Family law matters are difficult and intense cases as they involve issues with a significant other, a spouse, and/or children (and in divorces there are property and debts issues as well to contend with). A case that has a custody component to it will be a time of great stress for a client and oftentimes is far more stressful than the property/debt component of a case. Even though the courts do a good job of processing family law cases and trying to ensure they are resolved quickly does not alleviate how stressful they are to the client. It has been our experience that for many clients, their family law case is the first time that they have dealt with litigation and the court system. For a client who is without an attorney, the complex rules and procedures further adds stress to an already difficult time.
It is vital to have an attorney to advise you of your rights, to be able to explain to you how the court rules and procedures work and how they will impact your case, the potential length of time you matter will take to resolve, and what potential outcomes may occur. These are matters where clients cannot afford to go without an attorney as the outcome has far reaching consequences for years. Family law matters that are contested can be expensive, especially where there are significant property or debts or complicated custody issues (i.e. need for a psychological evaluation, counseling for children, etc.) and may require going to trial to protect a client's rights. It is the type of case where a client needs to make the investment in retaining an attorney given what is at stake.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “Family Law” matter?
Here in Clark County, Nevada, a Family Law matter is any matter that falls under the jurisdiction of the Family Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court; including but not limited to: Adoptions, Annulments, Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Grandparent Visitation, Petition for a Name Change (Adult and Minor), Paternity, Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Relocation out of State with child, and Termination of Parental Rights. We at Michael S. Strange & Associates, LLC are well equipped to handle any Las Vegas Family Law matter.
How much will my Family Law matter cost?
The total cost of a Family Law matter depends on many factors, some of which are beyond the control of one party or their attorney. The overall cost depends on whether the other party will contest the case, obtains an attorney and the length and extent of the marriage, including children and property acquisition and debts. A Step-Parent Adoption is much less expensive than a Termination of Parental Rights. A short term marriage with no children will probably be less expensive than a long term marriage with children and property. Certain cases may in fact be done on a flat fee basis. Here at Michael S. Strange & Associates, LLC we strive to keep the total cost of a Las Vegas Family Law matter as low as possible while adequately preserving your legal rights.
How long will my family law case take?
Again, it depends on whether your matter is contested or uncontested. An uncontested custody or divorce case can be resolved very quickly. A contested divorce case may take up to a year, depending on whether there are custody issues as well as property and debts issues. There may be a need for a forensic accountant to review financial records or a business evaluator to value a business which takes time. A contested custody case may be equally as lengthy if there is a need for a psychological evaluation or there is a need for extensive discovery in order to ensure your case is properly prepared for trial.
Is it important to obtain an attorney for a Las Vegas Family Law matter?
Yes, it is vitally important that you obtain the services of an attorney if you have a Las Vegas Family Law matter as these are complex matters in the law to handle. A Family Law matter involves very technical and difficult concepts that even some attorneys do not understand and you need an attorney to ensure that your custody and/or property rights are preserved.
How should I choose an attorney?
Choosing an attorney is a difficult and gut-wrenching process. With so many attorneys in the phone book and on TV, it is mind boggling to figure out which one will best serve you. Here at Michael S. Strange & Associates, LLC we are a small but highly dedicated law firm that strives to provide the best possible representation to our clients. We stand by our clients in their difficult time and ensure that their legal rights are protected and that they are able to get their lives back in order. It is our desire to be their attorney now and in the future should they have any additional legal needs. We recommend you read our testimonials from some of our clients on the following page to help show you that we are a well respected law firm here in Las Vegas which can properly assist you with your legal problem.