Family Law / Employment Law
West Virginia law firm that puts your best interests first – Klie Law Offices
Legal cases involving family law and employ employment law in West Virginia can be complicated. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you could have a hard time winning your case.
Klie Law Offices understands the importance of your case. We know because our lawyers have spent years successfully fighting for the rights of people injured at work and couples trying to resolve complex legal issues.
The laws in West Virginia for employment cases and 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.
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 and complicated. 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.
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.
This option is an alternative to divorce that makes a marriage void. There are certain reasons that must exist in order for an annulment to be a valid option under state laws.
- 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 that could take place.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Divorce Mediation
Mediation is the preferred method to handle divorce cases. It is the cleanest method that typically results in less time taken up, less money spent, and less energy expended. It is not for everyone though, and requires that the couple be able to talk through issues regarding their joint assets and children.
- 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.
- 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. Whether your situation is a fault divorce or no fault divorce, you will likely have provisions to terminate the relationship. Depending on the situation and reason for divorce, different methods may need to be taken.
- 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.
- 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.
- Premarital Agreement
A premarital agreement is a method of planning in case an unfortunate circumstance occurs in which divorce is an option. This agreement is made prior to making vows and must meet certain requirements. Independent counsel by a lawyer is often a requirement and is also beneficial if child support or spousal support would be required in the case of divorce.
- Property Distribution
Property distribution or property division is a decision that must be made in the event of a divorce. It the couple is unable to reach an agreement on their own, a lawyer can step in and help sort between the joint assets. Equitable distribution refers to an equal distribution of property. If taken to the court, they will divide up the assets based on what is marital and non-marital property, or what was purchased before and after the marriage. In a community property distribution, most of the property acquired during the marriage is considered joint property.
- Spousal Support
Spousal support is also called alimony. It is the monthly financial allowance from one member of a divorce to another. There are many factors that go into who pays financial support and how much is paid. It is typically a key dispute in any divorce.
- Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce is the opposite of a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce is one that can typically be handled by mediation of a lawyer because there is not serious strife between the two parties. The divorce is usually enacted based on “irreconcilable differences.”
- 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.
What kind of employment law cases does Klie Law Offices work on?
In each of the United States, there are laws protecting employees from maltreatment or wrongful termination in the workplace. These are generally known as labor laws or employment laws. For the state of West Virginia, these laws are found in Chapter 21 of the West Virginia Code and cover every kind of dispute that could arise, from management relations to illegal drugs, occupational safety to wages and payment. When an employer or coworker violates any of these laws, an employee has every right under the same law to call them out on their actions and to hire legal representation.
Allow our skilled West Virginia employment attorneys to answer any employment law questions you may have and to represent you in a case. Your employer will likely retain an aggressive lawyer, so make sure you hire an attorney to match. As experienced litigators who have handled several hundred trial cases, we are more than capable of fighting for your rights and presenting a strong argument in court. Contact our employment law firm today if you are facing any kind of employment law situation. Our areas of practice and knowledge of employment laws includes:
- At-Will Employment Laws
In the U.S., a state can either be an “at-will state” or a “right to work” state. At-will employment means that an employer can terminate a worker’s employment for any reason, at any time, with some exceptions. Wrongful termination is still possible if other employment laws are violated in the process.
- Employer Retaliation
When an employee “blows the whistle” on their employer’s violation of employment laws, the employer could attempt to retaliate through threats, reduction of pay, wrongful termination, and more.
- Family Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows workers to take paid time off for certain medical situations, such as having a baby or caring for a family member who is ill or has a serious health condition.
- Holiday Pay
Upon employment, workers are promised a certain number of days of paid leave for vacation purposes. When an employer violates this agreement, an employee has the right to take legal action and obtain compensation for wages lost.
- Hourly Employees
Employees who work by the hour instead of on a salary have specific laws regarding their wages, break times, and other areas. Break times are one of the top causes of employment lawsuits for hourly workers.
- On-Call Employees
Disputes often arise regarding whether or not an employee is working “on-call.” On-call workers are those that live on or very near to their place of work and are required to remain available to work at any time. This is different from employees who must be available for contact from their employer wherever they are.
- Overtime Laws
Workers should only have to work a certain number of hours a day or per week before receiving 1.5 times their regular rate of pay, or double pay if they work particularly long hours. These laws are found in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Paid Leave
Many employment agreements involve a certain amount of paid leave. This is usually referred to as vacation leave, but can be used by the employee for anything within reason.
- Salaried Employees
Although many labor laws involve hourly workers, salaried workers still have a number of rights regarding wages, time off, and treatment in the workplace.
- Sexual Harassment
A person can be harassed physically, verbally, or through acts and gestures. Anyone who is acting in a manner that you consider to be inappropriate or harassing should be reported.
- Religious Discrimination
Bias against a person’s choice of religion is no cause to treat an employee as inferior, to harass them at work, to prevent their advancement, or to terminate their employment.
- National Origin Discrimination
America is renowned as the land of freedom and acceptance. Many immigrants are discriminated against, however, even if they are legal permanent residents or United States citizens.
- Pregnancy Discrimination
When a woman becomes pregnant, their employer could discriminate against them due to their condition or even terminate their employment in lieu of having to handle maternity leave.
- Disability Discrimination
Labor laws as well as the ADA protect employees from being discriminated against due to a disability. Whether you have a medical condition, a physical disability, or a mental disability, you still have equal rights to any other worker.
- Violations of Non-Compete Agreements
A non-compete agreement is usually entered into at the time of employment and requires the employee to refrain from engaging in any act during their employment that would compete with the business of the company.
- Wage & Salary Disputes
As an hourly or salaried employee, disputes can arise regarding how much you are being paid or have been paid, overtime rates, vacation pay, holiday pay, and more.
- Wrongful Termination
When an employer ends a worker’s employment in a manner that violates any of the West Virginia labor laws, it is considered to be wrongful termination. In these situations, the employee has the right to fight for compensation and justice.
Why do I need a lawyer for these kinds of cases?
The implications of family law or employment law case can be dramatic. If you don’t have an attorney working for you, you could possibly lose many of the things you value – your job, your house, your car and many other possessions you worked hard to obtain.
We understand what’s at stake in such cases. We also know that many people often only have one opportunity to make their case. That’s why we work so hard on every single one of them. We know that the work we do today can affect our clients for the rest of their lives.
You can expect the same high standards when you hire use to work for you. We treat every client with dignity and respect. We promptly return phone calls. We answer your questions and always put your best interests first.
Contact Klie Law Offices. Call (866) 408-9059 today to schedule a free case evaluation at our Buckhannon office. We can also meet you in your home or somewhere else if that’s more convenient for you.
Klie Law Offices – we’re here for you when you need us most.