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Family Law

A divorce is one of the most emotional ordeals of life you will ever experience, especially when children are involved.   Each case is unique.  The lawyers of Goss Gustavel Goss, PLLC are capable and ready if an aggressive fight is needed to get custody of the children, enforce visitation rights, obtain a favorable division of assets, or resolve other family law issues.  At the same time, we are sensitive to problems that can be resolved amicably.  Sometimes there is no reason to cause friction or complicate an already difficult court battle.  We recognize when mediation or other alternative dispute resolution is the better course.

Attorneys who guide you through your divorce

We guide and coach you through every step of a divorce, whether it is simple and quick or complex and lengthy.  Idaho law allows divorces for the following reasons:

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Desertion or neglect
  • Habitual intemperance—drunkenness
  • Felony conviction
  • Insanity
  • Living apart without cohabitation for five years


Depending on the situation, the court may grant alimony to a divorcing spouse.  Our attorneys are completely familiar with the factors that the court will take into consideration, and will use these to support your case.

Division of property

Idaho is a community property state.  Generally, all assets acquired during the marriage are divided equally during a divorce. These may include real estate, sole proprietorships, legal liability corporations, and almost all other assets.  A few assets are exempt from equal division:

  • Property acquired before the marriage took place and kept separate during the marriage
  • Property gifted to or inherited by one spouse that was kept separate during the marriage

Child custody

Idaho law requires that the best interests of the child be considered when awarding custody to one or both parents or grandparents.  The court examines:

  • The relationship of the child to the parent and siblings
  • The need for stability in the child’s life
  • The character of the parents
  • The wishes of the child and the child’s parents
  • Domestic violence, if any, in the presence of the child

Legal separation agreements

Sometimes couples decide to separate permanently instead of getting a legal divorce. Similar to a divorce, a formal decree of legal separation provides for:

  • Custody of children
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Division of property.
  • Payment of debts
  • Court costs

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)

These are court orders that divide one spouse’s employee benefits in a pension or retirement plan during a divorce. We fight for a favorable QDRO whenever appropriate.

More family law issues

We also help resolve other family law issues including:

  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Visitation rights

Experienced attorneys striving for constructive resolutions

Contact Goss Gustavel Goss, PLLC at (208) 345-9974 to be represented by a firm that recognizes the emotional trauma involved in your personal and family legal issues.  We put our clients at ease until a resolution is found.

Our Office
  • Boise Office
    401 W. Front St
    Suite 302
    Boise, Idaho 83702
    Phone: 208-514-4497
    Fax: 208-345-9982