Family Concerns First
If your residential situation or relationship becomes unhealthy and cannot be restored, or a person responsible for the care and /or support of a child does not due their duty, seek immediate legal advice.
Family law cases include unmarried partnerships, legal separation, divorce and in appropriate circumstances a court’s declaration that no marriage exists. There is no more difficult legal challenges than addressing family relationship breakdowns. Seeking expert attorney advice can lead to swift legal intervention, which can avoid further problems and preserve rights. Cases involving children will usually require establishment of a custody order or parenting plan, and order of child support. Parenting plans and support orders can usually be modified based on changes of circumstances. In cases of harassment, a civil order of protection may be appropriate. Where there is abuse, violence or other serious threats, a domestic relations restraining order should be considered. If the parents opposed to each other never married, their child’s paternity must be ruled on by the Court. If no parent is a suitable custodian, friends or relatives may need to petition for third party custody and/or adoption. Step-parents may also wish to adopt their step-child. When an adult cannot adequately care for themself, relatives may petition for an order of guardianship. Any bad faith violation of a valid court order may be enforced by contempt. For many years, Mr. Gobel was a credentialed Guardian ad Litem appointed by the Superior Court to investigate cases or child abuse and neglect, and make recommendations regarding child custody and visitation.