3 Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law

Are you going through a custody battle, divorce, or facing some other type of family legal issue? If you are ready to start a family law case, you probably have a few questions. Dealing with the court system is rarely easy, especially if you haven’t been through this process before. Family law cases often cause a lot of tension, stress, family arguments, parenting disagreements, and they can seriously impact the time you have to spend with your family. In order to gain control of your current situation and protect your rights, you need to be familiar with the process to come.

If you have an issue dealing with divorce, child support, child custody, or some other family law issue, see if the answers to these frequently asked family law questions could help you.

Can mediation benefit me?

Mediation can be a very useful tool for individuals and families who are in a position to handle their legal problems outside of court. Through mediation, divorcing couples can work through their bigger problems, such as property division, spousal support, and child custody, together and with the help of their respective attorneys. Mediation can be a great way to keep a divorce private, save time and money, and retain amicable relationships between spouses. However, couples that are more contentious may not be able to resolve their issues through mediation and will likely require the intervention of a judge. Mediation can also be a useful tool for parents looking to adjust their custody arrangement, revise spousal support, or handle other relevant family law issues.

How and when are court orders modified?

When a divorce or child custody case is finalized, the court issues an official court order outlining the rules the family must follow. Court orders can apply to child custody agreements, property division contracts, child support payments, spousal support settlements, and other applicable family law issues.

While court orders are considered legally binding, they are not always permanent and can be modified under the right circumstances. For example, if parents share custody of their child but one parent plans to relocate to the other side of the country, they will need to seek a modification to change their custody arrangement. Other reasons for a modification include significant changes in income, remarriage, change in living situation, cases of domestic abuse, and serious health problems. Obtaining a modification requires legal action, which is why you need to take your case to an experienced family lawyer for help petitioning the court.

What will my family law case cost?

Each and every case is different, so it is nearly impossible to provide a general price for a family law case. Some cases take much longer than others, and some require much more work due to certain complexities or conflicts. In order to obtain a rough estimate, you should sit down and meet with our attorney to discuss the particulars of your case and flesh out any areas of concern.

Contact Empire Law​ to discuss your divorce with our Yonkers family lawyer.