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Family Law and Divorce

Many people think of family law they think of divorce proceedings. While Christopher N. Luhn, P.C. does handle divorce issues in the Capital District (Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, and Warren Counties), such as child custody, alimony, child support, visitation rights, no fault divorces, separations, and asset allocation, we also specialize in various other forms of family law as well.  For instance, we can resolve issues pertaining to civil unions and other domestic partnerships. Moreover, we have settled family law matters that dealt with spousal abuse, child molestation, and child abduction.

Furthermore, we never lose sight of the turmoil and stress that family conflicts can cause on our clients. Fortunately, we believe in the “Family comes first” motto and will do everything in their power to ensure that the interests of your child or children are placed first. We follow strict ethical standards and avoid cutthroat tactics that make fair and collaborative resolutions more difficult, and that drive up costs. Our Family Court Attorney is your legal advocate during this difficult time. 

Child Custody

Courts will usually try to balance the rights of both parents in making a determination about custody. However, the “best interests of the child” — the legal standard in New York, and in most other jurisdictions — usually trumps everything and everyone.

Legal Custody determines whether, and under what circumstances, parents have a say in the significant events in a child’s life, including child-rearing decisions. These can include everything from choice of schools, religious upbringing, nutritional decisions, choice of healthcare providers, and participation in extra-curricular activities.

Physical Custody determines the circumstances and the periods of time a child can or will spend with either parent. The terms of any custody can involve joint physical custody, or sole physical custody. Generally, though, unless the Court decides that one parent is utterly ill suited to have any custodial rights, joint physical custody is generally the arrangement that prevails. Even then, one parent will often be deemed to have primary physical custody (for instance, a Custody Order may provide as follows: “Mrs. Jones shall be deemed to be the primary physical custodian for the purpose of determining the child’s school district”, or words to that effect).  Thus, even when a court awards one parent primary physical custody, it will still award the other parent visitation (often referred to as “access”), setting schedules to see the child at regular intervals, including holiday access, and sometimes with restrictions as to time, settling, and can even require that there be a “supervisor” present during the visitation periods.

Civil Litigation

We understand that as much as your may want to a settle a dispute without having to go to court, that isn’t always possible. If you have a non-criminal matter that you cannot seem to find a resolution for, Christopher Luhn is your advocate to fine a fair and just solution.

We start by going through the basics of your case, what your options are for finding a solution, and how your case may unfold in the legal system.

Personal Injury

Being injured due to negligence can mean that you are due compensation for your injuries. If you believe that you were hurt due to negligence by another, we can help you navigate the legal system, understand your rights and help you garner compensation.

As an well versed personal injury attorney, Chris Luhn is your advocate during the entire process of recouping medical costs due to an injury.

Vehicle & Traffic Law

Being involved in a traffic accident is stressful enough, you deserve a strong traffic attorney by your side. We provide legal counsel for the following vehicle & traffic issues:

  • DUI / DWI
  • Hit & Run Accidents
  • Careless Driving Tickets
  • Speeding Tickets & Traffic Tickets
  • Reckless Driving Tickets
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Driving With a Revoked License
  • Driving Without a License
  • Vehicular Assault

The sooner you hire a lawyer after a traffic infraction or accident, the more likely you are to have the best possible outcome.

 

 

 

 

 

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