Going through a divorce is usually difficult for all parties involved. The good news is that hiring a good family lawyer can help you with many of the issues associated with a divorce. Whether you need help with asset division, alimony and child support, custody and visitation, or a modification of your divorce decree, working with one of our experienced attorneys can make your life easier for you.
The bottom line is that family law issues should be handled with diplomacy, intelligence, and professionalism tempered with compassion. That's why it makes sense to hire a top family lawyer.Going Separate Ways
Getting divorced usually involves dividing up assets and debts, allowing each spouse to start over alone. The problem with asset division is that it's often really difficult to make it fair for both parties. One partner may have earned more money during the marriage, and sometimes one of the partners incurs most of the debt due to credit issues.
An experienced lawyer won't aim to alienate you even more from your spouse as you're getting divorced. Instead, a professional attorney will work with both of you to make the separation as pain-free as possible. But you will have to be prepared to make compromises along the way.Alimony and Child Support
It's not unusual for one spouse to earn more money than the other spouse. If one spouse stayed home during the marriage, then it may take a long time for that person to earn enough to support the children. Alimony and child support are necessary to bridge the gap and make the transition easier. When it comes to child support, you may end up paying (or receiving) it until your child is old enough to move out and earn a living.Custody and Visitation Rights
Before addressing the issue of child support, it's important to figure out which parent gets physical custody of the kids. Parents can share legal custody even if the child primarily lives with one parent. This makes it easier to take care of official business. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to put down in writing what the actual arrangement will look like. This agreement should include visitations rights for the noncustodial parent.Modification of Your Divorce Decree
After some time has passed, it may be necessary to modify your divorce decree. For example, if you have changed jobs (voluntarily or involuntarily), you may be earning less money. In order to avoid going bankrupt, it might be necessary to adjust alimony and child support payments. Custody and visitation rights can also be adjusted with a modified divorce decree. Our attorneys can help you figure out when that makes sense for your case.