With a LegalShield legal plan, you will be able to deal with a variety of family matters.  Below are some of the family matters our legal plans cover and the support provided by our Provider Law Firms.

Legal services may vary by state. See the Personal Legal Plan section of this website for more details.

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Family Matters

Uncontested Divorce Representation

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice, consultation and document review. The divorce must meet the following requirements to be considered uncontested.

  • The distinction between a Contested and Uncontested divorce
  • Considerations of children and custody in divorce
  • General outline of state laws on division of property
  • The court process and timing involved in a divorce proceeding and what steps can be taken to speed up the process and reduce the cost.

Division of retirement benefits is available at the 25% discount. This service is available 90 consecutive days from the effective date of the membership.

Contested Divorce

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice, consultation and document review. They will
also address the following:

  • The distinction between a Contested and Uncontested divorce
  • Considerations of children and custody in divorce
  • General outline of state laws on division of property
  • The court process and timing involved in a divorce proceeding and what steps can be taken to speed up the process and reduce the cost.

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount.

Uncontested Adoption Representation

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide representation for an uncontested adoption.
Uncontested adoptions require:

  • All parties agree in writing to the adoption
  • All required consents are attainable and are not contested or challenged

This service is available 90 consecutive days from the effective date of the membership.

Contested Adoption

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on how to obtain a birth certificate for the adopted child and answer questions related to adoption, such as:

  • Financing your adoption
  • The difference between interstate adoption and international adoptions
  • Open versus closed adoptions
  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Surrogacy issues
  • Re-adoption

More specific services will be provided under the preferred member discount such as:

  • Obtaining the necessary consent of the parent who is giving up the child
  • Filing the adoption petition
  • Obtaining a new birth certificate indicating the new parent or parents

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount.

Child Custody/Child Support

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on child custody and child
support, such as:

  • Statutory rights to/ obligations of child support and custody
  • Steps and procedures to initiate or modify child support
  • Process and options to collect unpaid child support
  • Rules, procedures and options for visitation and custody
  • Collecting unpaid back child support
  • What to expect in court

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount.

Guardianship or Conservatorship

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on guardianship and conservatorship. Some examples are:

  • How to determine if someone needs guardianship/conservatorship
  • Am I eligible to be a guardian/conservator
  • What is temporary and permanent guardianship
  • When are guardianships available or necessary

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount.

Protection from Domestic Violence

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice, consultation and document review on issues regarding protection from domestic violence, victim protective orders, temporary restraining orders and similar issues. Also, the Provider Law Firm will provide assistance in filing documentation with the appropriate police and county or district attorney’s office.

Juvenile Court Defense

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on juvenile court matters, including advice on state and local laws such as:

  • Truancy
  • Running away from home
  • When to report Abuse/Neglect

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount.

Uncontested Name Change Assistance

The Provider Law Firm will provide advice, consultation and representation for uncontested name changes. The Provider Law Firm will:

  • Confirm all consents are attainable and that the name change is not contested/challenged
  • Prepare for and attend, if required, the initial hearing to obtain the change in name
  • Court costs and fees are the responsibility of the member.

This service is available 90 consecutive days from the effective date of the membership.

Contested Name Change Representation

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on name changes such as:

  • When and how to legally change a name
  • An explanation of the documentation and information necessary
  • The court process

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount.

Prenuptial Agreement

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation and review prenuptial agreements and provide an explanation to questions such as:

  • When is a prenup needed?
  • Is a prenup enforceable in my state?
  • How do I protect my children in a prenup?

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount.

Uncontested Separation Representation

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on separation and civil annulments, including:

  • Whether your state recognizes a legal separation and the requirements for a separation
  • The affect of an annulment on your family, business and children
  • What paperwork and legal proceedings are required for separations and annulments
  • What decisions need to be made

This service is available 90 consecutive days from the effective date of the membership.

Contested Separation

The Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on separation and civil annulments, including:

  • Whether your state recognizes a legal separation and the requirements for a separation
  • The affect of an annulment on your family, business and children
  • What paperwork and legal proceedings are required for separations and annulments
  • What decisions need to be made

More specific services and representation in court will be provided under the preferred member discount

Elder Law Matters

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice, telephone consultation and document review to members on elder law matters as it relates to the member, including:

  • What protections are available to senior citizens under state or local laws
  • Rights and obligations under Medicare or Medicaid
  • General legal information on nursing home options

Immigration Matters

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice, telephone consultation and document review to members on immigration issues, such as:

  • How to request citizenship or a work or student Visa
  • The validity and duration of Visas and other papers

This service also includes the Provider Law Firm writing a letter or making a phone call on behalf of the member. The Provider Law Firm will review documents (up to 15 pages in length per document) that relate to immigration. More specific services will be provided under the preferred member discount

Incompetency Defense

A LegalShield Provider Law Firm will provide advice and consultation on any incompetency action and the legal necessity and requirements of any proceeding to determine or assess competency; and how mental or physical competency may be relevant in estate matters or guardianship matters. More specific services will be provided under the preferred member discount.