There are a number of reasons why one would seek the counsel of a family law attorney, and with over twenty attorneys qualified and practicing family law in the Avon, Connecticut area, you can rest assured that you will find one specializing in your area of concern.
A long list
When one thinks of family law, the first thing that normally comes to mind is divorce, but a family law attorney can be called upon to handle a variety of matters related to the family. The list is long but the more common issues include legal separation, annulment, child custody, child support, spousal support, and domestic violence. And under these broad headings there are many areas which could require the expertise of a family law attorney. None of them pleasant – and as the issues being dealt with tend to take their toll on emotions, nerves and the pocket book,due care should be taken when selecting a lawyer for your particular need.
And while most of the matters that family law attorneys deal with have to do with the end of a relationship, there are matters they can assist you with at the beginning of a relationship…
Coming together – domestic partnership attorneys
Domestic partnerships are becoming more and more common and - worded in the most technical of terms - entail the establishment of a formal partnership of two cohabiting individuals who, by choice or virtue of state law, are not legally married, but are living as a married couple. The combining of their assets can lead to legal difficulties if and when they decide to end the relationship – just as they would have they been legally married. This is where a family law specialist comes in – they can aid with the drafting of what for all intents and purposes can be likened to a pre-nuptial agreement or a business contract.
The partnership agreement willcover a multitude of matters - joint ownership of shared propertyand other assets,joint bank accounts, property acquired after the agreement was signed, and can even provide for support payments. The agreement deals with what happens in the event of a relationship breakdown and termination. It can also cover such matters as child custody, visitation rights, and division of assets.
After the relationship has been formalized, papers signed and assets combined, financial matters can tend to be more complexthan they had previously been. Especially if the couple has engaged in a business enterprise, traded on the stock market, borrowed money as a couple, invested in rental property… the list is endless and as varied as peoples’ lifestyles and interests. It is easy to see what a difficult and complex process the fair division of a few years of acquired assets can be, even with a partnership agreement in place.
So when choosing your attorney and drafting a partnership agreement do attempt to provide for all foreseeable circumstances – it may save a lot of grief should the relationship end.