When Criminal Issues Affect Divorce

Family law and criminal law are very different areas in many ways. Disputes in these areas are decided by different types of courts, drawing on different legal standards.

However, these two areas of law often collide, especially in difficult family law issues such as divorce and child custody disputes. If you are facing a legal dispute that involves both criminal law and family law, it can be very important that you have help from a lawyer with experience in both areas and with cases where criminal law issues affect divorce or other issues in family law.

I am attorney Michael Wing, and I help clients with issues such as:

  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Domestic violence
  • Protection from abuse orders
  • Drug possession
  • Identity theft

Whatever the issues of your case, when you are my client, I spend time with you to learn about your circumstances and legal goals. My background in criminal defense and family law gives me insight into the best ways to resolve issues in both these areas. When we have a strategy in place, I will work hard to help you reach your goals, whether through settlement or in court. I have extensive courtroom experience, and I believe that even when the case can be settled out of court, it's always best to be prepared to argue forcefully on my clients' behalf in front of a judge.

Criminal Charges And Divorce

While couples break up for many reasons, most of them quite emotional and personal, a divorce itself is largely about money. All divorcing couples must go through a process of property division to separate their marital property, overseen by a family court. If one spouse has criminal charges on his or her record, the court may decide that the other spouse should have more of the assets. I help clients defend their rights.

An even more difficult issue often comes up in the context of child custody. If one parent has a criminal record, a court may decide to limit his or her rights to custody or visitation. As a trial lawyer, I have helped parents who are facing this emotionally devastating situation from either side of the dispute, protecting their rights and their children's best interests.

Contact My Office

For help with family law and criminal defense issues and cases in which the two collide, call my office at 251-415-4342. You can also send me an email. I offer a free initial consultation.

The law office of Michael A. Wing, L.L.C., helps clients in Mobile, Alabama, and the surrounding area.