Legal issues related to marriage can range from understanding requirements for getting married in your state to protecting the financial and property rights of new spouses. Whether you need information on getting a marriage license, or would like to create a prenuptial agreement, a number of legal and personal issues can arise in any matter involving marriage and the law.
Even though legal matters involving marriage have the potential to be stressful and emotional, having an experienced family law attorney on your side can make the process easier, and can help to ensure that your rights and interests are protected to the fullest extent possible.
How a Family Law Attorney Can Help
No matter the specific circumstances of your legal issue related to marriage, having an experienced family law attorney on your side throughout the process can help. Perhaps more so than in other types of civil law cases, what can be at stake in a matter involving marriage and the law can seriously impact you, people you care about, and your financial situation.
An important reason to hire an attorney is for peace of mind. Planning a wedding ceremony can be a stressful time for everyone involved. Hiring an attorney to assist you with the red tape and paperwork is one way to reduce the stress. While the attorney will need to gather information from you and your future spouse, he or she will take care of almost everything else, allowing you to devote more time to the enjoyable parts of matrimony like selecting the perfect wedding gown or deciding which exotic location to go for your honeymoon. You have enough things to worry about when you are getting married, let an attorney take care of the legal work.
Family Court Experience
Should you have to go to court, before, during or after the wedding ceremony, an experienced family law attorney will evaluate your case with you -- explaining what you can expect at every stage in the process, and identifying your options. Your attorney will represent you zealously, and will act to protect both your legal rights and your personal interests, all with the goal of ensuring that the outcome of your case is as favorable for you as possible.
During the legal process, a good family law attorney can deal most effectively and expediently with opposing counsel in the early exchange of information (the "discovery" process), during informal settlement negotiations, and in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or family court.
If a trial becomes necessary, a family law attorney will represent you in court and work toward achieving the best possible jury verdict in your favor.
Finding an Experienced Family Law Attorney
Marriage laws change constantly. If you have a question about marriage laws in your state, you may wish to contact a family law attorney for assistance. To find a family law attorney or law firm to help you with any legal issue related to marriage, click on the following link to the FindLaw Lawyer Directory or go to the "Find a Lawyer" box below. Most offer free consultations, so your first step should be to consider sitting down with an experienced family law attorney.