Solutions And Representation For Difficult Situations
Couples grow apart. Family dynamics change. Third parties cause trouble. The result is tangled disputes over children or money or property. How do you resolve these stressful and complex conflicts? How do you protect your interests?
I am James E. Smith II, a family law attorney in Keyser. My 33 years of experience and my financial background are your advantage in divorce and related matters. Sometimes my clients need me to forcefully advocate for them in court. Sometimes they turn to me to calm the waters and find a practical solution. As your lawyer, I will give your case my full attention and honest legal assessment.
Experience Counts In Divorce And Family Law
I practice regularly in the West Virginia family courts of Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, and Grant County, as well as Maryland jurisdictions (Allegany County and Garrett County). I am familiar with the local judges and the state laws as they apply to:
- Contested or uncontested divorce
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support and alimony (if applicable)
- Paternity actions
- Property division, including pension and retirement assets
- Domestic violence protective orders
- Civil union agreements (same-sex couples)
- Prenuptial agreements
- Stepparent adoption and other adoptions
I know that these situations are emotionally charged and fluid. Even if you are on amicable terms with the other party, you may disagree strongly on the best interests of your children or how to move forward. An experienced lawyer is invaluable for steering toward that workable middle ground.
My philosophy is to seek a fair resolution rather than to fan the flames. However, I am an experienced litigator who will help you stand your ground on those issues that matter most to you, your children, and your future. My credentials as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) also help me protect your financial interests and shape a favorable settlement.