| Family Domestic Law |
Our firm has been helping families navigate this difficult time in their lives for 100 years. We have experience with complex divorce cases necessary to protect you. Whether you need a prenuptial agreement to protect your property or are going through a child custody dispute, we can help.
Modification of Child Custody
While children need stability and security, their lives are far from static. As time passes from the entry of a custody determination and and the lives of parents and their children change, a modification of the original order may be necessary to serve the best interests of the children.
Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter, PC is committed to helping you reshape your custody arrangement to ensure that the best interests of your children continue to be at the center of your custody determination.
Generally, a modification of a child custody determination will be granted upon a showing of a change in circumstances. Additionally, the court must determine that a change to the custody determination is necessary to serve the best interests of the children.
While there are many nuances to the analysis, an experienced family law attorney at Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter can navigate you through modifying your custody determinant comply with a number of specific requirements in order to do so. Relocation cases are complex and difficult matters, depending upon the circumstances. Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter, PC can help you analyze and plan for your relocation in order to be successful. Relocating the primary residence of a child permanently requires the parent seeking to move to send notice of his or her proposed relocation to the other parent at least sixty (60) days in advance of the move. The notice must include a number of specific information, including but not limited to the proposed new address and the reasons for the move itself. Once the notice is received, the other parent has only thirty (30) days to file an objection to the relocation with the court. If an objection is filed, the parent who wishes to move must prove to the court that the move is being made in good faith and not simply to separate the child from the other parent and that the move is in the best interest of the child. Relocation litigation can be prolonged and difficult. If you are considering relocating with your child, plan in advance and consult with an experienced family law attorney at Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter, PC to assist you in navigating the complexities and pitfalls of moving.
Maintenance is the modern-day equivalent of a form of marital support traditionally called “alimony.” Maintenance is available to either spouse, regardless of gender, as a form of relief in a divorce action. Maintenance may be needed by one spouse from the other for a multitude of reasons. The spouse seeking maintenance may have a lesser ability to support themselves because he or she forwent a career in order to focus on raising the parties’ children. The spouse seeking maintenance may have a disability or other condition that impedes his or her ability to support themselves.
Awards of maintenance are granted when the court believes that the party seeking spousal support does not have sufficient income-producing property to provide for his or her reasonable needs and is also unable to support him or herself through appropriate employment. The court then must determine the amount of an award of spousal maintenance as well as the duration the award should be in effect. The court must consider a number of factors in making its determination, including but not limited to:
1. The financial resources of the parties;
2. The parties’ education and training;
3. The earning capacities of each party;
4. The standard of living established during the marriage;
5. Duration of the marriage; and,
6. The physical condition of both parties.
Maintenance claims require complex analysis and a multi-faceted approach. The attorneys of Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter, PC are experienced in litigating issues regarding spousal maintenance and can assist you in pursuing your claim.
The number of children born to unmarried parents continues to grow every year. If you have a child outside of a marriage you need a paternity action to protect your parental rights to legal paternity, custody, visitation or child support.
Custody & Visitation
Custody plans are one of the most highly contested aspects in divorces, paternity actions and modifications. These plans have a large effect on you and your child’s day to day life. When establishing a custody plan for your child, the court will decide the issues based on what is in the best interests of your child. Guidance from one of our experienced family law attorneys will help you evaluate your options and navigate the factors the court uses to determine what is in your child’s best interest. The factors include, but are not limited to:
- Age of the child
- Child’s wishes
- Parent’s wishes
- Mental health concerns
- Substance abuse concerns
- Ability & willingness of the parents to co-parent effectively
- Which parent encourages a frequent, continuing & meaningful relationship with
the other parent
- Child’s adjustment to community and extended family
Custody plans can also be established by agreement of the parties outside the courtroom, as
long as the court finds that the agreement is in your child’s best interest. This allows parents to
cooperate in coming to an agreement that is unique to their lifestyles.
Adoptions are a rewarding part of our practice because we get the honor of helping you expand your family. Our firm handles contested, uncontested and adult adoptions.
Your financial child support award or obligation is highly individualized and based upon a
number of factors, including but not limited to:
- Financial needs and resources of the child and parents
- Health care expenses
- Work-related child care expenses
- Support paid and/or received for other children
- Physical custody arrangements
Nuances arise in determining a parties’ income, especially when a party is self-employed,
underemployed or has additional sources of income. Underemployed parties oftentimes are
imputed a wage in determining child support obligations, depending on the circumstances.
Our attorneys can assist you with a number of child support issues, including establishing
original child support orders, modifying existing child support orders, rebutting child support
calculations, collecting overdue child support, litigating administrative child support matters,
and terminating of child support obligations.
Orders of Protection (Ex Parte)
Restraining orders can protect you or your loved ones, ranging from protections against adult abuse or child abuse.
Guardianship and Conservatorship
A guardianship or conservatorship may be necessary to help you protect your loved one. We handle both adult and minor guardianships and conservatorships.
Grandparents rights can range from visitation to guardianship or adoption. We can use a number of legal avenues to protect your relationship with your grandchildren.
Juvenile law entails juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect cases. Juvenile law is complex. Whether your child has been charged as a juvenile delinquent or your parental rights are being threatened due to a child abuse or neglect allegation, we have the legal knowledge necessary to protect your rights.