Our ultimate goal is to help you improve your life and work for the best interests of your children — to make things better, not magnify problems and conflicts. We can help you resolve the important matters.
If you are grappling with divorce, child custody, child support, or another family law issue, you may be concerned about being treated fairly in court. You may also be concerned about protecting your children from the unnecessary harm that can come from legal conflicts. Attorney Michelle Achterberg Welch will make sure you are treated fairly and that your children's needs are met.
As your attorney, we will make sure the playing field is level. We handle all aspects of your legal matter so that the burden on you will be as light as possible. We listen to your concerns, return your phone calls, and keep you informed of developments in your case. Contact us today.
Ending a marriage is never easy, regardless of whether you have been married for two years or 20 years. Attorney Michelle Achterberg Welch can help you dissolve your marriage. We will identify and value marital assets and debts, determine the nature and extent of household incomes, and work closely with you to develop appropriate settlement options based on your circumstances. We encourage clients to find cooperative ways when ending their marriages. But we also use all necessary measures to protect the rights of our clients and their children — whether through negotiation or in court.
Child support payments are a contribution by one parent to another parent to defray the actual costs associated with raising a child. Many factors may influence the determination of an appropriate child support payment. Whether by agreement or litigated resolution, we will assist you in determining a basic child support obligation and calculating whether deviations or adjustments from the basic child support payment are warranted. We can also assist you with modifying an existing child support order or terminating child support payments. Attorney Michelle Achterberg Welch is experienced in actions to enforce court ordered awards of child support and in navigating the administrative processes.
Spousal SupporT (Maintenance or Alimony)
Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, has many factors that determine the duration and amount awarded. The calculation of and conditions for spousal support is usually left to the discretion of the court. Often overlooked by the parties involved are potentially significant tax implications for both the payee and the payer. Questions about spousal support can be answered through consultation with Attorney Michelle Achterberg Welch.
Modification of Court Orders
If your circumstances have changed substantially, we can help you change your situation. As time passes, changes to a party's circumstance can create a need to modify the original order. As with child custody arrangements, support arrangements can also require modification from the original order to protect the parties involved.