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If you’re looking for an attorney to represent you in a divorce or some other family law matter, you will need someone with a proven track record of helping clients to find effective solutions. You will need a law firm that has a reputation for helping people to develop creative strategies.

We urge you to consider Klie Law Offices, a West Virginia law firm with these qualities and more. When you call us or complete the online contact form at the right side of this page, you will find out right away that we understand the importance of your case. Our lawyers have extensive experience guiding clients who are facing difficult disputes involving custody and support and other issues related to divorce.

The laws in West Virginia for family-related legal matters can be complicated and confusing to newcomers. That’s why it’s essential that you have an experienced legal team on your side, fighting for your rights. That’s why you need Klie Law Offices in your corner.

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What types of family law cases does Klie Law Offices handle?

At Klie Law Offices, we believe it’s important to treat every person who enters our office with respect. That’s especially true in family law cases, which can often be contentious. If you choose to hire us as your West Virginia family law lawyer, we promise we will take the appropriate measures to resolve your case.

Every step in the legal process requires people to make important decisions. We can help guide you through each one of these decisions by providing thoughtful advice based on our years of legal experience. These decisions can be life altering and can dramatically change family relationships. Our West Virginia family law attorneys take pride in helping families with any situation and we’re eager to do the same for you.

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Some of the most common family law practice areas and cases we thoroughly know and have experience handling include:


Marriage begins with a commitment that cannot always be followed through with. If you find yourself in a circumstance that leads to divorce the best place to turn is a proficient divorce lawyer who understands your situation. In any divorce situations, all parties involved have many questions and concerns, but not enough answers.

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This option is an alternative to divorce that makes a marriage void, as though it never happened. There are certain reasons that must exist in order for an annulment to be a valid option under state laws.

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Child Custody

When children are involved, a divorce can be much more complex and stressful. The determination of who takes custody of the child or children can affect the lives of not only the parents but the children as well. There are various types of child custody scenarios, including basic and extended shared parenting.

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Child Support

The custodial parent after a divorce may be entitled to receive monthly allowances for support of the child. Child support differs from situation to situation and is based on income of both parties, health care costs, the number of children, and their lifestyle prior to the divorce.

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Contempt of Court

If one or both parents break the declaration of the court, this is called a contempt of court. Court orders are official orders that are not to be disregarded. It is important to seek help of a lawyer if either party has disturbed the court’s declaration. We can help with post-divorce enforcement to get the other party in line with the court order.

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Contested Divorce

A contested divorce is a type of divorce that needs serious legal assistance. The divorce is typically caused by severe situations rather than just irreconcilable differences. Contested divorces usually require trial rather than mediation.

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Custody & Support Modifications

Part of being a human being, especially in the United States, is that our life situations rapidly change. When life changes come about, modification of child support, child custody, or spousal support may have to result. These changes will have to be applied for and approved by the court.

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Divorce Laws

It is not your job to stay on top of the changing divorce laws. A divorce lawyer can work with you to navigate divorce laws as you go through this already time consuming situation. They can often be complex and confusing and encompass a wide array of situations and topics regarding divorce.

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Divorce Mediation

Mediation is an alternative method to handle divorce cases (as opposed to litigation). It typically results in less time taken up, less money spent, and less energy expended. It is not for everyone though, and an experienced attorney can help you understand whether it’s the right option for you.

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Enforcement of Court Orders

Contempt of court often occurs in family law settings by not abiding by another’s visitation rights, failing to pay child support, or not adhering to the responsibilities of child custody. Enforcing a court order can take place by reviewing the court order, drafting a motion that requests compliance and then you will attend a court hearing. A lawyer can assist you through the process to ensure that responsibilities are being adhered to and rights are respected.

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Grounds for Divorce

In today’s day and age, there are many different reasons a couple may seek divorce as a way out of their situation. In a no-fault divorce, you must either cite “irreconcilable differences” – which simply means the marriage has broken down – or that you have lived separate and apart for at least a year. West Virginia also recognizes several “fault” grounds for divorce. Either way, an experienced attorney can help you understand your options.

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Military Divorce

A military divorce creates unique situations that are not otherwise found in a typical divorce situation. Specific state and federal laws apply that are unique to the situation. There are laws set in place that purpose in the protection of active duty military members so that they can respond to divorce situations and they have to be personally served with a divorce summons.

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Parental Alienation

During a divorce case a child can gain a negative view of a parent due to the influence of the other parent. They may begin to see their parent as responsible for the divorce and they can closely associate their opinions with what the other parent has told them. If you are in this situation, you may have legal recourse.

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Premarital Agreement

A premarital or prenuptial agreement is a method of planning in case a marriage ends in divorce. This agreement is made prior to making vows and must meet certain requirements – in particular, it can only deal with finances and spousal support, not child custody or child support. Having a lawyer help with your prenuptial agreement is important to make sure it will hold up in court.

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Property Distribution

Property distribution or property division is a decision that must be made in the event of a divorce. West Virginia is an “equitable distribution” state; equitable distribution refers to a fair, but not necessarily equal, distribution of property. The court must determine which assets are marital or non-marital, which is primarily based on whether they were acquired during the marriage, and then find a fair distribution of those assets.

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Spousal Support

Spousal support is also called alimony. It is the monthly financial allowance from one former spouse to another, usually to help a formerly dependent spouse maintain their standard of living while they work toward becoming financially independent. There are many factors that go into who pays financial support and how much is paid. It is often a key dispute in a divorce.

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Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is the opposite of a contested divorce. Most divorces in West Virginia are technically “uncontested,” but that doesn’t mean they are easily resolved. Many uncontested divorces started out contested but the parties were ultimately able to reach a negotiated agreement without having to go to trial.

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Visitation Rights

When children are factored into a divorce, many decisions will have to be worked through. One of these is visitation rights by the non-custodial parent. The length and other factors of visitation rights will be determined by the location of both parties, the relationship of the parent to child, and most importantly, whatever is in the best interest of the child.

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Make the Right Choice for Your Family Law or Divorce Matter in Upshur County and All of West Virginia

Klie Law Offices represents people like you in a wide range of legal issues. Whether you need a strong attorney at your side in mediation or in court, you can count on our West Virginia law firm to help you through what often is an extremely difficult time. Call today: 866-408-9059 or contact us online.

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