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The practice of family law reaches across a broad spectrum of topics with some of the most common being divorce and child custody. Divorces and child custody arrangements are complex areas of family law which can be exceedingly difficult to handle without the help of a skilled family law attorney.
Going through a divorce can create a list of other issues for the parties involved. For example, when home ownership is a factor, dividing property can become a sore spot between a couple going through a divorce. In addition, when children are involved, the divorce process can become hostile depending on the living arrangements of the parents and their willingness to compromise.
In addition to divorce and child custody, family law also includes a number of lesser discussed topics such as adoption, paternity rights, guardianship, and a number of additional areas. When you are faced with legal issues surrounding your family, your marriage, or your marital property, you need the help of an experienced family attorney who can work toward the best outcome for you.
Attorney for Family Law in Helena, Montana
Greg Beebe of Beebe Law Firm has devoted his career to representing clients in need of legal representation. Whether you are experiencing problems with a custody arrangement, seeking a legal separation from your spouse, concerned about child support, or you are working to divide marital assets, Greg Beebe is here to help.
If you are facing legal problems and require a family law attorney, contact Beebe Law Firm at 1 (406) 442-3625 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. With our office centrally located in downtown Helena, Beebe Law Firm also welcomes clients from the surrounding areas of East Helena, Marysville, Rimini, and Unionville.
Conveniently accessible from Interstate-15, Beebe Law Firm serves clients in Lewis and Clark County and the surrounding counties of Cascade, Jefferson, Teton, and Powell.
A Family Law Attorney You Can Trust
Going through a custody battle, a divorce, or any other family law related issue can be extremely stressful. It is important to work with a family law attorney who will work tirelessly on your behalf to achieve the most desirable results.
Greg Beebe, founder and sole practitioner of Beebe Law Firm, has worked for more than a decade to defending clients to the best of his ability in various areas of law including corporate law and criminal defense law. Through his past experience in different areas of the law, Greg Beebe has an extensive knowledge of Montana law and a thorough understanding of the complexities related to defending a client in court.
Common Areas of Family Law
Some of the most common areas where issues may arise in family law include the following:
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Domestic Violence
- Protective Orders
- Women’s Rights in Divorce
- Spousal Support
- Asset Division
- Fathers’ Rights
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Post-nuptial Agreements
- Prenuptial Agreements
Paternity Actions in Montana
In Montana, the law presumes that a child born during the marriage is the biological child of the husband. When the parents are not sure whether the husband is the father of the child, the parties may want to separately establish paternity.
If the parents of the child are not married, and one of the parties questions the paternity, the issue of establishing paternity must be resolved before entering into a parenting plan.
Under M.C.A. ß 40-6-105, paternity can be established by a court or administrative judgment, decree, or order. An experienced family law attorney can help you establish paternity and deal with issues of child support and establishing a parenting plan.
Attorney for Child Support Determinations in Montana
After a final parenting plan is established, the parties will determine the amount of child support to be paid in compliance with the requirements of M.C.A. ß 40-4-204. The amount of child support to be paid by one parent to another is based on Montana's child support guidelines.
Different computer software programs can help with the complicated calculations so that they conform with the law in Montana. Your attorney will help you prepare the Child Support Guidelines worksheet. During a consultation with an attorney, your attorney can help you understand the procedures used for the child support calculations.
In Montana, the amount of child support is based on what the court considers to be reasonable for raising the child or children based on the following factors:
- How much time the child spends with each parent;
- The age of the child;
- How the child's medical expenses will be paid and which parent is required to pay for the medical insurance;
- The cost of day-care or educational expenses;
- The financial resources available to the child;
- The financial resources available to each parent when considering their income, retirement accounts, pension, or profit-sharing plan;
- The standard of living the child would have had if the parents were still together; and
- The child's emotional, educational, and medical needs.
Parenting Plan Overview - Visit the Parenting Plan Overview page of the Lewis and Clark County Court site to find out more about the Parenting Plan Orientation Program. This website provides information on this program aimed at assisting divorced parents and their children with coping with divorce and creating custody plan negotiations. Also, find tips on communicating and negotiating with a former spouse about child custody.
Violence Against Women - Visit the City of Helena Police Department website to find out more about HPD’s process for investigating acts of family violence and domestic violence. This website provides information on counseling for victims of domestic and family violence. Also, find information on Helena’s sexual and violent offender registry.
Find a Lawyer for Family Law in Helena, Montana
Family law issues are some of the most stressful for many people. Fighting for your property or custody is something you should not have to experience alone. At Beebe Law Firm, we can work with you to try and find the most favorable outcome that works for all parties involved.
At Beebe Law Firm, we have a history of zealously representing our clients and only working towards results which are in their best interest. If you are starting the process of a divorce, trying to develop a proper custody arrangement, a victim of domestic violence seeking a protective order, or facing any other family law related issue, call Beebe Law Firm at .
Located in downtown Helena, Beebe Law Firm proudly accepts clients from neighboring cities including Marysville, East Helena, Rimini, and Unionville. If you are located in Lewis and Clark County, Teton County, Cascade County, Powell County, or Jefferson County.
This article was last updated on January 26, 2017.