If You Are Looking for Family Law Practices, Call Us.

Family Law is an extremely broad category of laws that include, divorce actions, paternity actions, custody and visitation issues, child support issues, property division issues as well as conservatorship actions.

It is surprising as to the number of people that decide not to go through the formal ceremony and become legally married today.  They buy homes, cars, have children and start businesses together without getting married. 

Aside from the moral and religious aspects, there are legal benefits of getting married.  Marriage is a legally recognized institution.  Let's assume that a couple decide to live together.  They buy a house together, two cars together, start and operate a business together and have children together.  After fifteen years of living together, one or both decide:   I have had enough of this, let's split.  Since we are not married, it won't be hard.   NOT SO FAST!!!!

First, we have to assume that each party will claim an interest in the residential property as well as the business.  A host of issues will need to be worked out regarding those matters, including valuation, who will remain in control.  Second, there will be custody visitation and support of the children.   Without a marriage, all of those issues will need to be resolved in at least two if not three separate courts in separate actions.  A marriage allows the parties to resolve all of the issues in one court using one judge.   A divorce can result in a less complex, less expense and a more cohesive result. 

Family Court is designed to end the marriage and divide the debts and equally divide the community property with as little animosity as possible.  The grounds for a divorce is simple: if there are irreconcilable differences between the parties and counseling or court intervention will not assist in reconciliation, the parties are entitled to a divorce.  Seldom, however, does a divorce end gracefully.  Often, animosity has developed between the parties that prevents a peaceful dissolution.

Points to ponder:

  • A complete new set of dishes or pots and pans probably cost less than one hour of your attorney's time.
  • An attorney is not a therapist.  He or she is there to advise you as to the law and strive to obtain your half of the value of the community property. 
  • Despite the fact that mediators and judges tout family law cases as "Non-adversarial", the principles are the same as in any litigation case.  Evidence is presented in the same manner which usually requires experts, discovery and presentation.  These are the same techniques as used in any complete business litigation case. 
  • Don’t use the children as pawns.  The universal theme among all judges is that parents may not want be married any longer, but they will be required to work together as parents
If you have been trying to evaluate family law practices to help you resolve your family law issues, we believe finding an experienced family law attorney that will help you reach a speedy and equitable resolution is what you should be looking for. We invite you to interview us to be your lawyer.


"I searched for months before I was able to locate Chuck Farano and boy was I glad I did!  He has the trial experience that I needed and the willingness go to the mat if necessary.  At the same time, he was the most skillful negotiator I have ever encountered and I have dealt with attorneys in my business for over twenty years." D.S.
"I was extremely pleased with the level of service delivered by Mr. Farano.  He was always well prepared and is absolutely fearless in the court room.  He explained all of my options to me in terms that I could understand so that I could make critical decisions about my case.  I could not have asked for a better result." G.L.
"I would highly recommend Chuck Farano as an attorney in any litigation case.  He knows how and when to play hard ball and his instincts and sense of timing within the justice system is tremendous." A.H.