Divorce and Family Law

Divorce and Family Law

Evan F. Danno is an experienced divorce lawyer who provides professional legal services in Northwest Montana. (Generally Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Polson, Libby, and Eureka). With almost half of all marriages ending in divorce, we understand that divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating to the parties and their children. Our attorneys also know that a divorce can be a liberating process that equitably divides assets and encourages both parties to take an active and positive interest in the growth and well being of their children. We are experienced negotiators, mediators and litigators in family law. We take the approach which best suits your case and your goals, whether that is patient and caring or a more aggressive style, if necessary.
The divorce attorney you choose is an important factor. With so much at stake, it is crucial to have an experienced divorce lawyer who can navigate a divorce courtroom to help get the results you deserve.
Divorce, child custody and marital settlements are important issues to you and your family. Our goal at Danno Law Firm, P.C. is to advocate for your rights, whether you are the wife or husband.  If you have been served with divorce papers, we are here to help.

If you are contemplating divorce, or if you have been served with divorce papers, now is the time to call. The divorce lawyers at Danno Law Firm, P.C. are committed to help guide you through the process.

We can handle any of the following:
  • Contested Divorce: If you and your spouse cannot come to a quick divorce settlement, we will take your case into litigation if necessary. That being said, hiring a committed attorney can often help you negotiate a fair result out of court.
  • Uncontested Divorce: In many divorces, the spouses come to agreement on major issues. The agreement you sign can have long-term consequences, so it is in your interest to consult a lawyer and have him or her prepare the necessary documents.
  • Child Custody: Once issued during divorce, separation or paternity action, child custody orders are binding and can be enforced with our help. If it is in the child’s interest to change the arrangement, we will help you pursue a formal modification.
  • Child Support: When a child’s parents do not live together, both parents are required to provide financial support. Child support is based on the income of both parents, and it can be modified as circumstances change. We can also help you with support enforcement.
  • Property Division: Under the laws of Montana, all property is technically in the marital estate. In divorce, we will help you with the details of how much property should go to each spouse.
  • Spousal Maintenance: Also know as alimony, this is sometimes granted during a divorce when one spouse has previously been the main source of income for the family, and the other spouse has a need for it.
  • Paternity: A child has a right to care and support from both parents, even if they are not married. We can help either parent pursue legal recognition of paternity.
Grounds For Divorce: Montana has what is known as “no fault” divorce. Therefore, no grounds are necessary to qualify for a divorce in Montana, other than the parties have incurred irreconcilable differences and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation. A hearing is also required before a Montana District Court can issue a decree dissolving the parties’ marriage.

Contested Issues Can Include but Are Not Limited To:
  • Custody of children
  • Visitation rights
  • Division of assets
  • Child Support
  • Alimony/Maintenance
  • Payment of family debts
  • Distribution of retirement accounts
  • Income tax structuring 
  • Payment of either parties’ attorney’s fees
Factors That Determine Support:
  • Income
  • Relative Earning Ability
  • Age and Physical, mental and emotional condition
  • Retirement benefits
  • Ability of the custodial parent to seek employment outside of the home
  • Standard of living
  • Relative extent of education
  • Relative assets and liabilities
  • Contribution to the education, training or earning ability of the other party
  • Time and expense of the party seeking spousal support to obtain the education, job training or job experience necessary to obtain work
  • Tax consequences
  • Lost income production capacity because of marital responsibility
  • Any other factor the court finds relevant
Talk to your Family Law Attorneys Today. Talking to an attorney is the best way to gain full and complete understanding of all these important factors. Whether you are involved in Divorce, Custody or Support issues, a lawyer can help you apply these factors to your situation.
At Danno Law Firm, P.C., we work closely with our clients to make sure all these determinations are assessed and handled accurately to reflect your situation. We invite you to call our professionals at 406-755-4100, or contact us online to make an appointment.

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