At The Law Offices of Matthew Kelly Associates, we are committed to your legal success and overall well-being. As a former public defender and probation officer, our family law attorney is well-rounded and possesses a wealth of experience.
What is Family Law?
Any legal matter between individuals who are connected domestically falls under the umbrella of family law. This could include people who are related by blood, by marriage, or by more casual relationships. Because of the emotional and sensitive nature of many of these relationships, legal counsel is strongly advised. Lawyers can help to provide a sense of comfort and balance, and of course, strong legal representation.
Cases We Handle
We handle cases in a variety of areas including prenuptial agreements, abuse protection, adoption, paternity, child support, child custody, visitation, divorces, separations, and alimony. In these cases, there are certain legal requirements you must meet in order to see a successful outcome. Some of them include complex legalities that are nearly impossible for the average person to figure out on their own.
For instance, in child custody and visitation cases, all parameters between parties should be declared in legal, written agreements. Without the proper counsel, you could unknowingly waive your rights or fail to properly validate certain agreements. Adoption cases can also be somewhat complex, as each party involved has their own set of specific rights and responsibilities. This includes the adoptive parents, birth parents, and the child.
There are instances, such as filing a protection from abuse order, where you are not required to have a lawyer. However, it is highly recommended that you do seek representation. Allowing an attorney to handle the important legalities during an abuse case will go a long way in reducing your stress and anxiety levels.
When to Hire a Family Law Attorney
It’s never too early to hire a family law attorney. Choosing to seek legal representation at the onset is extremely beneficial, as it gives your lawyer more time to formulate a proper plan of action. However, attorneys are quite capable of stepping in at any point during the process to provide you with the necessary assistance.
With that said, there are several instances when you may want to consider hiring legal counsel as soon as possible. This includes domestic abuse, custody disagreements, complex financial issues, or if your estranged spouse has hired an attorney.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
The Law Offices of Matthew Kelly Associates offers free consultation services to all interested parties. During this time you will have an opportunity to ask questions relevant to your current or impending case. We will also provide you with the possible legal implications of your case, as well as likely options and outcomes. Give us a call to schedule your consultation today.