When Do You Need to Hire a Family Lawyer

When Do You Need to Hire a Family Lawyer

Every family is unique. Sometimes, the “togetherness” of family needs to be redefined. Sometimes, the togetherness of your family is redefined to include more members through an adoption. Sometimes, the togetherness of your family needs to be redefined when divorce splits it into separate households.

A family lawyer is there for you throughout your family’s “togetherness” transitions.

The specific areas that hiring a family lawyer could help you with include:

  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Asset Protection
  • Business & Asset Division
  • Child Custody & Support
  • Dividing 401k
  • High Asset Divorce
  • Grandparents’ Rights
  • Military Divorce
  • Parental Relocation
  • Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Protective & Restraining Orders
  • Spousal Support Alimony

Typical Court Cases that Require a Family Lawyer

If you have an issue that involves one of the above areas, you should consider looking for a family law attorney. Most of the friction that comes up in divorce, adoption and child support cases can be prevented with a knowledgeable lawyer.


A family lawyer can assist in a divorce case by determining what will remain separate property and what will be classified as marital property. Once these two categories are outlined, they can help with the division of marital property.

At Cravens & Noll, our lawyers will protect business interests. They can represent your request to waive or set limits on spousal support. Hiring a divorce lawyer will balance the fairness of your divorce’s outcome.

Child Custody

If you have children, you know how much they mean to you. A family lawyer protects your rights in disputes about child custody, child support and visitation rights.

Both divorced and unmarried couples might need a family lawyer to represent them in court.

When protecting your child’s well-being is important to you, you’ll need to hire a family lawyer.


When an adoption agency turns you down, a family lawyer could help you pursue a private adoption. In addition to the requirements of your state, adoption agencies may have their own criteria. Qualifying for a private adoption works directly with the birth parents.

Adoption can be a very long process without a family lawyer. There is a lot of paperwork and an extensive qualification process. A family lawyer can navigate this with you and might even coach you on how to have successful home studies.

Prenuptial Agreements

Without a family lawyer, a prenuptial could potentially be deemed invalid if not drafted correctly. When this happens, the court decides your case according to the Virginia laws. What the court defines as an equitable division of assets might not line up with what you, as the couple, agree with.

A family lawyer can create or review and validate your prenuptial agreement so that, in a divorce, you can divide assets fairly according to the terms of your agreement. Including separate family lawyers in the process can also verify that the contract was not signed under duress or obligation.

In Any Family Transitions That Require Paperwork

Families go through many transitions besides those listed above. Some transitions are more complicated than others.

For all of the family transitions that require legal paperwork, you’ll want a family lawyer. They know the laws that pertain to your state and can answer your legal questions.

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