Family Law

The laws governing family and family relationships are expansive and reach many areas of our every day lives.  Disputes among and between close family members are often emotional and hard fought.

The stakes are often high–Who will have custody of the children if we divorce?  How will the family business be divided?  Should we enter into a prenuptial agreement before we marry?  How can I stop the physical abuse? Who will take the kids as a deduction on the tax return after we separate?  What does it take to adopt our grandchildren?  Why has someone from the Department of Family and Protective Services taken my children?  The non-custodial parent is not paying support and I just can’t seem to make him or her understand how much the kids need it.

A “family” is no longer defined in the traditional manner as being composed of a married heterosexual couple with 2.5 children.   Single individuals are raising children alone.  Heterosexual and same sex couples are seeking surrogates or are adopting.  People unrelated by formal marriage are living together, bearing and raising children.   Affluent middle aged people with grown children are marrying for the second or third time. Addictions affect the ability of some parents to properly care for and protect their children and are blind to ethnicity, level of education,  and social or economic status. Blended families are common.

Family law is complex.  Those immersed in the throes of emotion must have a stable advocate.  Here, at Peter G. Milne, P.C., we  are understanding and compassionate but also objective and focused.  We have the ability to advocate for the position of our client and keep the bigger picture in mind. We wage every battle in the context of achieving the ultimate objective, whatever that might be.   Our task is not only to advocate for our client, but to provide the best information and most sound advice, so that he or she may make the best decisions for his or her family in times of upheaval and uncertainty.

The following are a sample of typical legal services we offer in the area of “Family Law”.   Contact us immediately if you need assistance or have questions.

  • Counseling and drafting of pre-marital agreements
  • Drafting and execution of post-martial agreements
  • Separation and divorce
  • Protective orders to prevent domestic/sexual abuse and violence
  • Custody disputes
  • Parentage actions
  • Division of marital property and debt
  • Confirmation of separate property
  • Voluntary or involuntary termination of parental rights
  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy Agreements
  • Enforcement of court orders involving support or possession
  • Representation in child removal suits by the Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Pseudo marriage contracts between same sex couples
  • Tax planning and treatment for separated/divorced spouses

The dark, uneasy world of family life–where the greatest can fail and the humblest succeed.
— Randall Jarrell

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