Family law refers to the laws, rules, and statutes that set forth the legal obligations and rights of individuals sharing a domestic connection.
Family law cases include issues such as divorce, paternity, child support, alimony, and domestic violence and many others. These cases, by the very nature of the situation, can be incredibly stressful and traumatic. That is why its important to make sure you work with an attorney experienced in this area of the law.
We understand no two clients, cases, or family circumstances are the same and we treat each client and case with respect and with an eye to their unique situation. We provide individualized counsel and representation in order to work to achieve the best results possible.
Maintenance, also known as Alimony
In Kentucky, either spouse may ask the court to award maintenance (alimony). The award is at the court's discretion and is based on a number of different factors. Give us a call to see if you might qualify.
Child Custody & Child Support
Our firm can help you obtain custody through collaboration, mediation, or litigation. We are intimately familiar with how local court's view and apply the best interest of the child standard and can help you analyze your current situation to determine the best plan of action to obtain or keep custody of your child.
Is your marriage irretrievably broken? Whenever possible it is best to try and resolve and work through your divorce with your spouse amicably as this saves both time and money and can prevent unnecessary stress. However, this is not always possible. First and foremost, if you are going through a divorce you want to protect their rights To do that, it is critical to have a lawyer who is not afraid to litigate and is experienced practicing in front of Western Kentucky family courts.
If you have been abused by your spouse or another member of your household it is imperative to find protection and stop the domestic violence. We are experienced working with the local court's and judges to help end the abuse and ensure it does not happen again.
Are you being denied child support? Are you not receiving the visitation to which you agreed or the court ordered? This is unfortunately all too common an occurrence and we are very familiar with helping clients seek enforcement of the rights and benefits they are being denied.
Family Law Appeals
Family law is a very complex area of the law and while the family courts in Western Kentucky are excellent, they don't always get it right. If this happens, if you act quickly, it is often possible to file an appeal with a higher court to ensure the correct resolution of your issues is achieved. Contact us to learn more.
Does your divorce involve extensive property and assets? Do you believe your spouse may be hiding or concealing assets or property? It is important to have an attorney who is experienced with high-asset divorce and can protect your assets, or find your spouses hidden assets, so that your case is resolved in your favor.
Many Western Kentucky family courts order parties in a divorce to attend mediation prior to having a final hearing before the court. Mediation is often a useful tool that can save clients both time and money and help them resolve their case in a favorable manner. Mr. Wheat and Mr. Katz both have a great deal of experience mediating cases with clients and know how to use mediation to resolve your case. Give us a call to discuss.
Circumstances change and sometimes child support and visitation or custody arrangements change with them. Have your circumstances changed and made it difficult or impossible to comply with court-ordered support or visitation? Have you or your ex-spouse's circumstances changed and you feel you should have custody? If so, we can help you prove it to a family law judge so that your court order can be modified.
It is essential for father's to establish paternity. Only after paternity is established will you have parental rights to custody, visitation, and support. Contact us to determine the best way to establish paternity and to be a part of your child's life.
Post- & Pre-Marital Agreements
Pre-marital and post-marital agreements are useful method of preparing for your future. Contact us to learn how we can help you protect your assets.
After a divorce, relocating to a different state or country can be more difficult due custody and time sharing arrangements or court orders. While difficult, a move to a different state or country is not impossible. Contact us to learn the proper process for making such a move.
Uncontested Divorces – In many instances, our clients have already discussed the specifics of a divorce with their spouse and reached an agreement on most, if not all, issues. In those instances, we will meet with our client, gain an understanding of the proposed agreement and related issues, and advise as to whether the proposed agreement is in our client’s best interest. We would then endeavor to draft a formal, proposed agreement that can be presented to our client’s spouse (or spouse’s attorney) to hopefully resolve the case on an “uncontested” basis. In these instances, we charge a “fixed fee” plus applicable court costs.
Contested Divorces and Other Related Family Law Matters – Frequently, our clients are unable to effectively communicate with their spouse and/or have not discussed a proposed agreement. In those instances, and for most other related family law matters, Mr. Wheat and Mr. Katz charge their standard hourly rate. We charge our regular hourly rates for consultations.
Our office customarily operates on a retainer basis. We will collect an initial retainer (to be determined at the initial consultation based upon the complexity of the issues presented) which remains your money until it is earned. Bills are mailed monthly. Subsequent retainers will be required monthly to restore the escrow balance to the agreed upon sum. Any portion of any retainer unearned at the conclusion of the case will be refunded.
Additional charges, terms, and conditions may apply to our representation which will be fully set forth in a written fee agreement if you retain us.