Purpose: What the Court Can and Cannot Do

A family court can do many things, which generally include dissolving or establishing family relationships (e.g., divorce, adoption) and resolving disputes between family members (e.g., time-sharing, child support). While the court has broad authority in these matters, it does have limits. If you know these limits and expect a realistic outcome, you’ll have a less stressful experience and be more likely to get what you ask for.

The court CAN:

  • award time-sharing and set a parenting plan,
  • order support payments (including wage withholding),
  • divide property and debts (in a divorce),
  • enter a divorce,
  • grant a protection order or include restrictions on contact, and
  • enforce orders through contempt powers.

The court CANNOT:

  • grant requests that are not supported by the law,
  • make your partner change, or
  • make your partner easier to get along with.

The law requires the court to follow certain guidelines for child support based on the parents’ incomes.

The law also requires the court to evaluate certain factors for time- sharing to determine what is in the child’s best interest.

The court also must follow the law about how it gets information (called evidence). These laws keep the judge from favoring one side over the other or basing decisions on unreliable information.

Serving the One

At the Guardian Law Firm, we believe in the sanctity of marriage. It is our goal to provide you with as many resources to help salvage your marriage. If all else fails, we are here to help you facilitate the divorce process to establish long-term stability that minimizes the need for subsequent court action as well as the emotional drain on the parties and families.

We strive to provide the best client service possible in a warm and welcoming environment. To that end, we place a high priority on detail, value, service, and communication, beginning with the initial consultation, and continuing even after the matter is resolved.

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With representation and the right attorneys in their corner, our clients will return to be the productive citizens and family members they have been and wanted to be again.

We are here to serve the one.

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