A divorce can throw your life into a state of imbalance. Your assets, your relationship with your children, your very future – everything is put on the line. By all means, you want to avoid a contentious and costly dispute with the other spouse – and this may be made possible through alternative methods of dispute resolution. However, if negotiations fail, you may have to take your divorce to court. In either case, you should seek a dependable family law lawyer who has the legal prowess to facilitate the divorce process while effectively protecting your interests.

When you are in a moment of crisis, such as a divorce, the decisions you make can change everything moving forward. It is absolutely vital that you take the proper first step and contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks. We can help you weigh each and every option and choose the right one for you and your family, as well as make the divorce process much simpler and less stressful. To learn more about what our firm can do for you, call (559)222-4891 .

Family Law Issues in Fresno

Types of Family Law Issues

If you are currently dealing with a legal matter in your family, your first step should be to get in touch with a Fresno family law lawyer from my team at the Law Offices of Rick D. Banks. I have over 20 years of experience in family law and understand how to handle these delicate cases. My main goal is to ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way and that your specific goals are met. I understand that it can be difficult for family members to see eye-to-eye in legal matters and having a mediator involved could make all the difference in how your case turns out. I offer a free case evaluation so that you can let me know the details of your case quickly and easily.

Two Main Categories

Issues Involving Marriage

The two main categories of family law in California deals with marriage and children. In regards to marriage, my firm can help you create a prenuptial agreement, file for a divorce, and everything in between. Many people think that prenuptial agreements are only for the very wealthy, however, nothing could be further from the truth. No one knows what the future will hold and it is best to be prepared for any eventuality. If you decide to file for a divorce, it is important to know that there are three ways to end a marriage. Divorce is one, but legal separation or annulment could also be an option. Since California is a no-fault state, you only have to state that there are irreconcilable differences in order to be granted the divorce. If you are in a domestic partnership, the same three options are available to you in order to end the marriage.

Issues Involving Children

Family law issues regarding children include child support, child custody, emancipation, and more. Parents are responsible for taking care of their children and this includes helping provide for them financially. Child support payments are given to parents who have custody of children under the age of 18. Once they reach 18, the payments stop. Child support may be ordered by the court after a divorce, if a married couple is living apart, or if a legal parental relationship has been established. When one parent has physical custody of a child, the other parent will most likely be given visitation rights. The parents could also share physical custody of the children with a parenting plan. Lastly, emancipation allows children who are not yet 18 to legally become adults. They are no longer financially dependent on their parents and can live wherever they want.

Preserving Your Assets in Fresno

Divorce involves plenty of financial considerations, including:

  • Alimony,
  • Child Support,
  • Division of Assets,
  • And more.

If you do not receive a fair ruling in this step of the divorce process, you may face difficulty in the future. To ensure that you retain a secure financial future, consult with an attorney who has a nuanced understanding of divorce law.

Helping You Maintain Your Most Important Relationships

There is no one more important to you than your children, and one of your highest priorities is to remain a large part of your children’s lives no matter what happens in the divorce. However, the opposing spouse may have different ideas due to the belief that s/he knows what’s best for them or just plain personal resentment. An experienced Fresno divorce lawyer can fight to ensure that you get enough time with your children and also make significant contributions towards their upbringing.

Skilled Fresno Negotiators Who Are Not Afraid to Fight

Litigation is not necessary for every divorce case; in fact, mediation, or outside negotiation, is overall the preferred option. Our legal team is comprised of skillful negotiators who can help you resolve your divorce in conjunction with the opposing attorneys. However, if mediation is not an option, we are willing to confront the challenges of a trial divorce head on. We are ready and willing to fight aggressively for your rights and your goals.

Contact Our Fresno Family Law Lawyer Today

With more than 20 years of legal experience handling divorce cases, the Fresno family law attorneys at the Law Office of Rick D. Banks can guide you through your divorce while helping you avoid the pitfalls and overcome any obstacles. Please feel free to contact our office at (559)222-4891 at your earliest convenience to begin navigating your divorce.

Additional Information


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