Whether planned or unexpected, separation and divorce can be frightening. The related issues can be extremely difficult for all parties, both emotionally and financially. Although talking to friends and family can help you sort out your feelings and help you cope better with the difficult changes, an experienced attorney can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities.
Dividing and distributing the marital property and debts are some of the many issues that must be resolved after a separation. This process is called Equitable Distribution. Unfortunately, even persons determined to have the most amicable of settlements find themselves involved in an unpleasant and often undesirable battle over marital assets. A Family law attorney will discuss and evaluate various options involving Alimony, Child Support, Property Division, and many other sensitive matters. Proper disposition of these matters will not only spare unnecessary grief and heartache, but will also enable all family members to survive this difficult ordeal. Additionally, retaining an experienced attorney may prove to be a very effective way of clarifying the important issues and helping you reach a reasonable and practical agreement, minimizing the costs and stress often associated with litigation.
Separation does not end your involvement and obligations as a parent. Unfortunately, children are often the party that is most traumatized by separation and divorce. As a parent, you will want to ensure that your children’s best interests are protected. Major decisions concerning child custody and visitation require that both parents have an informed understanding of their legal rights and obligations. With this knowledge, often times parents are able to reach a parenting agreement that provides for child custody and/or visitation without the necessity of a Judicial custody determination.
Consulting an attorney can help you understand your legal rights, responsibilities, and how the law applies to your specific case. Don’t rely on what you think the law may be. Speak with an experienced legal professional. The “unknowns” of separation and divorce are sometimes what cause the most fear. An attorney can help eliminate some of those concerns by providing helpful and particular information about the law surrounding your individual circumstances.