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Family Law
  - Divorce
  - Paternity
  - Adoption
  - Custody
  - Child Support
  - Modification
Mediation
   - Spanish speaking available   
Estate Planning (Wills/Trusts)

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Family Law

Many people remember their wedding day as one of the happiest days of their lives. Most people do not plan on getting a divorce on their wedding day. Rather, people expect their marriage to last forever. Even though most people know that there will be hard times mixed in with the good times, many look for a divorce at the first time of trouble.  

 

Statistics:

  • 60 percent of marriages for couples between the ages of 20 and 25 end in divorce. National Center for Health Statistics.

  • 50 percent of all marriages in which the brides are 25 or older result in a failed marriage. National Center for Health Statistics.

  • Research indicates that people who live together prior to getting married are more likely to have marriages that end in divorce.  The Boston Herald

  • Children of divorce have a higher risk of divorce when they marry, and an even higher risk if the person they marry comes from a divorced home. One study found that when the wife alone had experienced a parental divorce, her odds of divorce increased to 59 percent. Journal of Marriage and the Family.

 

Is there anything that you can do to help your marriage endure through the hard times? Marriage counseling can significantly improve your chances of avoiding a divorce. However, many, if not most, couples don’t go to counseling until their problems have gotten too serious. 

 

For marriage counseling to be effective, there must be a commitment to improving the relationship. After spending so much time and energy trying to make things right on your own, your willingness to make your marriage work may not be strong enough to allow the counseling to succeed.

 

Furthermore, what works for someone else may or may not work for you. Look at all the variables: you (and your preferences and your baggage), your spouse (and his/her preferences and baggage), the skills of the therapist, the problem, the values of the community in which you live, the values of the larger society in which you live, the economic conditions you are currently experiencing, etc. Your chances of successfully improving your marriage really cannot be calculated. Success comes down to your and your spouse's willingness and determination to make it happen. But you cannot expect a miracle cure. Like anything else, a marital relationship must be attended to, or it will deteriorate over time.

Unfortunately, marriage counseling and hard work will not save every marriage. Often times, one partner has cast their vote to end the marriage or has forever destroyed the trust between the couple. In times like that, divorce is the only solution. Sometimes divorce is in the best interst of the children involved especially when neglect or abuse are involved.

 

Choice Legal Services can help provide the legal services you need to close that chapter of your life and move on with the next chapter. Choice Legal Services can protect your rights and provide the legal assistance you need to give you the best possible environment for you and your children. Now, you have an affordable choice to help you navigate the court system. 

 

Mediation

Litigation is sometimes necessary when one party is unwilling to compromise. Mediation on the other hand can be a fast and inexpensive way to resolve a dispute. Often contract disputes can be resolved for a fraction of the costs and a fraction of the time. 

 

In family law, mediation is required before a judge can hear the matter at a trial. Further, the parties that create their own agreement in divorce are more likely to be happy with the result and abide by the agreement than when a court decides the issue. 

 

Finally, having a legally-trained mediator who can draft and file all of your legal documents can save you time and money while providing you with peace of mind that the divorce was done correctly. 

Estate Planning

Choice Legal Services offers basic estate planning including wills, trusts, and probate actions for those with a total net worth of less than $3 million. 

 

Many people do not consider how their assets will be passed on to their love ones until they are personally affected by a unexpected death in the family. Most of the time, they wish their loved ones would have taken the time to plan out their will or trust to let people know exactly their wishes.

 

In addition, many people neglect to make special plans to accomodate for step families or providing instructions regarding the care of young children should anything happen to both parents. 

 

We can help you consider your options and plan for the future.