Divorce & Family Law
No area of law is more difficult to face than matters involving your family. Seeking the legal assistance of a knowledgeable and understanding family law attorney should be your first priority. Attorney Lynn Abbott has spent most of her career in family court advocating on behalf of her clients. Clients often express their gratitude and appreciation for her work in achieving favorable outcomes for them not only from a legal standpoint, but on a personal level as well.
You may need assistance in a wide variety of cases, including:
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-The ability of each spouse to pay alimony
-The ability of each spouse to become gainfully employed
-The cost and duration of training necessary for each spouse to be capable of obtaining gainful employment
-The nature of the sacrifice made that creates the basis of the alimony request
Child Custody & Visitation
-If the parent is emotionally and intellectually able to meet the child’s needs.
-The health (mental and physical) of both the child and the parent
-The stability of the home
-If there are siblings or other family members living in the home, whether or not they would be a threat or detriment to the child.
-Whether or not the parents are able to have a working relationship with each other
-And if the child is old enough, where he/she would most like to be.
Besides income, there are other factors that go into determining child support. Such as:
-The financial resources of each parent
-What the child’s standard of living would be if the marriage remained in tact
-The child’s educational needs
-The child’s particular physical and emotional condition
-If the child has access to financial resources
Restraining Order for Abuse
1. Temporary restraining order: Typically issued if you are likely to suffer severe injury if you do not get an immediate protective order. Designed to offer temporary relief until a hearing can be held to address a final order.
2. Emergency restraining order: Issued outside of court. When you need immediate protection outside of regular court hours. In this case, you do not need to face your abuser in court. This is also a temporary measure.
3. Final restraining order: Issued for up to three years with the possibility of extension. Designed for long-term protection based on the evidence and specifics of the domestic abuse case.If you or one of your family members is experiencing domestic abuse, please seek qualified legal counsel immediately. We can help ensure the safety of you and your family.
The experienced attorneys at Martineau Davis & Associates can guide you through all aspects of alimony, divorce, custody, visitation, child support, domestic violence, and divorce. When counseling family law clients, our attorneys prepare the client to deal with what can be a difficult time, and focus primarily on the best way to insulate the children from the process. In cases involving divorce casualties affected by parental alienation or other child abuse, Martineau Davis & Associates advocates swiftly and aggressively for the child or children.
We consider ourselves to be true partners with our clients and their families, looking out for their legal needs in every way. Each family law matter is handled with the utmost sensitivity to the personal aspects of the case.
How many years of experience does the firm have in Family Law? Are there any associations with which you are members?
We’ve been practicing Family Law for over 25 years. We have been a members of the American Inns of Court and the Family Court Bench Bar.
What inspired you to focus on Family Law?
Our Family Law attorney Lynn Abbott, started her career with developed a big Family Law practice. Although she was initially hired to practice in the area of civil litigation; after a few years the family law practice grew so large that she was pulled in to working on those files. Soon thereafter, she found she liked the family court work, the issues and the clientele. She soon found she was good at it and had a nice rapport with the clients. Shortly after, she developed her own caseload and clients.
Did you find it more rewarding than focusing on civil litigation?
As attorneys we are taught the tools to resolve others problems. Every practice of law is rewarding when you can help someone do that.
What are the most common family law type of cases that you handle?
Divorce is the main area, but we also do restraining orders, child custody and child support matters. We have an adoption matter right now which is a gay couple, so it’s a first for the firm, it’s called a co-parent adoption.
How do you feel that you make the legal process easier for the families who are going through some of these really trying times?
We make the legal process easier for families because of our experience and knowledge of the law and knowing how judges will view certain issues that come up in the family court forum. With our experience we can often time fast forward the clients to resolution by explaining to them the process and potential outcomes. We try to get families to bypass all the unnecessary emotional matters.
Why would you hire your firm for a family law situation?
We are very responsive to our clients and understanding of their situation. We have a deep knowledge of their legal issues through experience and hard work. Our reputation gains the respect of Family Court Judges and court personnel. We bring compassion as well as a diligent work ethic to the client that sets us apart from most attorneys.
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