We understand your family is the most important thing in your life. Your children, your home and your future deserve the help of people who are focused on getting what is best for you and your family. We understand family law and are dedicated to get the best results for our clients. Some of the different areas of family law in which the attorneys at Mason & Clark Law focus include:

ADOPTION

Adopting a child is a wonderful time for the parents and child, but it is important that the matter is handled properly in order to minimize the stress and ensure that everything is done properly. There are a number of critical legal issues that must be handled sensitively during an adoption, which involves the creation of new legal relationships.

CHILD CUSTODY /PATERNITY TIME

One of the most difficult matters to resolve for many parents is how to determine what time each parent spends with the child(ren) and who has the right to make legal decisions on their behalf. Legal custody often is shared between both parents, who have to reach a consensus on important decisions. There are a number of different residential custody arrangements that can be put in place, including:

  • Shared residential custody – In this arrangement, the child spends equal time (or as close as is practical) with each parent;
  • Primary residential custody – In this arrangement, the child will live with one parent most of the time and the other parent will have scheduled visitation, referred to as parenting time; and
  • Divided residential custody – Although this is unusual, there are times when children will live with different parents and the parent who does not have custody will have visitation with the child.

It is critical to focus on the best interest of the child and how each parent can share in providing that;

CHILD SUPPORT

Although there are established guidelines, specifically set forth in the Kansas Child Support Guidelines, to determine the amount of support that will be paid for a child, a skilled family law attorney can work with a parent to create a support plan that works for the parties and satisfies the court. Both parents are obligated to contribute to the care of the children, but financial support is based on factors such as gross income, other financial resources, and the needs of the child. There also are situations where circumstances have changed to the extent that a modification of a support order is necessary. Our attorneys can handle child support matters from the establishment of the order to a modification;

DIVORCE, INCLUDING PROPERTY DIVISION AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT

There are many different matters that must be resolved during a divorce proceeding, including the way in which property is going to be distributed and whether one spouse will receive support, also referred to as alimony or maintenance. If the couple has children, then there are child custody/parenting time and support matters to be decided;

GRANTPARENT VISITATION

A grandparent has certain rights and there are options that may be pursued to maintain a loving and positive relationship with their grandchildren; and

PATERNITY

The establishment of paternity for an unmarried male is critical to establishing a custody arrangement and parenting time. In addition, it is necessary for a child’s mother to establish paternity in order to obtain necessary child support to provide the best possible life for the child.

One of the most common problems with family law matters is that there are extreme emotions that may interfere with an easy resolution of the myriad of issues arising out of a family dispute. It is important to do whatever is necessary to focus on the issues rather than reacting out of anger or frustration. Many family law matters are resolved through a negotiated settlement and our attorneys work hard for our clients to forge the right plan through the least-stressful path. However, we are prepared to go to court if this is the best way to get the right results for our clients.

Approaching the Case with a Wide-Range of Skills

There are many different aspects of family law matters, which means that an attorney must have the knowledge and flexibility to handle everything that arises. In a divorce case, this may require an attorney to understand tax law, estate planning, and business valuation. In other cases, an attorney may need to understand the benefits of alternative dispute resolution and determine when they can make the resolution of a matter easier than traditional courtroom procedures. At Mason & Clark Law, our attorneys have experience in many different types of family law cases and we have developed the skills and sophistication to obtain the best possible results for our clients.

Kansas Family Law Attorneys Work Hard to Get the Right Results for Their Clients

There are many different types of family law matters, but most of them involve highly stressful circumstances and issues that must be handled with sensitivity and compassion. The family law attorneys at Mason & Clark Law have the skill and experience to craft the most effective strategy and get the right results for our clients. To schedule an initial consultation and learn about how our attorneys can help you, call our office at (620) 224-2200.