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The process of filing for divorce can be a difficult decision to come to and often with that decision there is a lot of uncertainty and fear of what is to come. Generally speaking, most individuals want their divorce to be quick and smooth, so they have the opportunity to move on with their life and have a fresh start. It is important to have a qualified attorney to walk you through the process and streamline the process so you can achieve the results you want and maximize the possibility of the positive outcome you want.
Uncontested Divorce - An uncontested divorce is when both husband and wife have come to a mutual decision on how to split property and the custody of minor children, if any. In the process of filing for divorce certain paperwork must be filed by the court. These documents are often times confusing and the directions may be misleading. Unrepresented individuals must take a day off from work to appear in court at a hearing, which results in a loss of wages. Mistakes on these documents often lead to adjourned hearings for a later date so the mistakes can be corrected. Furthermore, there are no court clerks permitted to give legal advice, which means that if there is no guidance in the proper way to complete the needed documentation, this often results in numerous rescheduled hearings. Having an experience attorney working with you can avoid these mistakes and streamline the divorce process for you.
Contested Divorce - Unfortunately, for many individuals the talk or action of divorce causes a very hostile relationship. In incidents like this, it is often difficult for the parties to agree on how property is to be distributed and the custody of children, if there are any. Sometimes these situations can cause a spouse to act malicious in order to maintain control, leading to a difficulty in reaching any type of amicable agreement. It is important to have an attorney to advocate for you and ensure that you are protected and you get the best possible outcome, especially in the midst of a messy separation and harassing spouse. Our firm can help you maintain your property and prevent further wrongs from happening to you.
Even in instances where a spouse has fled the state of the country, we can assist you in obtaining a divorce. These proceeding can become complex and contentious, so it is important to have someone advocating for you. A divorce is a huge transition stage in life and it often can lead to future implications, so you want to ensure that you have an attorney on your side to negotiate and draft your judgment to protect you even long after your divorce.
Child custody is an extremely important matter to be dealt with during the separation of two parents. Custody problems may arise during separation, divorce, or even just due to a change in circumstances, but whatever the issue may be it is imperative that you work with a skilled attorney to ensure your custodial rights to your child(ren) are protected. Regardless if the parents were married or not, the custodial details of a child's wellbeing must be carefully discussed and a solution that is in the best interest of the child(ren) must be determined. Custody proceedings can either be amicable or contested.
Amicable - An amicable custody agreement is when both parents can agree on custody of the child(ren). Even if both parents agree overall, it is important to have an attorney work though the custody agreement and the fine details such as school, extracurricular activities, health care, and details about your parenting time.
Contested - Unfortunately, coming up with an amicable custodial agreement is more hard to achieve than you might think. It is not uncommon that during a separation your spouse may use your child as a pawn to gain leverage over you. During this trying time, it is important to understand how the child custody process works and Friend of Court's key role in establishing custodial rights. Friend of the Court requires an investigation by a social worker to determine the best interest of the chid(ren). This can be an extremely scary and stressful time, so it is imperative that you understand the process and exactly how it will be handled.
Child support is determined by a complex formula created and there are several factors that weigh into calculating the amount of child support that is to be awarded. Although the child support calculation is complex and strict, with the assistance of counsel you may be able to negotiate and make an agreement with the other party or through accurately including all income of the other party. Child support amounts may change over time if there is a change in income. It is important to meet with an attorney if you suspect there has been a change in circumstances that may impact your child support. Furthermore, an experienced attorney can be used to ensure you are properly represented and getting the best possible outcome for your individual case.
A Personal Protection Order can be obtained through the court tor restrict certain behavior of an individual. Personal Protection Orders can restrict an individual from interacting with you or your children, if necessary. These Orders are extremely important in creating protection for those who might otherwise continue to be harassed, assaulted, threatened, or stalked.
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