FAMILY LAW & CUSTODY

CHILD CUSTODY

Protecting a parent’s children is our primary goal. We believe that listening well to our clients and giving them practical advice are the best ways to help our clients get what they need for their children. We want to help you keep your children safe while minimizing the destruction that can be done to them in these emotion-filled challenges. We also strive to let the child’s voice be heard, whenever appropriate.

 

DIVORCE

When couples separate, emotions often run high, and that can cause problems. We believe that good listening and effective advice can keep a tough situation from getting worse. We focus on finding agreement wherever possible and getting through the divorce as quickly and peacefully as possible.

 

We can also help a divorcing party to get a name change as part of the same action. Please contact us for more details.

 

ADOPTIONS

Adopting a child is both a wonderful thing and a challenge. The process is more complex than it may initially appear, so having experienced representation is crucial. Whether there is an agreement, or in circumstances where consent is not possible, we can help get you through the whole adoption process. We also strive to do so in a cost-effective manner. We also seek mutual agreement whenever possible, in the interests of reducing strife and costs.

 

Often, those seeking to adopt must first get the biologic parents’ rights terminated in order for the adoption to be able to proceed. Please see our section on TPRs below.

 

NAME CHANGES

Changing your or your child’s name should not a painful experience. We aim to streamline this complex process and to help you in the speediest and most cost-effective way possible. We can also help you with getting a name change as part of a divorce. There are pitfalls in the name changing process, so please contact us to discuss the particulars of your situation.

 

TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS

Termination of Parental Rights actions (“TPRs”) are one of the most challenging areas of juvenile law. The law makes many specific demands that the TPR is filed properly. There are thousands of Court of Appeals decisions that interpret and direct the entire process.

 

Experience matters. We have handled dozens of TPRs, both defending the parents and pursuing the termination for the petitioner. Please contact us to discuss the merits of your case. No matter what side of the case you are on, we can help.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Jason Gast, Attorney At Law, P.A.  • 828-242-4040 • Contact Us Online