What to Expect
The prospect of divorcing your spouse may seem complicated and may be an issue of significant emotional distress to you, your spouse and your children. Any divorce has the potential to be highly complex and difficult to deal with, but with a competent attorney at your side you have the opportunity to go through this process in a swift and efficient manner. What can you expect during this process?
The first step to take is to schedule an appointment with a lawyer. There are so many variables that will need to be addressed in a divorce that it will be difficult to say what you should expect or what you can do at this point to have a positive impact on your case. Upon conducting a thorough review of your case and discussing your particular goals and concerns with you, a lawyer can paint a clear picture of what to expect.
You will need to address sensitive issues in your divorce, such as property and asset division,
child custody, visitation, child support and spousal support. The approach taken in your case, a contested or uncontested divorce, will vary depending on your unique situation and relationship with your spouse. Most often, we recommend that you consider mediation or negotiation as a way of resolving any potential disputes that may arise. This is not only a cheaper and faster way of divorcing, it is also typically less stressful for all parties involved. If you and your spouse cannot reach your own agreement, your case may need to go to court. If this is the case, be sure you have an aggressive attorney who can protect your rights and represent your interests in family court.
You should expect a process that will take anywhere from a few months to years, depending on whether your case is settled inside or outside of the courtroom. It has the potential to be highly emotional and difficult to deal with, but with the appropriate approach, by Attorney Turley, it does not have to be this way. You and your spouse may actually be able to reach agreements that work for you now and into the future.