Find help for delicate family law issues
The stress you feel during changes in the family can make it difficult to make grounded decisions. At The Law Office of Barbara J. Ingram, Esq. we have the experience you need to navigate the associated legal issues and court proceedings.
Settle financial obligations before marriage.
Pre-marital agreements, while commonly known for protecting the assets of a wealthy fiancé, also provide couples of more modest means a way to plan for the future. For example, an engaged couple with children from prior marriages may use a pre-marital agreement to define what will happen to their property after their death, so that they can pass on separate property to their children and still provide for each other, if necessary. Without an agreement, a surviving spouse may have the right to claim a large portion of the other spouse’s property, leaving much less for the children.
Couples with or without children may simply want to clarify their financial rights and responsibilities during marriage. Or they may want to avoid potential arguments in the event of divorce, by deciding in advance how their property will be divided, and whether or not either spouse will receive alimony. Pre-marital agreements can also be used to protect spouses from each other’s debts, and may be used to address a number of other issues. Our firm believes that a pre-marital agreement should be looked at as an opportunity to communicate and make plans with your partner. We can assist you in forming an agreement that you both feel good about.
Definitively settle paternity suits.
Paternity is legally establishing the identity of a child’s biological father when two parties are unmarried. After paternity is established, all rights and obligations concerning the care and support of the child must be adjudicated. Our firm assists mothers seeking to establish paternity in order to obtain support from the father and also fathers seeking to establish paternity in order to determine their rights.
Adopt a new member into your family.
The Law Office of Barbara J. Ingram helps parents navigate the proper legal steps to grow their family through step-parent adoptions or adoptions by a family member.
Adopting a child can be a difficult process fraught with heavy bureaucracy. Get help every step of the way with the right legal advice to make sure things go smoothly.
Barbara J. Ingram, Esq.
2127 Ringling Blvd., Suite 103
Sarasota, FL 34237
Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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