Our attorneys recognize consultation and guidance are important to clients who need representation in sensitive family law matters. Whether the situation involves custody, spousal maintenance and support or property partitions, we make sure our clients have a thorough understanding of proceedings and proper preparation every step of the way.
Our Approach: From Consultation to Execution
Even prior to retaining Lugenbuhl for a family law matter, our extensive initial consultation with clients allows us to examine the facts and provide advice that allows you to make an informed decision on how to proceed. Upon retention of our firm, we will schedule an initial in-person strategy meeting with your chosen attorney. During this initial meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of your circumstances, ask any questions you have about the process, and determine the best strategy to get the result you want. After that initial strategy meeting, our team will put into action the strategy chosen with frequent and continued communication throughout the journey to resolution.
Minimizing Emotional Stress and Cost, but Ready to Go to the Mat
Lugenbuhl attorneys are committed to being responsive, thoughtful, prepared and appropriately aggressive from the beginning of a case through its conclusion. We are also always sensitive to cost. Where possible – and it often is – we will do everything possible to settle issues and entire cases. But, if trial become the best or the only option, Lugenbuhl attorneys are ready to fight.
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements: These are contracts formed either before or after parties are married to settle a couple’s affairs and assets in case a divorce arises at some later date.
- Marital dissolution: This includes the litigation of the divorce under Louisiana Civil Code Articles 102 and 103, including divorces before and after physical separation as well as those based on the fault of a party, such as adultery and domestic abuse.
- Initial determination and/or modifications of child custody and visitation: This not only includes the amount of time each parent will have physical custody of the minor children, but who makes the education and health decisions and how the affairs of the minor children are handled.
- Intrafamily adoption: This is the adoption of children within the family by a step-parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, step-grandparent or relative to the twelfth degree (first cousins, once removed).
- Initial determination and/or modifications of child support: This is the valuation of support typically given to the custodial parent with a smaller income to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the minor children. Our firm can make sure that your rights, as either the provider or receiver, are protected.
- Interim and final spousal support: This is the valuation of support sometimes given to the party with a smaller income to maintain their lifestyle during the pendency of the divorce and/or their basic needs after divorce is finalized. Much like child support, our firm can make sure that your rights, as either the provider or receiver, are protected.
- Paternity: Paternity refers to legally establishing that a man is the father of a child. Petitions can be filed by both men and women for various reasons, many of which involve child custody and support.
- Division of assets and debts: This is often the division of community property. It is the valuation of and division of the parties’ assets and debts after the conclusion of the divorce.
- Domestic violence: Obtaining protection from an abuser and the support the law affords while the abused party heals from that abuse.