity lawsuits are sometimes necessary to determine parental rights, custody or support matters when the identity of the biological father is in question or has been challenged. In these instances, the court will order a genetic test. The results of this test are then used to establish a legal relationship between the parent and child and determine the extent to which the father has an obligation to support the child. Even if the biological father does not wish to play an active role in the child’s upbringing, he still has the obligation to provide financial support to the minor.

These suits may be brought by the mother, the presumed father (in many instances the husband of the mother), the man alleged to be the father, a government agency or the child through an adult representative.

This is a specialized area of law which requires representation from an attorney who is familiar with the court process in these matters and who has the experience to give you knowledgeable advice as well as litigate your interests with vigor.

We also offer competent and experienced representation in other family law matters such as: Prenuptial Agreements, Domestic Partnerships, Surrogacy, Mediation, Child Relocation Matters, Paternity Actions, Adoption, and Domestic Violence to name a few.

For a free initial consultation with The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation call us at TEL: 562-348-9702 or contact us online.

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