Family Law Attorneys in Vancouver, WA

There are many aspects of family law. The most common among them is divorce. A divorce is not an event that people plan for. That’s why filing for a divorce can be particularly traumatic, even more so when it involves a family. Utilizing the services of an attorney who specializes in family law and divorce in Vancouver, WA, can help you through a difficult time while ensuring you have the best outcome for you and your children. The attorneys with Brian Walker Law Firm, P.C., are ready to assist you with your divorce.

Most people don’t realize they need the assistance of an attorney until they are pretty far into divorce proceedings. At Brian Walker Law Firm, P.C., in Vancouver, we recommend utilizing the services of our trusted legal counsel as soon as possible. Doing so can protect your rights and the rights of your children. The United States legal system is complicated, so having the expertise of a bar-certified attorney will ensure the best possible outcome for everyone involved with the case. Whether your family law requirements are of child custody, mediation, adoption or divorce we are the legal team backing you up.

Legal Services

Family law encompasses a variety of proceedings, many of them overlapping. With Brian Walker Law Firm, P.C., in Vancouver, WA, we practice all aspects of family law, so you only need to hire one attorney. No matter your situation, we are dedicated to ensuring a favorable resolution that is in the best interests of all parties and abides by the court’s process.

Divorce

A divorce is the legal and document end of a lawful marriage. Both parties revert to single status, divide up assets, decided upon alimony, determine child custody and child support if children are involved and cease to be married. Divorce can be straight forward and fast if everyone agrees on how all the essential components like custody, child support, asset division, and neither party contests anything.

Reasons for a divorce can include:

  • Desertion
  • Adultery
  • Physical mistreatment
  • Emotional mistreatment
  • Substance abuse and addictions
  • A couple does not get along

Annulment

Annulment proceedings remove the marriage from court records and invalidate it, so it appears as it never existed. Annulments are rarely granted. Seeking legal counsel from Brian Walker Law Firm P.C. about a possible annulment will help you more fully understand your rights and options.

Reasons for an annulment may be:

  • Forced consent
  • Underage spouse
  • Mental or physical inability
  • Fraud
  • Bigamy
  • Incest

Alimony

Alimony is a monetary provision ordered by the courts for the financial support of one spouse by another. Some former spouses forego alimony as they do not fully understand their rights. Ensuring an adequate alimony is issued is why utilizing an attorney with Brian Walker is so crucial. Allow our team to help you know what you are entitled to in your divorce.

Liabilities and Assets

Property gained or acquired during a marriage comprise assets or holdings. Liabilities are typically a financial debt that you and a former spouse are responsible for. Both assets and liabilities must be divided up during a divorce.

Assets can include:

  • Vehicles
  • Property and houses
  • Bank accounts
  • Retirement accounts
  • Business interests

Liabilities may include:

  • Student debt
  • Mortgages
  • Car loans
  • Credit card debt

Child Custody and Parental Rights

Child custody and parental rights are among the most contested and challenging aspects of a divorce. We advocate you contact an attorney if you have children and are considering a divorce. Regardless of how well you and your former spouse get along, an attorney will ensure that your rights and the rights of your children are heard throughout the divorce. Mothers and fathers both have rights that are recognized by the courts and unfortunately, individuals will forfeit their rights before they know what they are. An attorney, like those with Brian Walker Law Firm, P.C., will ensure that your rights as a parent are met through your divorce.

Legal aspects regarding custody can include:

  • The child’s age, gender, mental and physical health
  • Physical and mental well-being of parents
  • Lifestyle and social elements
  • Love and emotional ties between parent and child
  • Parents’ ability to provide food, shelter, clothing and medical care
  • Quality of schools in the location
  • Child’s inclination if over age 12
  • Capacity and willingness of the parent to nurture a good relationship between the child and another parent
  • Environmental stability

Family law practices are experienced in establishing a strong child custody case and arranging reasonable parent time schedules. These are the types of custody arrangements we can create:

  • Legal custody: The right and responsibility to make decisions about child rearing. This includes education, religion, medical care and punishment. When given joint legal custody, parents share these rights.
  • Physical custody: The right of a parent to have a child with him or her. Most courts order joint physical custody, though the time-split is often different than 50/50.
  • Sole custody: Sole custody arrangements provide one parent with complete custody rights and allow the other only visitation rights.
  • Joint custody: This custody allows parents to synchronize their schedules and share decision-making responsibility.
  • Bird’s nest custody: This happens when the child lives in one home and parents interchange in and out of the home and take turns caring for the child.

Child Support

Child support is paid to the parent with primary custody and is designed to be applied towards the basic needs and upkeep of the children. This pre-arranged amount of money is decided upon by a calculator through the courts. Factors like income, number and ages of children and cost of living are factored into this equation.

Mediation

Mediation can quickly clear family conflicts and bring an end to challenges and arguments that are financially and emotionally draining. This process is mediated by an impartial third party who encourages amicable agreements. The attorneys with Brian Walker Law Firm, P.C., can help with all family mediation services you require.

Contact Our Family Law Attorneys

Our attorneys are available to answer your questions regarding any family legal issues you are facing. Our expert team in Vancouver, WA, are experienced in adoption and severing of parental rights as well. There is no need to become overwhelmed with legal situations when the attorneys with Brian Walker are eager to assist you. You are not alone, turn to the team dedicated to your best outcome. In the Vancouver, WA, area, call 360-695-8886.

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