If you are currently going through a divorce or you are planning to file for divorce, it is normal to have questions and concerns about the what the process entails and how it will impact your life and family. Divorce is a highly emotional and stressful process. It can also be complicated depending on the specific facts of your case.
Whether you arrived at your decision to file for divorce after months of thought or found yourself forced into the process after finding out your spouse was cheating on you, it is hard to make sense of the life changing process. One way to get through this taxing process with sanity and make sure your rights are protected is to hire a compassionate, yet aggressive, Central Valley divorce attorney. The right attorney can make a big difference.
Asking the Right Questions
In order for your attorney to fully advocate on your behalf and negotiate the best possible settlement for you, it is important that he fully understands your financial picture as well as your short-term and long-term goals early in the process. Although this means that you may have to do some legwork at the outset, it is an investment that will pay off and even result in less billable hours for your attorney.
As you prepare to meet with your lawyer, you should be prepared to discuss these four important topics:
- Property. Whether you acquired your property before, during and after marriage will determine how it is distributed upon the finalization of your divorce. Any property that you acquired during your marriage is referred to as marital property. Property acquired before or after marriage is referred to as separate property. In community property states, such as California, marital property is subject to division between both spouses in equal parts, regardless of whose name appears on the title or deed.
- Child support. Parents are legally required to provide financial support for their children while they are minors – even after divorce. In other words, child support is an obligation of both parents. The amount each parent is obligated to provide depends on various factors. Compiling a list of childcare expenses will help your attorney accurately asses your children’s present and future needs and how much child support is necessary from your spouse.
- Child custody. One of the most highly contested issues you will face during your divorce process is child custody. When determining who is awarded custody, the court will take different factors into consideration, including the physical and emotional welfare of your child, education, and lifestyle. It is best to decide what type of custody you want at the beginning of your divorce process to allow your Central Valley divorce attorney better advocate for your position.
- Spousal support. Spousal support, or alimony, is one of the most controversial aspects of divorce. The court will need to consider different issues, such as the length of your marriage, your employability and earning capacity, when determining how much spousal support to assign. You should be prepared to discuss your financial needs, career goals, and other financial obligations to make sure you have the support you need when you need it.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Divorce Attorney
If you are going through a divorce or planning to file for divorce, it is important that you have a knowledgeable attorney fighting for your rights. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Central Valley divorce attorney, please call Gurjit Srai (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.