Family Law

Family LawChanges in familial status can often cause some of the most difficult transitions that you will face during your lifetime.  Whether you are planning for marriage, contemplating divorce, escaping physical or verbal abuse, or considering a temporary or permanent separation, the attorneys at the Vitollo Law Firm can provide you with the legal counsel you need.

No one plans for a marriage to end in divorce, so going through a divorce is usually a very challenging time, especially when a marriage is dissolved due to domestic violence, adultery, or substance abuse.  Whether you are the primary breadwinner or the primary caretaker, and whether you have irreconcilable differences with your spouse or are looking to protect your legal rights while you attempt to resolve your differences, the attorneys at the Vitollo Law Firm can provide the legal counsel and representation you need in regards to marital property distribution, child custody arrangements, and requests for spousal support and child support.

Child Custody Disputes
One of the most emotional aspects of a severed relationship is often determining the custody arrangements for any child (or children) born into that relationship.  Depending on the age of the child, the severing of the parents’ relationship can create disputes over where the child will attend school and which parent will have primary custody, and whether supervised visitation is necessary to protect the child from physical or emotional abuse.  The attorneys at the Vitollo Law Firm are available to provide the legal representation you need to ensure that the resolution of your child custody dispute results in an arrangement that is in the best interest of your child.

Separation Agreements
Separation agreements are most commonly used when spouses are living separate and apart, either while attempting to reconcile a marital relationship or waiting for the expiration of the statutory time period required for a final order of divorce.  During this time period of separation, you may need spousal support to obtain a new residence, or to offset the utilities and expenses of your current residence when those expenses were previously paid by a spouse that has moved out.  The attorneys at the Vitollo Law Firm can assist you in negotiating a separation agreement intended to help you afford your necessary living expenses.

Prenuptial Agreements
When entering into a marital relationship, it may be beneficial to consider an agreement concerning the disposition of marital property and the payment of support upon the conclusion of the relationship.  While it is well known that a prenuptial agreement can be used to protect a spouse’s property interests in the event of a divorce, a prenuptial agreement can also be used to make provisions for a surviving spouse upon your death, or to provide for your children from a prior relationship.  The attorneys at the Vitollo Law Firm are available to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a prenuptial agreement, as well as available alternatives- including a waiver of inheritance rights or the creation of an irrevocable trust- and to provide the legal representation necessary to ensure that the agreement will be legally enforceable to the greatest extent possible.

Alimony and Child Support
The end of a marital relationship often means two households to be financially supported, using the same amount of income that was previously used to support one.  You may need assistance financially providing for a child, or you may be seeking alimony to obtain additional education or job training, but whatever circumstances you are faced with, the attorneys at the Vitollo Law Firm are available to represent you and help you receive the support you need.