Q: How do I know what kind of divorce lawyer I need?
A: Think carefully about your situation. If children are involved you may want a specialist in family law. On the other hand, if you and your spouse have been involved in business together an attorney who knows business law may be what you need. If your joint assets are many and large, you may need more than one specialist.
Q: What if I’m not sure what kind of an attorney I need?
A: Ask for a consultation. An experienced law firm can help you understand your options. They do offer a no-cost consultation. If you’re facing a divorce, this free consultation may be just what you need.
Q: What else should I consider?
A: There are many things to think about when you’re facing a divorce, including cost, how much or how little agreement there is between you and your spouse, the location of the attorney, etc. Your needs are important; take some time to determine exactly what they are.
Q: How much will my divorce cost and who pays for it?
A: It’s impossible in the beginning to exactly determine what the cost of your divorce will be and who will be responsible for the payment. However, if you take advantage of the prospective law firm no-cost consultation that is commonly offered a discussion of costs will be part of that preliminary meeting.
Q: What exactly is a divorce settlement?
A: A divorce settlement, also known as a marriage settlement agreement, is the document that memorializes the agreement between you and your soon-to-be ex spouse. It contains things like the details on custody arrangement and any child support to be paid by whom and to whom, how the property and any cash will be distributed, if there will be continuing spousal support, tax issues, ownership and occupancy of the marital home, disposition of any retirement or pension plans, and more.
Agreement by both parties is required before your divorce will be granted. Having an experienced attorney on your side will make sure you’re fairly treated, and that the details are handled.
Q: Will a judge simply approve our settlement or will we have to go to court and have a trial to finalize our divorce?
A: Either is possible. It depends on your situation. Issues like custody and support of minor children, shared business interests plus how both parties feel about these matters will help determine how your divorce will actually proceed. The lawyers of the Winfrey Law Firm are experienced and will be on your side, making sure the proceedings are fair to you.