Family Law

DIVORCE

 

Often when a marriage comes to an end, it is an emotional event even under the best of circumstances.  At the Law Offices of Nicole Ford, we seek to make the process and transition as easy and painless as possible.  We seek what's fair for our clients but recognize that the law doesn't always seem fair and it's not always about the money.

 

We seek to make the process one where our clients participate fully, making the final decisions in their cases with our guidance on the legal matters.

 

Divorce involves a number of things: child custody, visitation, support issues, division of property and debt.  The Law Offices of Nicole Ford can assist you in navigating this often complicated, emotional process with care and skill.

 

PATERNITY

 

When two people are not married but have children together and split up, they often file a confidential paterntiy action formally called a UPA (Uniform Parentage Action).  It is under this type of case that custody and visitation, as well as child support can be determined.  

 

Unlike divorces, there is no division of property or debts and there is no spousal support paid to or by either party.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

Domestic violence affects everyone in a family -- but those affected most are the children exposed to violence.  Studies show that children exposed to domestic violence (including but not limited to physical violence between parents, emotional and verbal abuse between parents, abuse directed at the children) grow up to be abused or abusers; have higher instances of behavioral and mental health issues; are more likely to become homeless or fail out of school.  

 

The Law Offices of Nicole Ford is highly skilled in navigating the unique issues in cases with domestic violence having over 11 years experience in the field of domestic violence and family law.  Let us help you and your children find a safe resolution to your domestic violence issues.

 

CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION

 

At the heart of most cases is the well being adn best interest of minor children in the household.  There are many factors that go into what is in a child's best interest and the safety and well-being of children is of the utmost important for the Law Offices of Nicole Ford.  

 

Whenever there are minor children involved, we prioritize their safety and best interests and seek to avoid any additional harm and trauma to kids who are already being upended by the separation of their parents.

 

CHILD SUPPORT AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT