In general, the court has wide latitude in determining the major issues in a divorce, such as property division, child support, and spousal support (also known as alimony or maintenance). While the court is given a list of factors to consider, these factors are extremely subjective and can be the subject of much dispute in a contested divorce. Even in the case of child support, where the monthly support amount is calculated according to statutory guidelines, the court may deviate from that amount when "exceptional circumstances" warrant a departure.
A divorce can impact the immigration status of a lawful permanent resident or an alien on conditional status who is married to a U.S. citizen. Given the firm's extensive practice in both family law and immigration, we are uniquely positioned to address these situations knowledgeably from both sides of the issue.
Given the subjectivity of the factors involved in determining an award of custody, support, or property, it is imperative that you obtain the services of a knowledgeable, experienced attorney who understands the issues involved and can advocate effectively for your interests. Contact the Law Offices of Edward J.S.F. Smith for sound advice and representation in your divorce.
Mr. Smith's experience encompasses divorces involving military spouses, domestic abuse, and interstate child abduction and parental kidnapping issues, including child return matters under the International Hague Convention. In fact, his is the only law firm in the area actively handling international child abduction cases.
At the Law Offices of Edward J.S.F. Smith, we are committed to providing high-quality, legal representation at cost-effective rates. For the convenience of our clients, we offer flexible payment plans and office hours.
Contact us today for an initial telephone consultation to find out how we can help you find a solution to your legal needs.
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