| Family Domestic Law |
Whether you are in the middle of a divorce or contemplating one, you may very well be overwhelmed with uncertainty about your future. Divorce can be a very emotional and stressful process, which requires an advocate that guide you through making difficult decisions about your future. Our attorneys are well versed in all areas of a divorce, which will assist in alleviating your stress. At Kranitz, Sadoun and Carpenter, PC, our family law attorneys are experienced at piloting through the complexities you may be facing. With each new client, we evaluate claims and devise custom strategies tailored for your specific circumstances. Our firm is well-known for thorough preparation, zealous advocacy, and winning at trial. We will put forth all our efforts to secure the best outcome for your situation.
Divorce Requires A Compassionate, Yet Zealous Approach
Couples do not get married while also planning to divorce. When you are facing a divorce, your future plan no longer seems as certain as it once did. We understand the stress that comes along with uncertainty about your future, your children and your financial stability. We will walk you through the transitions of dividing a home into two homes along with the protections of your standards of living.
We regularly assist clients with divorce matters, including:
- Property division and real estate matters
- Custody and parenting time issues
- Business valuation and income determination
- Spousal maintenance and support
- Child support and expenses
- Enforcement of prenuptial/postnuptial agreements
Your divorce may be straightforward, or it may have many complexities involved. Regardless, we are able to assist you in developing the right approach to resolve your case as positively as possible. Our goal is to alleviate some of your stress by partnering with you in the management of your case from beginning to end.
Modification of Child Custody
While children need stability and security, their lives are not static. As time passes from the entry of a custody determination 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 and 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 and Carpenter can navigate you through modifying your custody arrangement and comply with a number of specific requirements in order to do so. Relocation cases are complex and difficult matters that often turn on the specific circumstances in your case. Kranitz, Sadoun and 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 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 and 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 and 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 and child support.
Custody & Visitation
Custody plans are one of the most highly contested aspects in divorces, paternity actions and modifications. These plans have a significant 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 and willingness of the parents to co-parent effectively
- Which parent encourages a frequent, continuing and 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 are often 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 to 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.
Grandparent rights can range from visitation to guardianship or adoption. We can utilize 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.