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Frequently Asked Questions

Legal aid can come in a variety of formats. The most comprehensive is through a retainer agreement, where the family attorney assists with all aspects of the case, from going to court to document preparation to negotiating settlements. Next comprehensive is an "unbundled" set fo legal services, where the family law attorney is responsible for a set of tasks you choose (such as attendance at a particular court hearing), but nothing more. This is sometimes called, "Limited Scope Representation." The least comprehensive (but most economical) form of representation is simply an agreement with your family law attorney to have him or her (or a staff member) prepare paperwork on your behalf. The Maloof Law Group, APC can assist you in any of these capacities, according to your needs.
Choosing a family law attorney is a very personal process. If you are going to trust a significant part of your life to someone, you should have confidence that they will work hard and move your case forward. Interview several people. Ask tough questions, and be prepared for some tough answers. Family law matters are rarely easy, and no attorney can fully compensate for the difficulty of the process, but some attorneys will definitely be a better "fit" for the case as well as your personality, so choose wisely! Please contact us to schedule a consultation!
While you certainly could file for divorce on your own (as aWhile you certainly could file for divorce on your own (as a "pro per"), the Maloof Law Group, APC recommends that you at least have someone knowledgeable about the process working with you in the background, perhaps doing document preparation, or just advising you on what is reasonable to expect.
A divorce is a termination of your marriage, but a legal separation is not...the same issues are resolved in each, but at the end of a legal separation, you are still married to the person, and so cannot marry anyone else.
1) Petition and Response; and 2) Discovery and Disclosure; and 3) Settlement or Trial. Each phase brings unique issues and strategies up for consideration, so please contact us for a consultation to have us help you decide what you need to do next.
Probably not, but the Maloof Law Group, APC can look into the issue for you. Unlike other ways to end your marriage, an annulment does require proving certain things in order for it to be granted. These things could be fraud, illegality (already married), or some other factual circumstance.
Mediation involves you and your spouse meeting with one attorney, who facilitates the discussion, answers questions, and helps bring about solutions that apply to your circumstances. A mediator has not authority to decide anything for your or for your spouse. Litigation is quite different. In litigation, solutions don't come unless each party's attorney facilitates agreement or a court forces a solution onto the parties. Comparatively, litigation is an expensive and frustrating way to resolve a family law conflict, and should be entered into soberly.
Almost all situations are good for mediation, but of course the success of the mediation depends upon whether you and your spouse are willing to listen, communicate, and compromise. In situations where there has been domestic violence or some other type of unhealthy domineering between spouses, mediation may not work well, but absent those conditions, mediation is a great way to come to workable solutions less expensively and more quickly.
Collaborative Practice is a sort of hybrid form of representation, where each party has an attorney (like litigation), but everyone agrees not to go to court (like mediation). Solutions come about through a series of meeting with all parties and all attorneys, as well as other professionals. Collaborative law is an ideal way to solve complex cases where much thought needs to be put into the issues, but the parties wish to maintain their own professional team without resorting to the uncertain and costly court process.
Child support is calculated based upon a series of factors, including gross income of the parties (with adjustments for types of income, deductions, and business expenses), as well as the custody and visitation arrangement between the parents. The Maloof Law Group, APC has the software and expertise to calculation child support, so if you have questions, please contact us.