What to Expect from Your Divorce Attorney

Whether you have just filed for divorce or your spouse has submitted a divorce petition with your local family court, once the impending divorce becomes a clear reality, it is easy to feel lost and uncertain about how to approach this difficult situation. An experienced attorney is one of the best assets you can have on your side during this kind of situation. The right attorney can review your situation and let you know what to expect from the divorce proceedings you face and what you can expect as the process unfolds. Why Should I Hire a Divorce Attorney? It


Understanding Financial Disclosure in Divorce

Divorce is a multifaceted and difficult process. One of the most contentious issues in any divorce is financial disclosure. While every state has different laws concerning property division in divorce, it is always necessary to perform a complete and accurate financial disclosure when you divorce. It’s crucial to understand the importance of financial disclosure, what to expect from the process, and the potential consequences for failing to provide a complete and accurate financial disclosure. What Is Financial Disclosure in Divorce? One of the most important elements of divorce is the division of marital property. Most states uphold equitable distribution laws,


7 Tips to Co-parenting After Divorce

Though divorce does occur in many marriages, it still can be challenging to navigate when it happens to you. It is normal to feel confused, lost, or frustrated while you and your ex-spouse decide what your new family structure will be. One of the biggest hurdles that you will have to overcome is deciding what your future co-parenting relationship will be. While there are many different options for custody and child support, the struggles of co-parenting do not end in the courtroom. You will face lots of emotional and logistical challenges along the way. No matter how you decide to


When and How Can I Alter a Divorce Order?

Family law is a unique area of civil law concerned with legal disputes among family and household members. Divorces are the most common cases processed in the family court system. Typically, when a civil or criminal case ends, the judge’s ruling is all but absolute. It is very difficult to change the outcome of any civil or criminal case without completing a very arduous and time-consuming appeal process. Family law is different. The family court system acknowledges that unexpected changes in a person’s life can dramatically influence their ability to adhere to an existing family court order. While it is


Can Expert Witnesses Help in Midwest Divorce Cases?

A divorce is a deeply personal legal case that unfolds in family court, a specialized area of the civil court system. Therefore, all divorce cases are functionally civil disputes that require formal legal resolutions. When you decide to divorce, the process entails a host of legal proceedings, including property division, child custody determination, and more. As your case unfolds, you may encounter complex issues that you, your spouse, and your respective legal teams cannot address on your own. If you are planning to divorce in the near future, it’s vital to know what roles expert witnesses may play in your


Common Mistakes to Avoid During Your Divorce Proceedings

Divorce is likely to be one of the most stressful and emotionally challenging processes you will ever experience. No matter how you and your spouse arrived at the decision to divorce or what motive your spouse had for filing for divorce, it’s vital to be realistic about the situation you now face and determine the best way to approach it. Unfortunately, the emotional side of divorce encourages many people to make crucial mistakes that cost them dearly as their divorce cases unfold. If you are preparing to divorce, review the following common mistakes, so you know what not to do


What Happens During Divorce Mediation?

Divorce is notoriously difficult.  Even if a couple mutually agrees to end their marriage, the legal process is time-consuming, stressful, and expensive. This is especially true when a divorcing couple takes their case to court. Divorce litigation can take months or even years before the couple has their divorce order in hand, and the process may not unfold the way either of them originally envisioned. The stress of divorce litigation is the main reason so many couples divorcing in the United States opt for alternative dispute resolution instead of traditional divorce proceedings. This option provides an expedited, less-stressful path to


What Should a Prenuptial Contract Include?

There are countless misconceptions surrounding prenuptial contracts. Many people believe that suggesting a prenuptial contract is a sign of a lack of faith in an upcoming marriage, and some may feel as though signing a prenuptial contract is essentially a precursor to a future divorce. The reality is that prenuptial contracts provide many advantages to marrying couples, including greater financial security and protection from each other’s debts. Prenuptial contracts are precious for individuals who control great wealth and numerous assets, as well as those who have financial commitments from previous marriages. If you are preparing to marry in the Midwest


When Is Divorce a Good Idea?

In many cases of a struggling or failing marriage, it can be difficult to determine whether divorce is the best course of action. This decision can be complicated even further in marriages involving children, especially younger children. After all, most people assume their children will benefit from growing up in one household with married parents. In reality, however, this is not always the case. Although divorce is certainly not for every struggling couple, it is beneficial for many. Nonetheless, whether or not to go through with a divorce is not a decision that should be taken lightly. To help you


Benefits and Custody After a Military Divorce

Pain from losing someone you love is not easy to deal with, especially for those in the service. Maintaining a marriage is difficult enough while on active duty, making a divorce all that more challenging. Fortunately, there are many options available to active service members and their spouses. If you need help with a family law situation that involves someone in the military, you need counsel from an attorney who understands the complexities of military family law. Rights as an Active Service Member The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects active-duty service members. Usually, when one spouse files for divorce, the


LGBT Divorce and Child Custody Proceedings

In 2015, the Supreme Court made the landmark decision to mandate that same-sex marriages were legal in the United States of America. From this decision, married LGBT couples were entitled to the same benefits that heterosexual couples have, such as Social Security benefits, tax exemption status, insurance benefits, and the right to make medical decisions or be present in the hospital for a spouse. Suddenly, couples that had been barred from being wed legally were flocking to courthouses across the country to say “I do” to their partners. It was and remains a joyous and important part of our nation’s


Emotional Abuse Is Domestic Violence: How to Identify It and Get Help

When you were young, you were likely told “words don’t hurt” if you reported to an adult that someone insulted you. Many of us carried this mantra into our adult lives and thought it to be the truth, but, essentially, it is a false statement. Words are the chief weapon of the emotional abuser, and while no physical injury is sustained, the wounds are palpable and detrimental to the victim(s). Emotional abuse, like any abuse, is not discriminatory; it can and does happen to/is carried out by every age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, religion, etc. Signs of Emotional


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