Family and Divorce Law

What is a Separation Agreement?

A Separation Agreement is a written document, signed by both spouses, which establishes all of your marital rights and responsibilities as if you were divorced. The terms of this Agreement are negotiated and established by the spouses (usually with the assistance of their attorneys) and therefore judicial intervention is not required. The Agreement provides that, should the parties seek to be divorced at any time in the future, the terms of the Agreement will be the terms of the divorce. Consequently, once the parties have entered into a Separation Agreement, since all of the marital issues have been resolved, the divorce is substantially uncontested.

Divorce

It is difficult to fully understand a divorce proceeding until it actually begins and you go through the process of it. The divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox will provide you with committed legal aid and information, tailored to your individual circumstance. to assist you in knowing your rights as to your children, asset and debt division, and alimony/support.

We regularly assist clients with issues arising from:

  • Children: We can help you establish a parenting plan which outlines issues such as how expenses will be divided, how each parent will share in child rearing responsibilities, how health care decisions will be made, and other related issues.
  • Asset and Debt Division: The division of assets and debts can be a major area of contention, as you and your spouse may both stake claims to the property and assets you believe are rightfully yours. It is essential that you retain an experienced attorney who has the extensive knowledge necessary to handle an asset and debt distribution matter, to ensure that your rights are protected.>
  • Alimony/Support: Deciding whether or not alimony is appropriate in any given divorce case can be complicated. If you would like to assess the probability of an alimony award in your case, seek advice from one of our family law attorneys.

Support

Whether you are seeking child support or spousal support, it is important to seek legal counsel to assist you with the matter to ensure that you and your child's rights are protected.

Custody

We understand how important your child custody and visitation goals are. It is critical ​to work with an experienced family and divorce attorney who can provide the support and understanding to make sure that your goals are met. At the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox, our attorneys are skilled at creating time sharing and parenting plans that take into consideration your desires, and supports the best interests of the child for fostering strong family bonds. ​

Pre-Nuptual Agreements

A prenup is an agreement between potential spouses made in consideration of marriage and begins upon the marriage itself. A prenup usually varies from agreement to agreement, however, it is extremely common that the agreement includes provisions for division of property and child/spousal support in the event of a divorce. Our experienced attorneys will assist you by drafting an agreement which will protect your current and future assets.

Adoptions

The process of adoption is complicated and often difficult to understand. An individual or couple should not attempt to handle this matter without legal assistance. Our attorneys will provide you with step by step help through your unique adoption process.

Family and Divorce Law

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    What is a Separation Agreement?

    A Separation Agreement is a written document, signed by both spouses, which establishes all of your marital rights and responsibilities as if you were divorced. The terms of this Agreement are negotiated and established by the spouses (usually with the assistance of their attorneys) and therefore judicial intervention is not required. The Agreement provides that, should the parties seek to be divorced at any time in the future, the terms of the Agreement will be the terms of the divorce. Consequently, once the parties have entered into a Separation Agreement, since all of the marital issues have been resolved, the divorce is substantially uncontested.

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    How do I get custody of my children?
    The determination of custody of minor children is based solely on “the best interests of the children”. If you and your spouse are unable to agree upon (or reach a compromise) in this regard, the court will make a determination (after a hearing or trial) as to what is in your children’s best interests and will establish custody accordingly.