SPENCER & TAYLOR ATTORNEYS AT LAW

(540) 463-7138

Offices in Lexington and Buena Vista

Family Law

 

The attorneys at Spencer & Taylor have the experience necessary to navigate any family law issue, whether it is simple or complicated. Tasks necessary to resolve these issues may include drafting a separation agreement, appearing in court, or participating in mediation or negotiations.

 

Divorce

When seeking a divorce both spouses face many legal and financial issues. Identifying assets and debts, establishing a separation agreement and determining appropriate spousal support payments are all ways in which we can help assist you during a divorce.

 

In a no-fault divorce, the spouses have lived separate and apart with the intent to obtain a divorce for over one year. If the spouses do not have children together, they may obtain a divorce after six months of separation.

In a collaborative divorce, the spouses have separate legal representation. The spouses and their attorneys work together to establish a fair and comprehensive resolution without court intervention. An uncontested divorce occurs when the spouses can resolve all issues themselves. Our attorneys can prepare a settlement agreement that encompasses the spouses' resolution, and then prepare and process all divorce papers.

 

In a contested divorce, the spouses do not agree on the terms of the divorce. Usually, there is a disagreement over child custody and support, spousal support, or property distribution. Our attorneys can advocate for you in court or during mediation to ensure that you achieve a fair resolution.

 

Child Custody, Visitation, and Support

 

A common issue in family law is establishing custody and visitation arrangements for children of separated parents. Child custody has two components: legal custody (how important decisions are made for the child) and physical custody (the child's schedule with each parent). These issues are determined through negotiation, mediation, or litigation. Our attorneys can provide representation in court proceedings, assistance with mediation and negotiation, and referrals to community resources.

 

When the parents of a child do not live together, the law requires that both parents provide financial support for the child according to their ability. Our attorneys have extensive experience and familiarity with the child-support guidelines that determine the child support amount. We will work with you to establish a fair and adequate child support plan for your child.

 

Additional Family Law Services

 

Spencer & Taylor can also assist with adoption, paternity issues, enforcement of judgments, legal separation, annulment, child support or spousal support modifications, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

 

Family law issues are commonly stressful to the family members involved, however, with the assistance of an attorney who will listen and provide individualized advice, these situations are easier to understand and more efficiently resolved.