Family Law Lawyers Missoula, MT
For over 13 years, we have committed ourselves to providing the best family law, mediation and child welfare services in Montana. We act in the best interest of you and your family, whether that means negotiating a fair settlement, or following through with a contested trial.
What is Family Law? Family Law covers many legal issues like: Divorce, annulment of marriage, legal separation, creating or modification of parenting plans, prenuptial agreements, paternity, legal name changes, guardianship, adoption and several other important areas involving families. For a better idea of legal terms and to research what you may be looking for visit our explanation of family law terms page.
We’re fundamentally interested in using our skills and experience as family law and divorce attorneys in Missoula MT, to help people during some of the most challenging times in their lives.
We understand the stress and anxiety you may be feeling, the challenges you’re facing, and we are here to help you and be on your side. We offer excellent family law services at reasonable rates that you can afford. You need to consider your family, your children, your finances, and your future. We will help you navigate this challenging journey.
If you want to research some common Montana family law issues go to our family law dedicated website MissoulaDivorce.com link for some free family law resources.
Do You Need To Hire a Family Lawyer?
The end of a marriage, the breakup of a family, or the fear of losing the care and custody of your children are among the worst times in a person’s life. Protecting our clients’ interests and advocating for their needs is rewarding to us at the Judnich Law Office. Ask yourself this question – if you needed a surgery, would you perform it yourself, or would you hire a doctor? Of course you would hire a doctor. So why would you try to handle complicated and important legal issues such as marriage, money and children by yourself and without an attorney to advocate for you? Our firm understands your concerns and needs and we work with you to achieve your goals. Children are our most valuable asset, so ensure you are protecting them and yourself and invest in an experienced family law attorney and firm such as ours to ensure it is done right the first time, and you are not spending increased time and money down the line to fix mistakes you could make without an experienced attorney.
We get to know our clients, their fears, and their wishes for the future. We value our relationships with clients and work to achieve the best possible outcome for their lives. We don’t ignore your calls or your needs and we have the experience in this specific area of law to get the results you need. We are also parents, and know first-hand, what is at stake in a family law case.
You need an advocate for your rights. That’s why you need to hire a family lawyer without delay.
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What We Do
Our process is simple: we listen to you and provide you with the best legal representation available. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but that’s the fundamental philosophy of the family law practice at Judnich Law Office.
We encourage you to contact us for a no obligation consultation. Share your story and concerns with us and we’ll help you to understand your options and how you may wish to proceed. Our consultations are always confidential, even if you don’t hire us.
We’ll answer all of your initial consultation questions at no charge if you retain us. If you do not retain us after the initial consultation a fee will be charged for the amount of time of your consultation.
At Judnich Law we’re experienced in a variety of family law specialties, including divorce, child custody, child visitation, and child support, to name just a few. Keep reading to learn more about our areas of expertise.
How We Can Help You
A divorce, also known as a dissolution of marriage, isn’t just the end of your marriage. The results of your divorce can impact the rest of your life, your ex-partner’s life, your living situation and your children’s lives. Divorce can be a confusing, stressful, and contentious process, especially if you and your spouse don’t see eye-to-eye. Having an advocate fight for your interests will ensure you do things the right way the first time and can move on feeling assured you are protected and have received everything you deserve.
No matter how simple and amicable the end of your marriage may seem, you need a lawyer to look out for your rights. Basic issues exist for any divorce such as debt, assets, loans, real estate, life insurance and others that you need an attorney to help you negotiate the division of these issues. As a divorce proceeds, other issues emerge including spousal support (alimony), division of significant assets, and child custody, visitation and child support. Some of these issues are time sensitive, so if you are considering a divorce, contact us to discuss your options.
Child Custody, Child Visitation, & Child Support
In any divorce that involves children, it is the children’s well-being that is most important. At Judnich Law Office we represent parents involved in child custody, child visitation, and child support disputes and changes. We can help negotiate agreements between parents or if no agreement can be reached we will fight for your rights in court before a judge.
Child support calculations have guidelines that must be considered and our office can help you rest assured that your children are receiving everything they are supposed to be receiving. In addition to child custody disputes between parents, we represent parents who are facing an investigation by the Department of Family Services, as well as parents whose children have been removed from their custody.
We will work with you to assure the courts that you are the best parent for your children, and do everything possible to ensure the best placement for your children.
Guardian ad Litem Services
We can act as a Guardian ad Litem in Missoula, Ravalli, and Lake Counties.
Guardian ad Litems are appointed by the Court, and/or by the agreement of the parents to:
- Investigate a child[ren]’s circumstances
- Advocate on behalf of the child
- Make recommendations regarding both temporary and final parenting plans that will best meet the child’s best interests
Other Family Law Specialties
Family law is more than divorce and child custody, however. Our attorneys at the Judnich Law Office can represent you in a variety of family law situations and conflicts, including:
Adoptions & Step-Parent Adoptions
We help facilitate a variety of adoptions, including both contested and uncontested– when biological parents relinquish their parental rights. We also work with step-parents who are looking to adopt their stepchildren.
Depending on the type of adoption you’re involved in, we can help you work with the Department of Family Services or a private adoption agency.
If you have any questions about any kind of adoption proceedings, get in touch. We’ll answer your questions, free of charge.
A prenuptial agreement helps engaged couples protect the property and finances they are bringing to their marriage. A prenuptial agreement can cover each party’s rights to owned or shared property, how assets will be divided up in the case of divorce or death, and any other matters related to a couple’s assets.
We can help you negotiate a prenuptial agreement, as well as review any prenuptial agreement that you’ve been asked to sign.
In Montana, prior to filing for divorce, spouses must live separately for at least 180 days. A legal separation can be used as precursor or alternative to filing for divorce. The main difference is that a legal separation does not end your marriage. It does, however, prevent you or your spouse from marrying anyone else.
Some spouses may prefer a legal separation instead when their marriage is stressed but are not certain they want to file for divorce. We’re available to help you file for a legal separation or answer any questions you have about legal separations in Montana.
While these are the most common areas of our family law practice, we’re also available to counsel you on issues related to:
- Restraining orders
- Domestic disputes
- Grandparent’s Rights & Custody
- Legal name changes
We’re on Your Side.
We are Missoula-based attorneys focusing on Criminal Defense with a history of winning cases.
Client comfort and confidence is our goal.
Clients Trust Judnich Law
“Lucy has defended us and represented us in a manner that has left us speechless. To say she is a great attorney seems so small and unworthy of the praise she deserves. She took on a tough case that has been an emotional and ethical journey that will never be forgotten. The fierce fighter you have in Lucy serves not only us well, but anyone she represents.
To have her in our corner is not only the best gift God has given us in this process, but reassures us that with her doing the job she does for people like us, that this world is a better place because of people like her.
We are so thankful for her and all of your staff. Cases may come and go, but to us, Lucy has become a member of our family – sharing the hardest time of our lives – and helping us get through it. All the money in the world can’t buy the sincerity of her kindness, dedication and actions of pure love on our case – that’s just who she is – and for that we are truly thankful.
We would recommend her to anyone in Missoula. She is one in a million, a bright star that shines beyond measure. Lucy is our diamond and we know your firm treasures her like we do.”
— Tana & Rob Re
I have used Judnich Law Office twice in the past three years. First, Vinnie represented me for an auto accident claim. At four months pregnant, the stress of the auto accident was not something my body could take on. It was such a blessing to have Vinnie handling the medical payments and talking with the adjusters so I could focus on getting treatment and being a new mom.
Then, almost a year later I hired Lucy to help me with a parenting plan and custody issue for my daughter. A new job was taking me out of state and my daughter’s father was not adhering to the original parenting plan and now fighting me for full custody. I needed help with mediation, court paperwork, and most importantly having my daughter’s needs met.
Thanks to Lucy and her team, I had people who were fighting for my daughter’s rights rather than fighting for paternal rights. To have someone willing to fight when you have been told there is nothing you can do was a relief.
When all was said and done I was allowed to take the new job, better provide for my daughter, and further my career. I could not thank Judnich Law Office enough for giving me peace of mind and giving me my life back.
— Heather Jenner