At Klevan Law Office, we understand that when you have a family law problem, your goals for resolving often include things that are much more important than money. That’s why we provide individualized representation on every case and look for solutions that protect your emotional wellbeing, relationships, and financial interests. We assist with a wide range of family law matters including the following.
Whether you’re in a hotly contested divorce or agree with your soon-to-be former spouse on just about everything, it’s important to protect your legal rights and interests during a divorce. Your divorce settlement will be one of the biggest financial decisions you ever make, and decisions regarding your children will shape their lives for years.
Establishing paternity is critical to protecting the rights of mothers, fathers, and children. Legally-established paternity is a requirement in order to receive child support and to secure custody or visitation rights. We assist both with the paternity process and with related legal issues such as custody and support.
Judges have a mandate to make custody decisions that are in the best interests of the children, and the modern thinking is that custody should be shared by default. However, your family situation may make a modified custody arrangement more appropriate, and we can help you achieve that goal.
The purpose of alimony is to protect spouses who made financial sacrifices to make non-financial contributions to a marriage. We assist with setting the appropriate alimony amount, determining the length of alimony, and seeking adjustments of alimony if the circumstances later change.
While child support is largely based on a formula that takes into account each parent’s income, there may be times when adjustments are needed due to a child’s exceptional educational, medical, or other expenses. We also assist in collecting child support when one parent has failed to meet their obligations.
When a judge rules on issues like alimony, custody, and child support, the decision isn’t permanent. If either party has a change in circumstances, such as a significant change in income or relocating to a new city, we can help you go back to family court to seek an updated order that matches your present circumstances.
Post-Divorce Estate Planning
After a divorce, it’s usually necessary to update your estate planning documents. This often includes removing your ex-spouse from your will, ensuring your children would be properly cared for if something happened to you, and updating your medical powers of attorney.
Many of the family disputes we see could have been resolved with a strong prenuptial agreement. In addition to helping make the divorce process go more smoothly, the process of making a prenuptial agreement forces couples to have in-depth financial discussions that head off many of the financial disputes that commonly lead to divorce.
If you need help with a family law matter in the Boston area or eastern Massachusetts, including Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Weston, Cambridge, Boston, or Brookline, contact us today to schedule a consultation.