Divorce is the dissolution of a marriage relationship by a judgment of the Court. Divorce actions differ from other legal actions because they involve strong emotions of the parties and because the decision rendered in the action will likely impact both parties and their children for the rest of their lives. Each divorce is unique, just as each relationship is unique. The attorneys and staff at Ward Potter LLC strive for excellence in carefully navigating clients through the divorce process.
Much like a divorce case, a paternity case involves strong emotions. Ward Potter attorneys are well versed in handling paternity actions, which include unmarried parents of minor children needing court orders for legal custody, parenting time and child support.
Custody and Parenting Time
When parents don’t agree, Kansas law requires that the Court make decisions about children, including legal custody and parenting time, based upon the children’s best interests. The term legal custody refers to the ability of each parent to make decisions regarding a child’s health, education, and welfare. The term parenting time refers to the time that a parent spends with his or her children. In many cases, custody and parenting time disputes are resolved through alternative dispute resolution. If not, the attorneys of Ward Potter are experienced in helping our clients pursue custody and parenting-time matters through the Court system, including evidentiary hearings and trials.
Visitation by Grandparents
Kansas law also affords visitation to grandparents and stepparents, so long as the visits serve the child’s best interests and the child has a substantial relationship with the grandparent/stepparent. The attorneys at Ward Potter are knowledgeable in this area and are able to advise clients on how best to proceed either in dealing with parents in reaching an agreement, or requesting formal orders from a court. Ward Potter attorneys will also represent grandparent, aunt, or uncle adoption or child in need of care proceedings on occasion.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into prior to the marriage. A postnuptial agreement is drafted and entered into after the marriage ceremony but contains the same contractual elements as a prenuptial agreement. A properly drafted prenuptial or postnuptial agreement allows a couple to define how they will relate to each other in the event that the relationship ends.
Collaborative Family Law
Sometimes referred to as no-court divorce, divorce with dignity, or peaceful divorce, collaborative family law is focused on offering the parties to a divorce action the support, protection, and guidance of their own lawyers without going to court. The process empowers participants in the divorce process and shares many of the principles of mediation. It is a completely voluntary process that requires the full participation of both parties and their counsel.