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Family Law

Helping Clients Navigate Divorce With Skill, Care And Compassion

Divorce is a major life transition that comes with numerous challenges. At the Godley Law Firm, I understand. I am William Godley, the firm’s founder. I am not only a divorce lawyer with nearly 25 years of experience but also a child of divorce myself and someone who has gone through the process of marital dissolution. I empathize with the challenges that you are facing. It takes courage to navigate a life-changing process that combines legal complexities with emotional issues. But you don’t have to go through it alone.

Guidance On All Aspects Of Louisiana Divorce Cases

I established my Lake Charles divorce practice to help people find creative and effective resolutions to divorce and related issues. I am compassionate while dealing with my clients but aggressive in court or negotiations when opposing sides refuse to play fair.

I can help you with any aspect of the divorce process including:

  • Child custody — The best interests of the children come first in every custody-related decision. Disputes arise when one party is not focused on the welfare of his or her kids, acting selfishly and vengeful against his or her spouse. While contested child custody matters are not ideal, I will aggressively pursue the best option in court on behalf of my clients and their children.
  • Child support — State statutes dictate strict calculations involving gross income, expenses and number of children. However, the accuracy of the data is sometimes questioned when a spouse is hiding assets or money or is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed.
  • Spousal support — Spousal support, also known as alimony, falls under two categories: interim and permanent. Essentially, one spouse has the need and the other has the means. While no statutes govern this complex area of divorce law, income and expenses are factors in determining both durations and amounts.
  • Property division — Dividing marital assets is not as easy as dividing by two. Negotiations can drag out and investigations in valuing property can be in-depth and sometimes disputed. As a Lake Charles divorce and family law attorney, my job is to negotiate with the parties to find a resolution or litigate when that provides the best option.

Discuss Your Divorce Questions And Concerns With An Experienced Attorney

I invite you to contact me online or call 800-560-3525 to speak with me about your divorce concerns. I can provide the guidance you need to start moving past this major hurdle and start building your post-divorce future.