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Divorce can be one of the most painful processes an individual undergoes during his or her lifetime. Regardless of how amicable or contested, or even whether or not you want the divorce to happen, it is normal to have questions, concerns, and fears. Having a strong advocate in your corner who can help guide you through this difficult process is invaluable. However, we view providing legal advice and counsel as only part of our job. The goal in any dissolution should not be to just reach a judgment. The judgment needs to really work for you and be something that will stand the test of time. This means that your specific circumstances need to be taken into consideration when finalizing your divorce. It does you no good to reach a full agreement only for it to fall apart two years later due to short-sightedness. We work with clients to ensure that they consider things such as tax consequences, the changing needs of their children, and the future impact of remarriage or new relationships before entering into a final judgment.

Dissolutions involve at least four and often times five major issues. All of these issues must be addressed, and each case will have different priorities. In general, divorces require attention to the following:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Support (both child and spousal)
  • Property
  • Debts
  • Attorney fees/court costs

All divorces require the same paperwork and follow a similar process. Some cases require more paperwork than others, but for the most part, the paperwork can be broken up into three major groups and include some or all of the following documents:

Initial paperwork

  • Petition
  • Summons
  • Response

Financial paperwork

  • Income and Expense Declaration
  • Schedule of Assets and Debts
  • Declaration of Disclosure
  • Declaration Regarding Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Income and Expense Declaration

Final paperwork

  • Judgment/Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Notice of Entry of Judgment
  • Notice of Rights and Responsibility
  • Declaration for Default or Uncontested Dissolution
  • Waiver of Final Declaration of Disclosure

Even though the similar paperwork must be filed in every divorce, because your case is unique, we do not believe in a unilateral approach. Rather, our attorneys learn about your particular case and set of circumstances before devising a strategy that will be in your best interests. Armed with the facts of your case, we are able to craft strong legal arguments to ensure that your rights are protected.

Often times, people begin their divorce trying to prepare all of the documents on their own. Sometimes they become overwhelmed and discouraged while trying to navigate the legal system. Not only can an attorney assist you with the forms, but you also benefit by gaining confidence knowing that you have someone on your side, watching out for your best interests. Doing something right the first time ultimately saves time and money and most importantly, minimizes your stress level during this difficult time.

Additionally, an attorney helps you realize that the focus is not only about the present situation, but also that of the future. In reaching a resolution to your case, we work on crafting a judgment that will pave the way to your new life in the most seamless way possible. Whether that means taking the case to trial and zealously arguing on your behalf or walking you through a mediated divorce, we strive to devise a strategy that takes into account your personal needs, wants, and desires.

Please contact us to discuss your case and to schedule a consultation.

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