Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce. If you have questions about divorce, child custody, child support or alimony, contact me to schedule a consultation.

Divorce - An Overview
A divorce is a judicial process by which a marriage is dissolved. A divorce divides the couple’s assets and debts, determines the future care and custody of their children, and gives each person the right to marry someone else.

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
If a couple has little or no marital property, no children and can agree on spousal maintenance and alimony, their divorce usually goes very quickly. However, most couples have numerous issues to work out during the divorce process. These often involve children or significant marital property including: personal property, real estate, family businesses, concealed debts, trusts, joint and separate accounts, investments, insurance, pensions and other assets.

Considerations during a Divorce
Whether or not to end your marriage is likely one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. While this is an emotional matter, it is important to approach certain aspects of it with an analytical perspective. A divorce involves the resolution of numerous important issues including:

  • Retention of Separate property owned prior to the marriage,
  • Equitable (but not necessarily equal) division of Marital Property including assets such as the family home, joint accounts, stocks and bonds, and family-owned businesses, as well as the allocation of joint debts,
  • Alimony and Spousal Maintenance which can be requested by either spouse, and
  • Child Custody and the related issues of visitation and child support.
Dealing with Divorce
For most, divorce brings numerous difficult emotions. Recovering from a divorce is similar to the grieving process one experiences when a loved one dies. Recovery from a divorce is a difficult and time-consuming process. Family counselors advise that it may take as long as one or two years to truly recover.

An Amicable Divorce
Divorce is one of the most emotional experiences you will ever face. The decision to end a marriage is not an easy one, and often it is accompanied by anger, fear and resentment. The negative emotions associated with divorce often affect the legal process and its outcome. In particular, children can be deeply distressed. It is in your entire family's best interest to approach a divorce from an amicable perspective. This is likely to spare everyone involved a great deal of time, money and emotional pain.

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