The decision of a divorce is never an easy decision and the process of the divorce can be a life-changing and emotionally charged event for anyone. There are so many uncertainties including, financial security, child custody issues, as well as the division of property, assets, and liabilities. An attorney can help you work through this difficult time and advocate for you to ensure you receive the best outcome. At Carpenter Gandhi, we offer a free consultation for you to sit down with an experienced attorney and discuss your case and concerns.
Divorces are typically comprised of division of property, assets, and liabilities. First there is a determination of what assets are considered “marital” and those assets which are considered “non-marital.” Some assets, such as business(s) may call for evaluations to determine the value of the business which leads into the discovery process to ensure there is an accurate and full accounting and disclosure by both parties.
Spousal support, as well as child support are other major issues which often arise between parties going through a divorce. There are several factors which the Court must consider when establishing to the extent, if any, that one spouse may have to support another spouse or the application of child support and time-sharing.
Many issues can be resolved outside of a courtroom, in a process called mediation. Mediation is an opportunity to work with your attorney and a mediator to openly discuss and attempt to negotiate a resolution of some, if not all, of the issues with the other party. When the parties cannot come to an agreement on some or all, of the issues in the divorce, then a hearing/trial is scheduled before the judge and he or she will then listen to all the evidence and testimony and make a final ruling/decision on those issues.
It is important to have an experienced attorney during this legal process. It is difficult dealing with the emotional trauma of the ending of a marriage, and an attorney can help your navigate through these challenges and transitions for the best outcome in your situation.