Family Law

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Divorce

Divorce can be an emotional time for couples and their children and extended families. If you are going through a divorce, you are making a difficult life transition. As such, it’s important to know that you have a strong legal team on your side.

At Jarratt Martin Law, LLP, we aim to take the angst and discomfort out of the divorce process by easing this transition for you and your children. We will help you through each step of the divorce process, so you do not have to do it alone.

Premarital Agreements

Your premarital or prenuptial agreement is a legal contract that establishes married partners’ rights and obligations regarding the ownership of property, management of property, and the creation of debt. Premarital agreements can also include provisions regarding spousal support and probate rights in the event of a divorce or death. A premarital agreement, however, is so much more than a document to protect you in the event of a divorce or death. Premarital agreements help you and your intended to discuss difficult issues such as finances, property ownership, management, spending, and end of life-giving before you face these challenges. We firmly believe that great planning provides a framework for a long and successful marriage. At Jarratt Martin Law, LLP, our legal team will work with you to set up a simple and effective prenup that captures the agreements reached by you and your spouse-to-be.

Nonmarital Romantic Partnerships

Not all families are created through marriage. Many of our clients are in committed nonmarital relationships. Partners have children, buy homes, and agree to support one another through sickness and health. Marriage provides a legal scheme to guide couples throughout their relationship. For nonmarital partners, your agreements and obligations can vary depending on whether they are made through an explicit agreement or through the agreements implied by your behavior. At Jarratt Martin Law, LLP, we help you remove the ambiguity by setting up coupling agreements and estate plans. Through these written statements of your intent, you and your partner can clearly express your expectations and desires and negotiate an agreement about how you will manage finances and property. And, if your relationship has ended, we are also here to help you wind-up your joint financial affairs and establish good co-parenting relationships.

Guardianships

Sometimes parents cannot take care of their children and need a family member or friend to step in. A guardianship is a legal process that allows a non-parent to take on legal responsibility for a child – enroll the child in school, authorize medical treatment, apply for benefits for the child – while the parents are unable to do these things themselves. At Jarratt Martin Law, LLP, we can represent you in setting up a guardianship, so that you can focus on caring for a child in need.