How Do I Get a Divorce?
This is a question we commonly hear in initial consultations. Most people donâ€™t know where to start and are afraid to contact an attorney.
If your marriage is in trouble, it is time to call an attorney. There is nothing to be afraid of when contacting our office. We are here to help you. If you are in a troubled marriage, here is what you need to consider:
Divorce Requires Careful Consideration
The very first thing you must do has nothing to do with the law â€“ itâ€™s more of a personal thing.
You must decide if you want to stay in the relationship given the current conditions. Marriage counseling is successful in many marriages experiencing problems - however, too often I hear from clients that for one reason or another they have remained in a marriage that is clearly broken and that no efforts are beingmade to repair the same.
Consult with a Divorce Attorney
My clients regularly tell me that it was very difficult for them to make that first call. After meeting with one of our divorce attorneys, they realize that there was no reason to be fearful. At our consults we are normally able to calm your fears and we are always able to explain both the procedures and possible issues involved in your case.
Simply being provided with information helps. You would not believe how much your grief and sleepless nights can be reduced by simply having a few questions answered by professionals.
Filing for Divorce
After consultation, we work with you to decide whether it is appropriate to file now or if certain actions need to be taken before filing divorce. If it is the right time to file, a divorce complaint will be filed on your behalf.
If it is not, a legal separation may be the best option.
Keep in mind that just because a divorce complaint has been filed it doesnâ€™t mean that you must get a divorce. A complaint can be withdrawn at any time.
What Happens after Divorce is Filed?
After filing the divorce complaint, normally both parties will exchange the necessary financial information to divide marital assets. If your spouse is unwilling to voluntarily provide this information, we can use the court system in order to force the disclosure.
After the exchange, attempts are made to reach an agreement on the division of the assets as well as the other economic issues such as spousal support, alimony, and child support. If minor children are involved, we will also attempt to negotiate a child custody order.
If agreements cannot be reached on economic issues or child custody, hearings can be scheduled so that the court can decide these issues.
Call a Divorce Expert
If you find yourself in a troubled marriage, you need to consult with an attorney. MAKE THE CALL - there is no reason not to.
You will feel better after talking with one of our divorce attorneys given that you will be fully informed as to exactly what will be happening if a divorce is filed, whether you should be filing the divorce, and what you need to be doing in order to protect yourself and your children.
We are in your corner.