Family Law & Divorce
Largay Law Offices, P.A. has represented hundreds if not thousands of families in one of the most difficult times of their lives. We represent men, women and children with care, compassion and creativity. We routinely process uncontested family matters and litigate hotly-contested cases.
The Firm has always had a considerable base of family-law clients, many repeat clients who return for further proceedings, such as changes in child support, parental rights modificaitons (child contact & visitation), or modifications or terminations in spousal support (alimony).
Our 20+ years of family-law legal experience as advocates, counselors, facilitators, mediators and aggressive court litigators qualifies us to represent clients in the most unusual, complex or hotly contested of situations.
We recognize that family law matters are emotional, trying and expensive. We work with a host of qualified counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other experts to ensure our clients the professional support they may need in this trying time. When necessary, LLO regularly employs a host of experts, such as Guardians ad Litem, Forensic Evaluators, Substance & Alcohol abuse evaluators, Accountants, Appraisers, Insurance Professionals and other specialists as the needs of the client and the case require.
Our knowledge, experience and regular training in family law are supported by our aggressive and proactive style. However, we also believe in reasonableness and cooperation and we will quickly adjust our style of representation to suit the needs of any particular client or situation. We assist cients in all aspects of the law relating to the needs of today's families, including:
Divorce - Also known as Dissolution of Marriage, every divorce proceeding is unique. We handle straightforward uncomplicated and uncontested divorces, as well as complex dissolutions.
Parental Rights & Responsibilities - Court orders regarding the children of former domestic or umarried partners can be filed that are similar to a divorce action. The Court will follow the same rules and procedures for determinations as to the parents' respective rights to raise their child(ren), establish child support, and provide for health insurance, among other important issues.
Child Contact & Visitation - Establishing reasonable, liberal visitation is best in some circumstances. Restricted, supervised contact and visitation is unfortunately necessary in extreme cases. We can predict - based on the factors in your case - what a Judge is likely to award for parent-child and grandparent-child contact and visitations. This enables us to more cost-effectively negotiate a better position for the client without the necessity of a trial.
Child Support - Maine follows the child support guidelines. A Child Support Figure is derived from a table/matrix that considers the parties' respective incomes, ages and residency of the children, health insurance expense, childcare costs, other children born to the parties, or special needs that a child may have. Child Support figures can be changed (upward or downward) because of a substantial change in circumstances or the passage of a long period of time.
Domestic Violence - Prosecution AND Defense of these matters is especially important, whether or not a divorce or parental rights action has been or will be filed. Domestic Abuse is a broad term encompassing a variety of situations, from outright assaults, physical torment and various forms of harassment to emotional, financial or property and pet abuse. We regularly file complaints for Court Orders of Protection from Abuse or Harassment. We support these complaints with sworn injured or abused-party statements, witness statements, police reports, and evidence such as photographs, videos, and internet postings. We use this evidence to make our clients tales of abuse come to life in the Courtroom. Such evidence is extremely persuasive when one is seeking a Court Order and various forms of relief and protection.
Elder Law - As your elder law attorneys, we can ease the legal difficulties that occur with aging by preparing documents such as powers of attorney, advance health care directives (living wills), trusts and other documents to avoid the need for a guardian. We can also assist in bringing or defending against a guardianship and/or conservatorship proceeding.
Estate Planning - Estate planning involves more than just preparing a will. We can assist in preparing wills, trusts, and other corporate documents to ensure that your assets are distributed as you wish them to be.
What makes a Family Law Case Complicated? Issues such as (1) alcohol or substance abuse dependency/addiction; (2) Mental Health Diagnoses, such as depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, etc...(3) multiple children with special needs or different parents (4) Family Businesses or a Self-Employed Party; or (5) Multi-Jurisdictional or Foreign State cases whereby one party lives outside the State of Maine. We have represented clients successfully in about every situation imaginable.
What makes a Family Law Case Successful? Frequent, honest and open communication between Attorney and Client is essential. Early investigation by private investigators, trained paralegals, the police or attorneys can help diffuse difficult situations or uncover information or documents that encourage early settlement. Focus on the Family and the Best Interests of the Child(ren) will eliminate superfluous, extraneous and immaterial arguments or challenges. Reasoned decision-making and compromise, based on all of the facts, often results in early resolutions as opposed to long, drawn-out proceedings. And finally, Family Law repesentation by the lawyers at Largay Law Offices, P.A., ensures that the care, compassion and creativity you need will translate into aggressive, effective and satisfying results for your Family.
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