What to Expect
Every family law case is different because every family and situation is different. Patterson Moore Butler understands this and as your attorney they will meet with you to discuss your legal issues, explain the legal process, and identify your goals for your case. As a client, you will be involved in every step of the legal process to determine the best route to accomplish what is important to you.
Each case begins with a consultation with your attorney to determine the next steps in your case. You should bring with you to your consult any important documentation you want your attorney to review. Clients will be provided the court required documents needed to complete the legal process, which may include a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit and Parenting Plan. Your attorney will work with you to fill out all necessary documents and be available for all questions and will provide you with the necessary documents both in paper and by sending same via email if you wish so you can work on these items on your own computer.
You may be initiating or responding to any type of family law action such as a divorce, modification of custody, modification of visitation, modification of child support, contempt of court or a temporary protective order. As there are many different types of legal actions, the next steps are not carved in stone. Generally speaking, most cases involve the discovery process (where you answer written questions under oath and produce documents to the other party), require the filing of a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit, a Parenting Plan, and require mediation. Cases which do not settle through mediation are often then resolved in the court process with the judge assigned to your case hearing all issues.
Whether your case is completely uncontested and you simply need assistance with the paperwork or you have a complex issues involving business assets or child custody, the attorneys at Patterson Moore Butler have experience handling your type of case and are prepared to represent you.