MATTERS RELATING TO CHILDREN
Family law affecting children constantly is evolving. The attorneys of Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC, have years of experience in the field and continue to participate in the evolution through client representation, serving as child advocates or guardians, and contributing to the work of professional organizations.
When parties separate and divorce, the conflict can have a devastating impact on children. Studies have shown that how the separating parents act toward one another is more important than the fact of the divorce itself. It is our aim to provide clients with the knowledge and strategies that can best serve their children. It is not possible in all cases to have the parties co-parent successfully. At times it is necessary to obtain child protection orders limiting a parent's access to a child. Whether it is an extreme situation requiring a restricted contact, or completely cooperative parenting, the firm's attorneys' experience provides the means and tools to permit clients to pursue their goals for their children. This can include working with child custody evaluators, court-appointed parent coordinators B who facilitate communication and resolution of day-to-day problems B and mental health providers evaluating and treating the children or their parents.
Implementing federal laws designed to insure that all children are supported financially by both parents to the extent reasonably possible, all states and the District of Columbia have created child support guidelines. These guidelines have reduced, but far from eliminated, disagreements about the appropriate level of child support. Determination of income, payment for special needs, private schooling and other expenses, and dealing with incomes in excess of the guidelines, create the need for counsel familiar with how courts decide these and other issues. The attorneys of Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC deal with these issues on a daily basis, and assist clients to obtain reasonable, responsible results.
Adoptions are critically important to all involved, and are monumental family experiences that also have legal components. The attorneys at Kuder, Smollar, Friedman & Mihalik, PC understand this importance and the sensitive nature of the process. We are prepared to assist clients in navigating the legal issues, so families can focus on the other, life-changing, aspects of a successful adoption.
The science of assisted reproduction has created an entirely new paradigm for families. Biological mothers, gestational mothers, sperm and egg donors, biological fathers, intended parents: these and other concepts have come into being only in our lifetimes. Add the spouses and other relatives of this expanding group with interests in a child and the legal circumstances become still more complex. Our attorneys are prepared to assist with the intricacies of legal planning for assisted reproduction, and have the experience to counsel and represent persons who have legal issues concerning the children born through scientifically assisted means.