Family Law

Gess Mattingly & Atchison, P.S.C. is one of Lexington’s oldest law firms, having been formed over 60 years ago, and our family law practice has earned a reputation of excellence.  Our family law practitioners represent clients in a variety of matters in Fayette County and the surrounding area.  We understand that individuals who need the services of a family law attorney are often faced with profound personal and financial issues, and our attorneys work hand-in-hand with clients to solve those issues so the client and the client’s family members can overcome the uncertainty and move forward with their lives.

Family Law – An Overview

Family law is the term that is applied to the laws and rules developed regarding family relationships.  Family law rules define not only the relationships between members of a family, but also between a family and society as a whole.  More than any other area of the law, family law reflects the values society shares regarding how people who are related should treat each other.

A divorce, also referred to as dissolution of marriage, is a method of terminating the legal relationship that is created between a man and woman by virtue of their marriage. Entry of a decree of dissolution gives each person the legal status of a single person. The dissolution process also legally divides the couple’s assets and debts, determines the care and custody of their children and determines appropriate child and spousal support obligations.

Typically, family law attorneys assist people with the making and breaking of family relationships.  Specific areas of representation usually include divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, spousal support, and prenuptial agreements.  When you are faced with an important life decision regarding a key family relationship, the advice and assistance of an experienced family law attorney often proves crucial to your understanding of the issues involved and your satisfaction with the ultimate outcome of the family-related concern you face.

We are here for you

Whether you need a pre-nuptial agreement or representation in a divorce or post-divorce matter, our experienced attorneys can help.  We have an established and highly regarded family law practice, and our attorneys have ample experience representing clients in the full-range of family law matters in Fayette County and the surrounding area.

We are accustomed to handling the most complex divorce issues including the valuation of closely-held businesses and professional practices; the identification and tracing of non-marital claims; division of retirement assets; child custody determinations and modifications; time-sharing disputes; child relocation cases; child support determinations and modifications; paternity matters; and spousal support claims.

Our entire staff is sensitive to the stress our clients often experience during a family law matter.  We handle such matters routinely, and we strive to reduce client stress by identifying and addressing the potential issues and outcomes presented by each client’s individual case as early in the process as possible.  Our clients are treated as partners throughout the process of solving their unique problems and our attorneys take pride in being readily accessible to each client throughout their case.

If you need immediate representation or if you are simply contemplating divorce or otherwise need advice as to any domestic relations matter, please contact Gess Mattingly & Atchison, P.S.C. confidential inquiry.  For over 60 years we have been providing quality legal services to individuals and families throughout the Bluegrass Region … let our tradition of excellence continue with you.

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