Representing Clients in all Legal Matters Related to Family
Family law defines the obligations and responsibilities of individuals in all matters related to family, such as the termination of a relationship or estate planning. Family law encompasses many practice areas, including dissolution of marriage, alimony, equitable distribution of assets and debts, co-parenting issues, paternity, modifications, child support, and estate planning and administration. These are highly charged, emotional issues for all the parties involved. High-conflict divorce, child abuse cases, and termination of parental rights are among the most traumatic cases. The court system, having jurisdiction over domestic matters, attempts to find the best possible legal solutions for families in crisis.
The role of a family law attorney is to manage legal issues and disputes between family members, remaining empathetic while providing support, advocacy, and resources that will facilitate their client to move forward. A family law attorney offers legal counsel and representation in courtroom proceedings and mediation services.
At C.J. Hilliard Law, P.A., Your Family is Our Focus
The process of family law, in divorce cases, begins when two parties are unable to resolve domestic issues, and they seek legal assistance for the dissolution of their marriage. When a divorce petition is filed, this is the time to request protective orders, if needed, and temporary court orders for child support, visitation, and alimony. Temporary court orders are in effect until the final court decree for the dissolution of marriage is in place. Refusing to adhere to temporary or permanent court orders can result in contempt of court charges.
During a divorce, the court system will appoint a mediator. This third-party neutral person intervenes and mediates any conflicts the couple may have regarding a parenting plan or the distribution of their assets and debts. There is a courtroom proceeding for unresolved issues after mediation. The judge will examine the evidence and testimony and make a judgment, finalizing a divorce decree.
Modifications of Court Orders
Following a divorce, there can be appeals to request modifications of the divorce decree, which can occur when either party’s lifestyle changes, often in areas such as relocation, remarriage, parenting plans, and monetary issues.
A family law attorney advises clients on the legal aspects of implementing an estate plan. A revocable or irrevocable trust or a will is drafted to give the client peace of mind that their wishes will be carried out for personal and business matters after death or if incapacitated. Each estate plan is unique to the individual. Estate plans, and beneficiary designations must be reviewed whenever there is a significant life change such as divorce, marriage, childbirth, or a family member’s death.
Contact a Caring Orlando and Central Florida Attorney
Attorney Claire J. Hilliard and the legal team provide knowledgeable and compassionate services to our clients in all family law matters. We offer personalized services, collaborating with our clients to provide a comprehensive plan for the future. We believe in families and diligently work to deliver the best results for each client. Call C.J. Hilliard Law, P.A. at (407) 656-1576 to schedule a consultation at our Winter Garden, Florida office for peace of mind and to protect you and your family.