Frequently Asked Family Law Questions
What are the advantages to hiring an attorney?
It can be tempting to try and navigate the legal system without a lawyer’s help, but this can be stressful and frustrating. It’s important to remember that there is much more to your legal matter than simply filing the right paperwork. At Hope Law Firm P.C., we will help you identify clear goals — such as gaining physical custody of your child or holding onto specific assets in a divorce — and we will lay out a detailed legal strategy to help you achieve those goals.
Family law matters are often inherently emotional. Part of your attorney’s job is to lift some of that stress from your shoulders by providing quick and thorough answers to your questions as they come up as well as well-reasoned advice on handling your case. Our goal is to keep our clients informed so they can make educated decisions with confidence.
Are all divorces high-conflict?
The short answer to this question is no. Almost all divorces cause a certain amount of pain and stress, but some come with more conflict than others. Our firm has extensive experience in handling “high-conflict” cases, and if you call into that category, our firm can help provide you with strategies moving through the divorce process and in custody disputes.
Having helped many clients facing divorce, though, our firm can offer a broader perspective and help you identify the legal strategy that makes the most sense in your case. When appropriate, we can help you avoid expensive, time-consuming litigation through the mediation process.
What do I need to know about my case?
We can help you get oriented in your legal matter even if you are starting from scratch. But the more you know about your own goals, the better.
If you are facing divorce, it is especially useful to think about:
- How are your family’s assets organized? Do you and your spouse have joint bank accounts?
- What is your ideal child custody arrangement? What is your ideal child support arrangement?
- Why are you considering divorce? Are there any special circumstances at play, such as instances of adultery or family violence?
When do I need to consult an attorney?
It is never too early to speak with an experienced lawyer about your family matter. At Hope Family Law P.C., we will answer your legal questions thoroughly, whether you are just beginning to think about a legal matter or need urgent assistance.