“ Steve and Renee were great to work with! Very professional and realistic. Gave no false expectations or predictions. They communicated everything to us in a timely manner. We will definitely use them again if ever needed! Thank you, Steve and your team! “
“ For my family law case, Steve Smith had a very strong presence and was dominant in the courtroom. The manner in which he carries out cases is something you see in the movies. He was really animated and passionate about my case. His military background is a big asset, and he really helped me out. I would highly recommend him. “
“ We hired Leah M. Baldacci for a family law case and she was so extremely helpful and got me through my case. She’s very professional and takes the time to listen to her clients. She’s a wonderful advocate and a fantastic attorney. If you’re looking for a great attorney, I recommend Leah. Thank you so much for your legal help. “
“ I’ve hired Steve for two cases, and I am very pleased with my decision. He fights for his clients and strives for the best outcome. His entire staff is pleasant and wonderful to work with. “
“ I hired Steve for a parental rights case involving my 2 children. He was aggressive but supportive and did not file unnecessary motions that wasted my retainer. I was terrified of court, but with his experience, I felt at ease. The process was explained, and his staff was great as well. I would hire him again if needed and received a great outcome with an order that works for me and my children. “
Handled my Parental Rights Case with Ease
If you have children, and you are married or in a relationship and your relationship is dissolving, the well-being of your children is most likely your highest priority. When couples with children, whether married or unmarried, end their relationship, parents will need to determine the rights and responsibilities of each party as it relates to the children. If the parents cannot come to an agreement regarding living and visitation arrangements, the Court is responsible for analyzing the situation and awarding parental rights and responsibilities, including custody (primary residence) and child support, to the parents.
When parents are unable to come to an agreement as to where the children will live, the Court will determine the children’s primary residence. This is sometimes referred to as “custody”. When the children live primarily with one parent, the Court will determine a visitation schedule for the children to see the other parent.
In some situations, either by agreement or by Court Order, the parents will share a primary residence, and the children will live at each residence for a substantially equal amount of time throughout the year.
Primary residence, shared residence, and visitation schedules vary considerably. Perhaps you wish for your children to live at one home during the school week to provide stability during school, with visitation with the other parent during the weekends. Perhaps you wish for your children to not go more than a few days without seeing either parent. Summer and school vacation time is also used to ensure that children have quality time with both parents.
Whether the children live at a primary residence or live at both parents’ residences for a substantially equal amount of time, the residence of the children will impact the Child Support calculation.
A Family Law Trial Lawyer will help you create a proposed residence and visitation schedule that you believe works best for you and your children.
In making the decision regarding a child’s residence, the Court will consider the “Best Interest of the Child” factors, as listed in the Maine statute, which includes the following:
A Family Law Trial Lawyer will help you analyze your specific family situation with respect to your child’s residence and the rights and responsibilities of each parent.
I received a copy of my son's appeal prepared by Carl E. Woock. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to read this appeal.…
Has a ton of experience. Knows the court and the other attorney which should be helpful.
He is a wonderful attorney, and I definitely recommend him. Thank you very much for your help & support, Steve!
Contacted me promptly & provided professional & extremely useful info which allowed me to have a better understanding of the legal context of the issue.
A+, very helpful & understanding. I'm sure he could've charged much more. I will go to him again if I ever have a legal issue.
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