Family Law

Legal matters involving family issues are inherently fragile. Often, family members are taking other family members to court over a disagreement. In divorce, child custody and other issues relating to money and children, emotions typically run high. At a time when you most need to think rationally and clearly, your may be overwhelmed by feelings of anger, resentment, fear and shame.

Divorce And Child Custody Attorney Serving Laramie, Cheyenne And Southeastern Wyoming

This is where a skilled lawyer can be of great benefit. J. James Learned of The Learned Law Firm, LLC, in Laramie represents clients in all family law situations. He understands Wyoming family law, how cases are tried in court and the range of likely outcomes. As your legal representative, he will keep a clear head and work to advance your goals, even on your worst days of trial or negotiations with the other side.

James can also help you avoid many of the legal pitfalls that cause family law cases to collapse. Areas in which he represents clients include:

  • Divorce
  • High net worth divorce
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Property division
  • Modifications of orders
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Family adoption
  • Juvenile court representation

Did You Know? Facts About Wyoming Family Law

Wyoming is a no-fault divorce/equitable distribution state. This means the courts are predisposed to divide assets acquired during the marriage equally (or, more accurately, of equal market value) to each spouse. Adultery and other acts that might be considered "fault" for divorce in other states may be considered, but are not guaranteed to play a role in a judge's final decision on a division of assets. For this reason, it is wise to resolve matters out of court whenever possible, so you and your former spouse can retain control of how your assets are divided. An experienced asset division law firm like The Learned Law Firm, LLC, can determine the values of various assets so that the correct values and ownership are considered in settlement negotiations or before a judge.

In child custody matters, the "best interest of the child" is the overriding concern to Wyoming courts. As a result, courts tend to allow both parents access to children after a divorce. There is no specific age at which a child can decide to live with a parent, so if parents cannot agree to a custody arrangement, a judge could end up determining that arrangement for years to come.

Also, in child custody matters, most Wyoming courts require that a guardian ad litem be appointed and that parents attend mediation in advance of a child custody settlement. Mediation can be expensive and does not guarantee that the matter will be settled out of court. The least expensive option, when practical, is to settle child your child custody matters with your spouse to avoid mediation and/or trial.

Ignoring facts like these can ruin your legal case and deplete your bank account. This is why it is important to contact James Learned, your knowledgeable and effective Cheyenne family law attorney.

Contact Our Firm

Our attorney stands ready to assist you in your family legal matter, in litigation or in settlement. For more information, contact The Learned Law Firm, LLC, at 307-201-3705. We represent clients in Laramie, Cheyenne, Casper and surrounding communities.