When a married couple is seeking a divorce, it can be stressful and overwhelming to make the entire process as simple and quick as possible. Divorce lawyers offer their clients a variety of different strategies and options in order to reduce the amount of time spent on the litigation and decrease the cost of a divorce. Filing with a lawyer is by far the most convenient way to start the divorce proceedings and can also be one of the most difficult steps to complete. This article will outline some of the many different types of cases handled by divorce attorneys.
Divorce Mediation: In most states, a divorce mediation is available to married couples who are not seeking a full divorce. In divorce mediation, divorce attorneys take the role of “counselor” and facilitators for both parties. In exchange for the divorcing couple’s agreed financial settlement, attorneys help to mediate the divorce and form a co-parenting plan that outlines parenting plans for each parent. The majority of states require a mediator to have extensive educational experience in family law enforcement, but many divorcing couples seek attorneys with no background in family law at all. Regardless of whether a divorce mediation is chosen over a full-blown divorce proceeding, both parties must agree to the terms of the arrangement beforehand in order to qualify.
Divorce Attorney: A divorce attorney is often recommended to clients whose cases are heading towards a contested final resolution. A divorce attorney represents your legal interests before a judge and by gathering facts to build your case, he or she can provide you with the knowledge necessary to win in court. Attorneys will collect financial information from each spouse that will be needed to support a case, such as bank records, stock records, retirement accounts, real estate appraisals, cell phone records, and more. As part of their work as “ambulance chasers” for their clients, divorce attorneys often search the residence and offices of the other party in an attempt to uncover evidence of infidelity. If the investigating spouse finds what they consider to be damaging information, the attorney will obtain the court’s permission to use it in court.
No-Fault Divorce: Some couples decide not to proceed with a divorce if they believe that they can reach an amicable agreement regarding the terms of their marriage. For example, one spouse may believe that a divorce is inevitable and feels that working to agree upon a divorce as a couple is pointless due to the lack of love between the spouses. If this is the case, the spouse filing the divorce can use a no-fault divorce. In a no-fault divorce, which requires only the consent of both spouses, the court allows each party to state their own reasons for filing, and the spouses are required to attempt to reach an agreement about issues related to the marriage without involving the court.
Other Unusual Circumstances: Sometimes the circumstances surrounding a divorce require that one or both spouses do not file court papers. For instance, some cases require one spouse to move to another state to raise a family. Or, some partners might have to leave a parent alone to raise children in another state because of a serious financial situation. A few other unusual cases include when a couple has to split because of domestic violence, a marriage that turns sour because of child abuse or when one of the spouses is simply dead.
If you would like to obtain a no-fault or uncontested divorce, you should consult an experienced legal professional. Hiring a lawyer will allow you to get the advice you need on the court forms and whether or not you may qualify for one of these options. You should also speak with your partner if you believe an uncontested divorce is right for you. It is possible that your partner agrees with you and wants you to obtain a no-fault divorce. If your partner decides to agree to an uncontested divorce, you should ensure that you have all of the necessary paperwork in place and that you have all of your debts and financial obligations in order before proceeding.