Family law services

OUR FEATURED LEGAL SERVICES

At Karpenski & Schmelkin, we have extensive experience handling all aspects of divorce matters. We assist our clients with contested issues involving custody, parental rights, child support, removal, complex financial matters,  alimony, property division, insurance, business evaluations, and taxes.  Divorces can be very emotionally charged and we will focus on your immediate and long-term goals and aggressively fight in court on your behalf to protect your interests. We handle each case individually and partner with our clients to custom tailor the best possible strategy. Whether it is a negotiation, hearing or trial, we will not stop fighting for our clients and will zealously advocate their position from the beginning of their case through to the end. Contact us to get started.

Divorces

Divorces involve challenging decisions, none of which should be made in haste. Your finances, your home, and your children could be at risk.  We at Karpenski & Schmelkin are here to guide you through the process and help you make the best decisions for your individual case. Learn more about our divorce services here.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Custody

Whether you are going through a divorce or you have a child out-of-wedlock and need assistance with custody, parenting time and/or child support, let our experience and knowledge help guide you through the process.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Modifications

Circumstances change.  It’s very common that prior judgments will need to be revisited. Life throws you curveballs and what might have been working when your original judgment entered may not be working now. Perhaps your children are getting older and their needs have changed.  Perhaps your income has changed.  Perhaps there is a loss of a job or your ex has an increase in income.  Perhaps an opportunity has arisen for you to relocate with the children. If there has been a change in your life then a modification of the prior judgment may be appropriate. Learn more about our modifications services here.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Contempts

In the event your “ex” is ignoring the terms of your court order or judgment, we at Karpenski & Schmelkin will not only assist you in having the order or judgment enforced, we will defend against contempt claims made against you.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Adoptions

Growing your family is a happy exciting time for you!  Don’t be bogged down by the quagmire of adoption paperwork, let Karpenski & Schmelkin take care of it for you.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Equity Issues

Not everything in life is black and white and there may arise a scenario where the law doesn’t provide a legal remedy for your issue but principles of equity and fairness apply. An example of this might be a dispute over personal property with an ex you were never married to or a dispute with a co-owner of real estate or other property.   We at Karpenski & Schmelkin will zealously advocate to get you what is rightfully yours. Learn more about how we can help you with property division issues here.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Joint Petitions

If you and your spouse decide you want to divorce and have no dispute as to any issues involving children, property, or the like, a joint petition may be for you.  Likewise, if you and your spouse want to work collaboratively towards resolution, a joint petition may be for you.  Contact Karpenski & Schmelkin today to determine what’s best for you.  Karpenski & Schmelkin will zealously represent you in the process.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Mediation

Litigation is not for everyone. It may be that you and your spouse (or former spouse) would like to sit down with an independent third party who can assist you in arriving at a solution over your legal dispute. In appropriate circumstances mediation is a great alternative to litigation.  Contact Karpenski & Schmelkin today to determine if mediation is best for you.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements

There’s a lot of planning involved with a wedding, and a prenuptial agreement should be a part of that planning.  A prenuptial agreement is an important tool that helps to define both your ad your intended’s property.   Contact Karpenski & Schmelkin to find out if you and your intendeds assets need to be protected.

It may not be too late to protect your assets even if you are married. A postnuptial agreement is signed with the intention of remaining married however defines the parties’ property rights.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.

Restraining Orders and Harassment Prevention Orders

If you are or have been the victim of domestic violence let Karpenski & Schmelkin fight for you in the courtroom.  You deserve all the protections you are afforded under the law.   We at Karpenski & Schmelkin have extensive experience in both bringing and defending complaints for restraining orders.

Under certain circumstances, an individual may apply for a harassment prevention order; let Karpenski & Schmelkin fight on your behalf against harassing behavior and/or defend you against petitions for harassment prevention orders.

All people are equal before the law. A good attorney.