You and your spouse have decided to get divorced. There are a lot of emotions: fear, shock, maybe relief, and some confusion. How do you navigate this process?

Finding the right family lawyer will help you navigate through the divorce process and get you the best possible outcome.

The outcome of your divorce will ultimately depend on your situation, location, and desirable outcomes.

For example, the amount and type of property owned is important, but so is the location of the property and who legally owns it.

Some of the most important factors taken into consideration when you’re getting divorced are: the length of the marriage, the number of children, the age of the children, and any special needs the children may have.

Experts on child custody and economic valuation will have to be consulted, and the court always seeks – and requires – the best interests of the children.

While there are many components to divorce, these are some of the first steps you’ll take toward getting divorced once you find a lawyer.

  1. Preliminary Investigation: Your family attorney will start by discussing facts and details of the dissolution of marriage in order to explore the best ways to obtain a favorable outcome. They will brief you on the eligibility of the grounds on which you want to divorce. For example, all states have grounds for divorce specified by law, so it depends on where you live and are getting divorced. Your family attorney will provide a rough idea of the procedure, so you can be prepared for what’s to come.
  2. Initiation process: Your family attorney will start the process in court by filing a writ of summons and complaint in the family division of superior court.

Next, the papers will be handed by a marshal to your spouse to provide legal notice. Preliminary relief can be sought as well to provide emergency temporary child support, alimony, and special requests, such as exclusive possession of the home or protective orders. The responding spouse will have the opportunity to then reply in court and retain counsel.

Many things will be taken into consideration when you’re getting divorced, and it’s in your best interest to have a lawyer to guide you through the process and work toward a favorable outcome.

If you are contemplating or confronting a divorce, contact BoneeWeintraub right away to set up a time to confer with one of its experienced attorneys.