Family ties are thought to be the most private and enduring relationships in society. As most can attest, however, these relationships are rarely free from conflict. When domestic issues cannot be solved within the home, family law seeks to restore order and provide a fair resolution for all parties involved.
For many, family law is thought to be synonymous with divorce proceedings. In reality, divorce is just one aspect of family law which covers a broad array of domestic issues including adoption, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, paternity, and child support issues.
When legal action is necessary to resolve familial matters, it is essential that you entrust your most private matters to a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney. Our dedicated attorneys and staff serve as good listeners, confidants, and advocates for all of our clients during their most difficult times.
Divorce proceedings usually involve intense emotions and significant expense. Our dedicated matrimonial attorneys can work with you throughout the divorce process to minimize the emotional strain and cost normally associated with these proceedings. We handle both complex contested and uncontested divorces.
During the divorce proceedings, we will assess all of the assets and debt and strive to attain the largest possible distribution of marital assets for our clients. When appropriate, we will work closely with you to guarantee proper financial support through alimony. If children are involved, we will work with you to help you obtain custody of your children, child support payments or help in the development of a parenting plan, if preferred.
If you and your spouse choose to keep your divorce proceedings private and away from the courts, our law firm will work with you through voluntary mediation known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). During this process, both you and your spouse will meet with a neutral mediator to help resolve issues by bringing both parties to an agreement. With ADR, there is complete disclosure and no litigation. Many individuals prefer this method as it tends to be faster, less costly and produces a more amicable outcome.
The dissolution of any marriage or partnership raises a plethora of issues. When children are involved, the resulting issues are even more complex as custody and child support issues come to the forefront. To ensure that a fair arrangement, based upon the children’s best interests, is reached, you should contact knowledgable attorneys.
Our law firm routinely handles 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 explain how local and state laws impact your specific case and family situation. Considering these factors, our attorneys will 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. Physical custody is where the child resides while legal custody entails the decision making process for the parents 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 attorneys will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome while preserving your parental rights and protecting your children’s best interests.
The Kohan Law Group routinely handles matters involving child support, whether they are ancillary to the divorce proceeding or partnership separation, or arise at a later date when there is a need for an adjustment based upon the child’s needs or financial status of a parent.
Our team of attorneys will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome that keeps your child’s best interest in mind, while preserving your rights as a parent.
Unfortunately, divorces and separations can inevitably turn ugly. If one spouse or partner engages in a number of behaviors against the other, including harassment, assault, stalking, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief, steps can be taken to ensure that these behaviors stop. A judge may issue an order of protection, ultimately leading to a more permanent stay-away order or an order prohibiting continued behaviors, and possibly an order requiring the reimbursement of counsel fees and/or medical bills (if applicable) to the petitioning party.
If your spouse or partner is engaging in such a pattern of behavior against you or your children, call the Kohan Law Group to put it to an end as soon as possible and ensure your family’s safety.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Cases
The Kohan Law Group also handles petitions for guardianship for immigrant minors based on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) pursuant to 8 USC § 1101(a)(27)(j). The purpose of the SIJS program is to help foreign children in the United States who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected.