A divorce is one of the most difficult things a person can go through in life, both emotionally and financially. It involves the end of a relationship that at least one, if not both spouses thought would last forever.
Ending a marriage commonly involves separating and dividing the parties’ financial lives, both assets and debts. It also often involves dividing time with children. Separation may also come with the need for some restrictions on the couple’s behavior towards each other. The obligation of ongoing support from one spouse to another and support for minor children are often at issue. The process is not only emotionally and financially draining; it can be very complex.
There are usually at least seven questions divorcing couples have to answer:
- What are the grounds for divorce going to be?
- How are custody and visitation with minor children going to be handled?
- Who will pay child support and how much will they be required to pay?
- Will one spouse be required to pay alimony? If so, how much and for how long?
- How will the property be divided? What about the debt?
- Are restraining orders or other restrictions on future conduct necessary?
- Who is going to pay for the divorce?
It can take a great deal of time, effort, and information to answer each of these questions. There is often a great deal of complexity involved in locating and valuing assets. Custody determinations often involved multifaceted investigations. Alimony is seldom a simple analysis. These are some of the things that make can make divorce take so long and get so expensive.
At the Collins Law Firm, P.C., our job as family law attorneys is to help you get answers to these questions in the manner best suited for you and your children. We work hard to achieve the best outcomes for our clients whether through negotiation, mediation or trial.
While it is our hope that most people will never have to deal with the pain of a broken marriage, if that’s what you’re facing, we’re here to help. We can provide support for you and your family through this difficult time, and guide you through the choppy waters or family court.