What You Should Know

Domestic Relations and Dispute Resolution

Domestic relations are one of the most common issues that involve disputed jurisdiction.

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Complexity can arise when Native American is divorcing a person who is not a member of the tribe, as just one example. The tribal court has jurisdiction over many family law issues, but federal law also plays a part in these matters. The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) may get involved in issues associated with enforcing payment of child support.

Our firm provides legal counsel for important family law matters affecting Native Americans, including the following:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Mediation
  • Litigation

The location of the dispute can also make a difference in how any family law matter is addressed, legally. Laws vary depending upon whether the location was on a reservation, or trust or restricted allotments that are not directly on the reservation.

Our firm has deep experience in sorting out the most complex jurisdictional matters, and can help you with a simple, uncontested divorce, or a contested divorce. In either case, you can be confident that we will do everything possible to protect your interests, and the interests of your children.


Enforcement Resolution

Tribal court judges have experienced problems having Tribal Court decision enforced at the state level, even if the state is required, under federal law, to provide this support. If you are caught between tribal law and federal law, and don’t know where to turn, we can help you sort out these important issues and get your case moving forward properly.

When a family law matter arises, it is important that it is handled with the highest level of professional skill, and by an attorney who is deeply familiar with tribal, state and federal law. We are proud to be of service to Native Americans who are seeking a divorce, or facing a difficult domestic legal matter that will require the assistance of a talented litigator.

Dispute Resolution for Domestic Cases

Native Americans are expected to engage in alternative dispute resolution (mediation) as the first step in resolving a domestic dispute. A mediation can allow the two parties to sort through their differences and come to a reasonable solution that is acceptable to both. This isn’t always possible; some individuals may make unreasonable demands and refuse to negotiate, while others may level false accusations in an effort to gain an advantage in child custody or other associated issue. No matter what your legal problem, we have the skills and knowledge to help you through the mediation process, and to help you to negotiate an agreement that is in your best interests.

Contact our firm for a family lawyer that fully understands the legal issues faced by Native Americans in divorce, child support, spousal support and custody.

Other Services

Native Americans are impacted by tribal, state and federal laws. The laws affect every aspect of your domestic affairs. At C.J. Lee & Associates, P.C., our goal is to help the Native American community achieve their goals in financial matters, in business enterprises, and in complex regulatory issues.

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