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Family Law Attorney in Lafayette, Lousiana

At Southern Oaks Law Firm, our highly skilled and experienced team of family law professionals know that dealing with a family law matter is a stressful and emotional experience, and it’s natural for clients to feel overwhelmed, scared, and confused.

Fortunately, you don’t have to fear the unknown, nor endure the anxiety and stress caused by the family law process, alone.

That is why we are here.

Our mission is to facilitate fresh starts for our clients, by providing them with the education, support, and guidance they need to make it through the family law process and move forward with their lives in a healthier and happier way.

Whether this is your first divorce, you need to establish or modify child custody or child support, or you are seeking legal solutions to secure your blended family’s future, we understand the challenges you face, and we’re committed to helping you navigate through these difficult times with confidence, dignity, and grace.

Our Lafayette Parish family law lawyers will listen to each detail of your story, and actually hear you, because we are you. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact divorce, child custody, and property division matters have on your personal and professional life because we have been there too.

We produce real results for real people, no matter their family law journeys, because every step you take from this point forward matters. And because it matters to you, it matters to us.

Together, we can turn your family law matter into a positive experience and facilitate a fresh start for you and your family.

Contact us today to learn more about our process, so you can breathe easier knowing all your questions are answered, and that solutions — instead of ongoing obstacles — are finally within reach. We want to help secure your family’s future without further delay.

Our Louisiana family law attorneys provide customized legal solutions for Louisiana residents, regardless of their age, race, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, in the following practice areas:

Family law matters — from their initiation through a negotiated or court-ordered outcome —significantly impact each aspect of our clients’ lives. We fully understand that until the legal process is behind you, nothing else matters. Our Lafayette family law attorneys believe everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a positive outcome for their unique cases, because their future success, happiness, and well-being depend on it.

Frequently Asked Questions for Our Family Law Attorneys in Lafayette, Louisiana

At Southern Oaks Law Firm, we provide full-service family law representation, meaning we offer comprehensive legal advice, guidance, and solutions for all aspects of your family law case.

In most cases, our fellow Louisiana residents are unsure what their family law needs entail, which is exactly why we are here. We will work with you to identify and strategically outline each aspect of your case that needs to be addressed – including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, the division of community property, and other issues that may arise in your case – without leaving a single detail to chance.

Allow us to give your story the voice it deserves to pursue real results inside and outside the courtroom, so your future begins now.

The costs associated with your Louisiana family law case are unique to your legal representation needs. Since family law is an all-encompassing category, someone who is pursuing a contested divorce after a long-term marriage with multiple children, significant assets, and complex future needs will require a potentially more involved legal approach than someone who is pursuing an uncontested divorce with no children or shared assets.

No matter the intricate details of your case, our skilled Lafayette family law attorneys focus on resolving your matter as quickly and efficiently as possible through preparation and skilled negotiations when appropriate. This approach is two-fold: First, it allows you to keep more of your hard-earned money, instead of spending it on legal fees. Next, and more importantly, it allows you to start your new life without further delay.

Our Lafayette family lawyers believe in taking a “settlement first” approach to resolving family law issues. That means we will make every reasonable effort to settle contested matters without the emotional and financial burden of trial. Simply put, we believe in less fighting, and more moving forward, whenever possible.

The problem is, the other side may not have the same sense of urgency to resolve the issues outside of the courtroom. In some cases, legal negotiations stall because the issues are far more comprehensive than either party could have imagined. In others, the inability to compromise — or, unfortunately, general spite — can prolong legal resolutions.

To ensure our clients are achieving the results they deserve, we explain how our Louisiana family laws and statutes apply to their circumstances, so they can make informed decisions about the direction of their case. This may mean outlining the defining details of your case, so together we can present an intelligently crafted settlement to the opposing party for review and negotiation with their attorney, or attending mediation sessions to help ensure your rights are protected from the start of your case.

If your case cannot be wholly managed and finalized outside of the courtroom, rest assured we will be fully prepared to litigate your position at trial. At Southern Oaks Family Law, we prepare each case as if we will be arguing before a judge, so we are ready to enter the courtroom at a moment’s notice.

To remain focused on our commitment to representing all Louisiana residents, no matter their marital status, gender association, or sexual orientation, our Lafayette family law attorneys and support staff pride ourselves on continued education with an emphasis on evolving legislation and family law statutes that impact our Louisiana LGBTQ+ communities. This allows us to represent all Louisianans using the experience, skillset, and resources necessary to pursue customized solutions for all their family law needs.

Current and past LGBTQ+ services we provide include:

  • Same-sex adoptions
  • Same-sex divorce, custody, etc.
  • Name changes
  • Amended birth certificates

While our Louisiana family lawyers only view our clients through a solution-focused lens, we know our laws have not fully evolved to provide the protections everyone is entitled to. Nonetheless, we are dedicated to expanding all of our clients’ legal options, so they can pursue the futures they deserve.

The short answer is, yes. No law says you must partner with an experienced family law attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana to proceed with your case. However, family law matters are inherently emotional. This means your personal feelings may cloud your judgment, which could mean you are overlooking important legal details, or forfeiting legal rights you did not know you had.

This is common in some relationships, where one party may try to convince the other that he/she/they can “oversee all the details,” so “all you have to do is sign.” This is not in your best interest. Even if your divorce or other family law needs are straightforward, it is imperative that your rights are protected from the beginning. We can help ensure this is true, starting with an initial case assessment.

Southern Oaks Law Firm Specializes in Louisiana Family Law Matters

At Southern Oaks Law Firm, we focus exclusively on providing advice and services regarding Louisiana family law issues. We stay informed about the latest legal developments in the field of family law, which allows us to provide our clients with the highest quality of service during this difficult time.

We have successfully handled hundreds of family law cases. Because of that, we know that no two families are alike, nor do they have the same family law needs. Although we may not all look alike, we understand that partnering with the right Louisiana family lawyer is an important decision that will help shape your future.

What you are going through is more than challenging, it is physically, mentally, financially, and emotionally taxing.

Our team shares some of our clients’ personal experiences, including those of an unmarried dad navigating and enforcing child custody rights, a married father solidifying the well-being of a blended family, and a mother that has been through the divorce process. These real-life experiences allows us to directly connect with our clients and provide compassionate client service and tailored solutions meant to secure a fresh start for their future.

Simply put, we know what you are going through because we are you.

Our Lafayette Parish family law attorneys and support staff use both our personal and legal experience, and the resources available by Louisiana law to present calculated, real-time advice that produces long-term, sustainable solutions for our clients. Contact us today to learn more.

Here Is What Past Clients Have To Say…

Partner With a Louisiana Family Law Firm You Can Trust

At Southern Oaks Law Firm, we understand that if you are looking for a Lafayette family law attorney, you are seeking a trusted team of professionals who will handle your case with the compassion, care, and professionalism that you deserve.

We also know that you are looking for a fresh start, and would like to get there as quickly as possible so that you can heal, recover, and move on with your life in a positive direction.

No matter your unique family law circumstances, our Louisiana attorneys and support staff are here to provide a confident legal path forward, so you can finally feel relieved knowing a fresh start is on the horizon.

We are committed to developing personalized legal solutions for individuals and families, no matter where they live or work in Louisiana by:

  • Listening to and fully hearing your story, beginning with a comprehensive case review, so we understand what is important to you.
  • Aligning your personal and family law objectives with the Louisiana laws that apply to your unique case.
  • Crafting a customized case plan to meet your family law goals.
  • Attempting to resolve matters outside of the courtroom whenever possible.
  • Responding to all phone calls, text messages, emails, and other correspondence with the sense of urgency you deserve.
  • Devoting our legal strategies and resources to placing you and your family first, so you can start your new life with the positivity and assurances necessary to thrive.

We achieve our clients’ legal objectives through open and honest communication, individual case planning and preparation, and systems designed to produce consistent, quality results for you and your family. We believe positive outcomes come from partnerships based on trust, loyalty, respect, and determination — not combative, unproductive talks with the other party that prolong the process. How can we help you move forward with confidence?

Attorney Taylor Fontenot Is Committed To His Client Family

Taylor began his career working for some of Lafayette’s largest and most respected personal injury law firms. In March 2016, he left the world of high-volume legal practice to start his own firm, where he is committed to providing exceptional service to individuals, families and businesses in Acadiana.

Contact Our Dedicated Family Law Attorneys in Lafayette, Louisiana Today

At Southern Oaks Law Firm, our forward-thinking Lafayette family lawyers and support staff know where you are in life right now is hard. No matter who you are or what your legal journey entails, we are here to help you pursue a positive outcome for you and your family. We take a sincere approach to helping our clients move forward as smoothly as possible with sustainable legal solutions that fit their unique needs.

You need a Lafayette family law attorney for a reason. No matter what it is, we are here to create customized solutions that fit your unique needs, so you can start anew without delay. Contact our family law attorneys in Lafayette, Louisiana today by calling 337-704-7255 or online to discuss your legal journey with someone who cares about your future.

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