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 by the parties and because the decision rendered in the action will likely affect both parties for the rest of their lives. Each divorce is unique, just like each relationship. The attorneys and staff at Ward Law Offices, LLC, are caring professionals who work with each client to carefully and efficiently navigate his or her divorce.
Custody & Parenting Time
Kansas law requires that the Court make decisions about children, including legal custody and parenting time, based upon their best interests. Legal custody is the parent’s ability to make decisions regarding a child’s health, education, and welfare, while 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, we are experienced in helping our clients pursue custody and parenting time matters through the Court system, including evidentiary hearings and trials.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial
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.
Child in Need of Care
Child in need of care (CINC) cases involve minors under the age of 18, who may have been subjected to abuse, mistreatment, or neglect. If a family member is unable to care for his or her child, or if the State has removed a child from the home, we are here to help. At Ward Law Offices, LLC, we represent grandparents, foster parents, and other concerned family members, in situations involving children without adequate parental care and control.
Collaborative Family Law
The heart of Collaborative Family Law (also called “no-court divorce,” “divorce with dignity,” “peaceful divorce”) is to offer the parties to a divorce action the support, protection, and guidance of their own lawyers without going to court. Collaborative Family Law (CFL) is a continuation of the trend to empower participants in the divorce process that began with, and shares many of the principles of, mediation. CFL is a completely voluntary process which requires the full participation of both parties and their counsel. The structure, along with the skill of counsel, creates a problem-solving atmosphere with a focus on interest-based negotiation and client empowerment.
At Ward Law Offices, LLC, we represent individuals, step-parents, grandparents, and foster parents in their adoption journey. An adoption establishes a legal parent-child relationship between a child and third persons, and legally terminates the rights of one or both of a child’s natural parents.