Some factors create the need for the dissolution of marriage, either through separation or divorce. Regardless of the reasons, the rights of every party should be protected to ensure a fair outcome to the process. However, that's always difficult to achieve as divorce cases involve many emotions and legal complexities. If you're undergoing a divorce process, you should seek the services of an experienced divorce attorney to help you with the process. They are experts in family law, and they help you navigate through the divorce process to ensure a fair outcome.
Below is an overview of the services divorce lawyers offer.
Provide Legal Advice
Before commencing a divorce process, it's important to contact an attorney for advice on legal issues. Since they are experts in family laws and divorce-related issues, they advise you on your legal options and steps to take during the divorce proceedings. For instance, they listen to your reasons for divorce and advise whether they are sufficient to warrant a divorce as per the dictates of the law. They also advise on other legal channels to pursue before going for a divorce based on your issues with your partner. In some instances, they recommend a legal separation for a certain duration to help figure out whether you can reconcile with your partner or proceed with the divorce process.
Not all divorce cases result in fierce court battles between spouses. Sometimes, parties decide to settle down and negotiate a peaceful way out. Having an attorney in the mediation and negotiation process is crucial to reach a favorable outcome for both parties. For example, the most common issues of contention in divorce are child custody and support, spousal support, and division of marital property. Divorce attorneys help negotiate a parenting plan that protects the child's best interest while protecting your rights. They use legal principles during the division of property negotiation to ensure you get what you deserve or the other party doesn't manipulate you. They prepare contracts that include the agreement in the negotiation process, and you can use them as evidence in court if the other party fails to keep the end of the bargain.
Represent You In Court
If you fail to agree and decide to go to court, a divorce attorney will represent you in the court process. They prepare court documents, present evidence, argue on your behalf, and cross-examine the other party. They also file modification of court order petitions after completion of the divorce process. You may need to modify orders the court gives due to changes in or that of a spouse, including significant income changes.