Divorce

DIVORCE

Divorce proceedings are among the most complex, emotional, and highly-contested legal disputes you may experience.  They can include challenging custody, visitation and child support issues,  division of college expenses and alimony. In addition,  you need to consider the division of all your marital assets.

We understand how difficult going through this time can be.  Let us help you to handle these complex issues in a timely and appropriate manner for you.  Let us help you with your concerns about:

  • Child Support
  • Complaint & Contempt
  • Complaint for Separate Support
  • Contested Divorce
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Modification of Child Support
  • Modification of Custody
  • Spousal Abuse & Neglect

What Can We Do For You?

  • A good family law lawyer will take the time to discuss the specific facts of your case and answer your questions about how the law may impact your marriage. Various strategies will be reviewed and evaluated in order to determine the best path to pursue to protect your interests and achieve your goals.
  • We prepare and file all necessary legal documents for you. Having someone knowledgeable and experienced prepare your papers can help to avoid potential problems and delays. An experienced divorce attorney is fully familiar with court procedures and can save you time and money.
  • We communicate regularly with you so that you understand how your case is proceeding and what obligations you and your spouse may have.
  • We will be a strong advocate for you in Court and negotiate on your behalf with opposing counsel for the best outcome.

Note: You must attend all court proceedings in a divorce case.

What You Should Know

Divorce is often a very stressful time for the entire family. A knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate attorney can guide you through a maze of numerous legal, financial, emotional issues. The Courts handle an extraordinary volume of divorce and family law cases and your patience is likely to be challenged. If you have children, the Courts will require that their interests be protected during and after the divorce. Contested divorces can take years to resolve in some cases which can cause financial hardship to a family. Think twice about whether your resources would be better spent on legal fees or preserved for your child’s education and future.

 

Before You Go Into Court ….

  1. SHOW RESPECT FOR THE COURT
    You do not have to buy new clothes for court but halters, worn out jeans and tee-shirts are not appropriate. Don’t chew gum, eat or drink in the courtroom. Be sure to shut off your cell phone.
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  3. BE ON TIME
    If you miss your hearing, the judge can make orders that you may not agree with and which may seriously affect you and your children.
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  5. DO NOT BRING CHILDREN INTO COURT
    Many of the topics discussed in court are not appropriate for young children. Please arrange for a friend or a relative to watch your children while you are in court.
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  7. STAND WHEN THE JUDGE ENTERS OR LEAVES THE COURTROOM
    The court officer will tell you when to sit and stand. If you are in doubt, stand when the judge is standing. You can usually sit down once the judge is seated, unless you are speaking with the judge.
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  9. STAND AND SPEAK WHEN THE JUDGE TALKS TO YOU
    Remain standing as long as you and the judge are talking. You may need to stay standing even if the judge talks to the person on the other side of your case. If in doubt, ask the judge before sitting down.
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  11. THE JUDGE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN TO SPEAK
    Never get into an argument or even a discussion with the other side in front of the judge. Always speak directly to the judge, unless the judge allows you to answer formal questions from the other side.
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  13. SPEAK CLEARLY
    You need to speak and not just nod or shake your head because court proceedings are always recorded. Listen carefully to the questions you are asked. Be direct and to the point when answering questions.
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  15. ALWAYS ADDRESS THE JUDGE AS “YOUR HONOR”
    The judge must keep order in the courtroom and will be making important decisions about you and your children. Be respectful and understand that the judge likes to keep the proceedings as orderly as possible. This helps keep the process fair to everyone.
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  17. YOUR CASE MAY BE “TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT”
    This means that the judge needs time to think about how to decide your case and the court will mail the decision to you once it is made. Make sure the court has your current mailing address.
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  19. DO NOT TALK ON YOUR WAY OUT OR EVEN RIGHT OUTSIDE THE DOOR
    Many times another hearing starts as soon as yours ends, and your talking can interfere with the next case.

 


These Guidelines and all Court Rules Apply to Attorneys.
You Must Follow Them as Well.