For most people, going through a divorce is one of the most stressful events imaginable. Even in the best divorce scenarios, difficult family and economic issues need to be resolved reasonably and objectively. Even though divorces and related custody and support disputes have the potential to be among the most stressful and emotional of all legal matters, having an experienced divorce attorney on your side can make the process easier, and can help to ensure that your interests are protected to the fullest extent possible.
Common Issues That Arise During a Divorce
Every case is different, but most divorces require the resolution of some or all of the following issues: property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support. These issues are often accompanied by even more specific issues -- each of which have the potential to become a conflict that can further complicate and/or prolong the divorce process. Some of these potential complications include:
How a Divorce Attorney Can Help
As you can see from the list above, there are a number of legal questions that must be resolved in a divorce -- which can make the process extremely contentious and adversarial. If you are thinking about filing for divorce, or if your spouse has initiated divorce proceedings, now is the time to make sure you will have an experienced divorce attorney on your side throughout the divorce process.
Possibly more so than in any other type of civil law case, what can be at stake in a divorce may seriously impact you and your family -- legally, emotionally, socially, and economically -- now and for many years in the future. An experienced divorce attorney will evaluate your divorce case with you -- explaining what you can expect and identifying your options. At every stage in the divorce process, your attorney will represent you zealously, and will act to protect both your legal rights and your personal interests, all with the goal of ensuring that the outcome of your divorce is as favorable for you as possible.
For an overview of how to go about finding the right attorney for you, download FindLaw's Guide to Hiring a Divorce Lawyer[pdf]. You can also browse more general information in FindLaw's divorce section.
Want Help with Your Divorce? Contact an Attorney
Finding a divorce attorney or law firm to help you with the divorce process (and all related issues) isn't as hard as you might have heard. Contact a local divorce lawyer who will be able to explain the laws of your state, in addition to represent you in court, should the need arise.