Divorce is an emotional and legal process which requires information and preparation. Most people underestimate the amount of time which is required to do it right. The beginning of a divorce often determines its outcome, and its cost. “Filing” for divorce is not the first step in the process. Knowing what information is needed before filing can save time and money later, and can lead to a more successful result.

The worst part of getting divorced is often the fear of the unknown and the uncertainty of what will happen. Many Clients meet with us more than once before deciding when and how to file for divorce. In some cases, there is uncertainty about whether to get a divorce at all. Knowing what to expect will relieve that uncertainty and prepare you for what’s ahead. The more information you have, the more control you will have over your life.

What you include (or exclude) in a Petition for Divorce may limit what you can ask for or discuss later. Once a Petition is filed the Court rules and deadlines apply. Filing on your own may limit your ability to hire a lawyer later. The Court may schedule a Court Hearing before you have had time to meet with a lawyer to prepare your case. You may arrive for the Hearing to find that your spouse has hired a lawyer who is prepared to present a case against you. The results can be disastrous, and irreparable.

Every case is different. Some cases cannot be resolved quickly and some require emergency intervention from the Court, in other cases, once our clients have the information they need to proceed, they opt to have us prepare a settlement proposal for the other spouse’s consideration. Still others opt to participate in mediation - either with or without attorneys. Some couples opt to attend mediation with their attorneys. Others choose to consult with their attorneys between the mediation sessions so that they will be prepared for the next session. Deciding which option is best for you is the first step in the process. Scheduling a legal consultation will help you make the best decision for your case.

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