Family Law

Family Matters

While we respect the sensitivity of legal action when it comes to family, we will prepare your case with the same vigor as any other litigation. We help you navigate through challenging situations while keeping your best interest at heart.

How We Can Help

Divorce and Legal Separation

Dissolving a marriage or obtaining a legal separation can be overwhelming. We guide you through the process and assist with property and debt division, establishing parenting time, and setting up separate households. If there is the potential that the marriage can be repaired in the future, Dodd Law Firm can assist with a legal separation.

Parenting Plans

Montana law places the interests of a child first and the court considers a number of factors when formulating a parenting plan. As trial lawyers, we excel in the courtroom and at mediation and we have a strong background in matters such as:

  • Shared parenting
  • Children with special needs
  • Child alienation
  • Domestic violence
  • Abduction
  • Relocation
  • Modification of existing Parenting Plans

Child Support

Montana Child Support Laws and Guidelines ensure financial costs are evenly divided. We have a thorough understanding of the calculation and enforcement requirements involved and are adept in setting, modifying, or enforcing the state guidelines to make sure what you are paying or receiving for support is accurate and appropriate.

Spousal Support

Determining whether or not the court will award spousal support involves many considerations. Evaluation of the circumstances for an award for spousal support is dependent upon:

  • Length of marriage
  • Contributions to the relationship
  • Prior agreements
  • Employment or ability to be employed
  • Parties’ lifestyle during the marriage
  • Other spouse’s ability to contribute to spousal support

Asset Division

Separating assets can be an emotional experience, often with vivid memories and emotions attached. Montana law has specific parameters to help determine an equitable outcome.These include:

  • When it was acquired
  • How it was acquired
  • Spouse’s contributions to maintaining the asset or liability
  • Injustice that may occur from the distribution

As your advocate, Dodd Law Firm works to achieve the best possible outcome for a fair asset and debt distribution, including unique and hight net-worth

Guardianships and Conservatorships

When it becomes necessary for someone to make decisions on behalf of a child or incapacitated adult, there are two options based on the need of the person.

  • Guardianships, which appoint someone to care for and make personal decisions related to the health care, safety, habitation, and therapeutic needs of another.
  • Conservatorships, which appoint someone to solely make financial or property decisions for another.

We are able to quickly and efficiently establish guardianships or conservatorships based on the best option for you and your goals.

Settlement and Mediation

Many family law matters are best resolved through alternative dispute resolution, such as a settlement conference or mediation. This option is almost always shorter and less expensive than traditional litigation and allows us to craft a unique solution for your unique family. Dodd Law Firm works with you to determine how the best resolution may be reached for your case.

Appeals

If you feel that a final judgement, order, or decree does not reflect the facts of your case, you may be able to appeal to the Montana Supreme Court. Although appeals can be expensive and are governed by strict rules, we are well-versed in the rules and are adept at working through errors the court may have committed.

Common Law Marriage

Montana recognizes common law marriage and affords the same rights and obligations as those in traditional marriages. However, you cannot simply slide into an unintended common law marriage. We can help you determine what elements of the common law marriage exist and what rights you may have if you choose to end it.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Montana recognizes Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, if properly executed. Dodd Law Firm can help you to draft (or challenge) these legally binding contracts that may include provisions for spousal support, guardianship of children, and forfeiture of assets or other rights.


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