Leslie Ann Christensen Attorney at Law

Council Bluffs, Iowa Family Law Services

Divorce Attorney, Council Bluffs, Iowa

We are here to help you understand the process of divorce in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We will provide you with the legal services for deserve. Divorce can be emotionally taxing, financially challenging and in many ways confusing. We will provide representation for your divorce Council Bluffs, Iowa, giving honest advice and strong representation to men and women who are facing serious marital difficulties. Divorce is life-altering and you deserve representation that provides you with a variety of options and techniques for getting the case closed. We focus our attention by devoting the time it takes to move your case forward.  Don't just hire any divorce lawyer in Council Bluffs, Iowa; find one that understands the logistics of your matter.

Child Custody Attorney, Council Bluffs, Iowa

As a child custody lawyer in Council Bluffs, Iowa, I will help you understand your legal options.  Child custody cases establish the legal relationship between a parent and his or her child, including the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, care for the child, and safely maintain the child. If you are involved in a battle of child support in Council Bluffs, Iowa or a custody battle with the child's other parent, grandparent, stepparent, or any other person, I can help you learn where you stand legally and what your legal options are with respect to your child custody and visitation rights.

Modification of existing decrees, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Changing custody and visitation agreements may be performed with the authority of the court for a variety of reasons. As children mature they may seek an order from the court to change custody and visitation agreements. Likewise, repeated violations of custody and visitation agreements by either parents may result in a change to the existing order.  Modification in Council Bluffs, Iowa can be a complex situation, we will give you the answers you need.

Custodial parent relocation Council Bluffs, Iowa

When a marriage that produced children ends in divorce, the court will determine custody and visitation arrangements for the parties. However, if the custodial parent plans to relocate to a different city, state or country, he or she must notify the noncustodial parent and initiate a legal process to modify the court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements. Our law office in Council Bluffs, Iowa has extensive experience in representing custodial parents who are seeking to relocate with their children, and also in challenging move-away requests on behalf of noncustodial parents.

Grandparent Rights Council Bluffs, Iowa

When it comes to making decisions for their children, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that parents have the final word. But what happens when parents decide that their children should not see or spend time with their grandparents? Although grandparents have rights, they are not automatic. Grandparents must ask the court to enforce them. The law surrounding grandparents rights in Council Bluffs, Iowa is complicated. Plus, the facts of each case are unique. Please contact me if you need help in this area.

Guardianship Council Bluffs, Iowa

Guardianship of an individual refers to a legal relationship created when an individual or institution, named in a will, is assigned by a court to take care of a minor child or an incompetent adult. These matters call for mature, knowledgeable legal counsel. Contact my office for guardianship in Council Bluffs, Iowa assistance with any questions you may have.

Step parent Adoption Council Bluffs, Iowa

Step parent adoption is one of the most common forms of adoption; however, the laws vary from state to state. This adoption occurs when a stepparent agrees to be fully responsible for his or her spouse's child. Following the stepparent adoption, the noncustodial parent no longer has any rights or responsibilities for the child, including child support.  Because this is such a difficult decision, family law lawyers in Council Bluffs, Iowa with all of your concerns and questions.

Juvenile Law Council Bluffs, Iowa

Juvenile delinquency is unlike adult criminal cases in which the goal is typically restitution or punishment, juvenile delinquency matters are geared towards rehabilitation. The courts attempt to intervene with children who have committed crimes, and to guide these young people into being productive members of society. If you or a loved one requires assistance with juvenile law in Council Bluffs, Iowa, please contact my office right away.  We have the best chance of resolving the case successfully.

Abuse/Neglect  Council Bluffs, Iowa

When the Court has an abuse or neglect case, the purpose of the court is to keep individuals (children and elderly) safe. The goal is to help families to have safe homes for their children and for all their loved ones. 

Estate Planning Council Bluffs, Iowa

Every person needs to have an estate plan in place to assure that their assets will be distributed, and their children protected, according to their wishes upon their death. Furthermore, estate plans should be updated regularly, especially upon the occurrence of major life events such as marriage, birth, adoption, divorce, or if a named beneficiary dies. Whether you need a new estate plan or an update to an existing estate plan, I can help you.

Inheritance Council Bluffs, Iowa

Everyone has a unique goal for their inheritance, from planning for their children and grandchildren to leaving a legacy in their community. I'd be happy to work with you to understand what's important to you and help you plan accordingly.  Being a family law attorney in Council Bluffs, Iowa, we can help assist the right decisions for your loved ones.

Advanced Directives Council Bluffs, Iowa

An "advance health care directive" lets your physician, family and friends know your health care preferences, including the types of special treatment you want or don't want at the end of life, your desire for diagnostic testing, surgical procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and organ donation. By considering your options early, you can ensure the quality of life that is important to you and avoid having your family "guess" your wishes or having to make critical medical care decisions for you under stress or in emotional turmoil. If you are unsure of your options or have questions on advanced directives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, we can assist.

Last Will & Testament Council Bluffs, Iowa

A last will and testament is only worth the paper that it is written on unless, of course, it is valid. Although each state has its own list of formalities that must be observed in order to ensure that the document is legally binding, many of these requirements are the same across states. If the last will and testament is not valid, it will not be legally binding on the heirs. I have extensive experience helping clients create valid Last Will & Testaments.  Our legal team can also assist in living wills in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Alimony  Council Bluffs, Iowa

Often in divorces, a spouse is ordered to pay alimony (also called spousal support or maintenance) to the other spouse. The idea seems simple - one former spouse helps to financially support the other - but it's rarely that easy. In all cases, there are many factors the courts look at when deciding if alimony in Council Bluffs, Iowa should be awarded, the amount and for how long. Alimony is often one of the most fought-over items in any divorce. It can make the stress level soar and make the divorce process much longer. Whether you're asking for alimony in Council Bluffs, Iowa or challenging your ex-spouse's request for alimony, it's a good idea to talk to an attorney to help ease the stress and to make sure your interests are protected.

Document Preparation/ Power of Attorney Council Bluffs, Iowa

A power of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another behalf in private affairs and legal matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal, grantor, or donor. The one authorized to act is the agent or attorney or, in some common law jurisdictions, the attorney-in-fact.  If you need a power of attorney in Council Bluffs, Iowa for  legal assistance with any document preparation related to the above (or other) topics, please contact our office.  If you are requesting legal advice in Council Bluffs, Iowa, we can also assist.

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