A divorce attorney plays a critical role in helping you explore the best options and come to an amicable conclusion that’s in your best interest and that of your family. He or she is an invaluable part of the process and is just what you need to sail through the divorce without losing your mind – and finances.
Divorces are a commonplace these days – we see them on TV, read them on magazines, hear them on the radio and even witness the people close to us dissolve their marriages. But that doesn’t make them any less stressful – emotionally and financially. If you are facing a divorce, it is essential that you approach the process strategically, with a bigger picture in mind. This will not only ensure that you get the most out of it, but also that you don’t end up feeling drained and out. And what better way of achieving this, than working with an experienced lawyer who has a greater understanding of modern law and everything therein?
Here are some of the things that a divorce lawyer does for you:
Provide legal guidance
Arizona, like any other state in the US, has its own divorce grounds that grant you or your spouse the right to file a divorce petition. Some grounds for the dissolution of marriage include fault-based (like cruel treatment, adultery, incarceration or abuse) and no-fault grounds (irreconcilable difference or an irretrievable breakdown). A divorce attorney will explain whether there are benefits to ask the court for a divorce on fault grounds – because this may play a role in establishing whether you’ll be granted alimony or the amount of support that you will be awarded. And if your union wasn’t legal, the lawyer will also help you guide you to making the right legal move.
Account for marital assets and liabilities
Your lawyer can help gather records and track assets and liabilities to ensure that the divorce settlement takes care of everything. You should note that in a marriage, it is possible for your spouse to handle money or be in debts without your knowledge.
Help with child support plans
If you had children with your spouse, your lawyer could design a parenting plan that works for both of you as well as the children.
Explain the division of property
Your lawyer will inform you of how property division works upon divorce. You could be having a separate property that you came with to the marriage, or have gathered assets separately according to the pre- or postnuptial agreement. The attorney will explain whether the state is equitable distribution or community property.
Determine alimony and other benefits
Your lawyer can help you establish whether you are eligible to receive or pay alimony. Often, spousal support is ordered when one spouse makes more money than the other one does, or one spouse sacrificed their career to advance the other’s. Other benefits that one spouse may … Read MoreRead more