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07/29/2017
By: Janet T.
DAWN
The team at DAWN met with me for a free consultation. I asked how much time I had and was told as long as it would take. Both Mellissa Powell and Dylan White listened sympathetically as I explained my situation. When I approached DAWN I had just fired my initial attorney, and by comparison I was certain with them in my corner I would be well-represented. Dylan White was my counsel. He was diligent and caring. He never let me down for one second. Behind the scenes, he and Melissa Powell consulted concerning my divorce matters.When I visited their offices, Melissa Powell would also come out at least to say hello and see how I was doing. I went to them in early February of 2017. It is the end of July only, and I am now divorced. Dylan continues to tie up the few loose ends that are left. I made a wise decision in hiring them.
09/12/2013
By: jennifer.glatz.eldred
DAWN
Everyone at DAWN was extremely helpful, kind and attentive during my difficult and scary divorce from an abusive husband. They were with me every step of the way and I never felt alone during the whole process. They kept me up to date without me having to call to find out what was going on. In the end I ended up with full custody of my kids and a very fair amount of child support (in my favor). I don't know what I would have done without them! If you are going through a divorce or thinking about getting divorced, make sure to call DAWN.
11/16/2015
By: Rob K.
Relph Robert
Although my divorce has been final for over 5 years, I needed Bob's help to dispute a child support recommendation by the Friend of the Court. Bob was excellent in walking me through the process, always keeping my budget in mind. Highly recommended.
11/07/2013
By: Laurie C.
Gillard & Gillard PLLC
Joe is always quick to get on your case. He is always fair with His feed and willing to work with you. I highly recommend him.
Tips & Advices
Each state has different mandates on how child support is determined. But there are some basic factors that underline how costs are determined in each state, including:
  • Income level of parent that needs to pay support (in the case of joint custody, the costs are determined by income of each party and the percentage of time the child spends with each parent)
  • Financial needs of child
  • Child’s standard of living before the divorce occurred
This is a divorce in which one party does not have to prove that the other’s actions lead to a deterioration of the marriage. The reason for divorce is listed as "irreconcilable differences" or an "irreparable breakdown of the marriage,” meaning the marriage was no longer working and could not be repaired.
Family law attorneys are helpful in cases where the two parties are not on amicable terms. The lawyers can act as intermediaries between the two parties and help them come to any settlement agreements, however long that may take. Lawyers can also help parties navigate tricky state laws regarding settlement agreements and child custody, thus expediting the process.
A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on either the necessity of the divorce as a whole, or how assets (money, property, etc.) and child custody should be split between them in the divorce. An uncontested divorce is when the parties are in agreement on how assets and child custody will be split between them. These divorces can sometimes be handled without hiring a lawyer.
It is possible for a couple to get a divorce without hiring a family law attorney. If the two parties are in agreement on how finances, child custody, properties, etc., will be split, then they can file the necessary court documents themselves and avoid the services of a lawyer.

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