Nothing is more important than family. And when your rights are at stake, you need compassionate yet tough legal representation in your corner. For over 25 years, the Colwell Law Group has provided representation to family members seeking to vindicate their rights. Please contact us today for your no risk consultation.
Cases We Handle
Our experience is deep and makes us the go-to firm in Washington County. We have helped clients with:
Child custody disputes
Child abuse or neglect cases
Interstate support issues
Regardless of the case, our approach is the same. We carefully review the surrounding factual circumstances and vigorously promote our client’s interests.
New York’s domestic relations law provides the framework for protecting your rights during a family law dispute. Court opinions provide additional detail and carry the force of law, as well. Whatever your dispute, you can be sure that your family law attorney at the Colwell Law Group keeps abreast of the latest developments coming out of the courts.
Some of the more important laws are:
Domestic Relations Law§ 170. This provides the grounds for divorce, including abandonment, adultery, and irretrievable breakdown of the marriage (no-fault).
Domestic Relations Law§ 230 and 231. These provide information about whether you can ask a New York court to divorce you. You must be a resident of the state for a sufficient amount of time.
Domestic Relations Law§ 70. The legislature states that child custody decisions should be based on the “best interests” of the child. Judges can consider anything relevant in this analysis, and court cases have broadened the factors to include things like:
Each parent’s age
Each parent’s physical, mental, and emotional health
How much support each parent has provided the child in the past
The stability of each parent’s home
The child’s ties to community and family members
Whether the child has siblings
At the Colwell Law Group, we not only go into court to fight for our clients, but we can also take a more collaborative approach if you prefer. In a collaborative divorce, for example, the couple commits to finding common ground and reducing conflict. Instead of going into court, you and your lawyer meet with your spouse (and his or her attorney) and collectively try to hammer out a divorce that works for everybody, including your children. Many clients have found the collaborative approach to be satisfying, as it allows couples to continue good relations for the sake of their children.
Contact a Washington County Family Lawyer Right Away
Family law disputes are some of the most important that courts hear. Because so much is at stake, you do not want to go into court with an inexperienced attorney by your side. At theColwell Law Group, our Washington County family law attorneys have decades of collective experience in family law issues. We know how to get results and to make the process bearable for all involved.
To schedule your consultation, please contact us today.
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