All new spouses begin their marriage with the hope that it will last “for as long as we both shall live.”
However, life often unfolds in ways that we do not expect and divorce is something that many people endure at some point in their life. Although divorce is a common legal proceeding, most spouses enter the process without a clear idea of how it will unfold.
Whether you’re thinking about ending your marriage or you’re already in the beginning stages of the process, it’s important to know that you are not alone. The dissolution of a marriage is rarely a positive experience, but with an understanding about what to expect, it can be significantly less stressful.
How the Process Will Unfold
You will begin by meeting with an attorney for an initial consultation, during which you will share information about your case.
After deciding to retain legal services, your process will then likely involve discussions about six elements of divorce:
- Custody and visitation;
- Child support;
- Spousal support;
- Property Division;
- Payment of Attorneys Fees and Costs; and
- Final Entry of Judgment.
While it may be possible to resolve some of these matters with a settlement agreement, other issues might involve assistance from the Court. Your soon to be ex-spouse will then have the opportunity to file a response.
During the divorce process, your attorney and your soon to be ex-spouse’s attorney may gather information through the disclosure of assets/ debts and income/ expenses. If the attorneys decide to engage in discovery, demands for many types of documentation regarding financial documents, photographs, and other types of information can be made.
Understand the Nuances
Expect that nothing in your case will be as simple as black or white. Instead, the issues involved in your divorce case may be complicated and nuanced.
There might be a temptation to distort the truth to improve your case; however, doing so means committing perjury and subjecting yourself to criminal sanctions. Understand that the divorce process often involves compromise. It is important to be realistic about the issues of disagreement and to be prepared for different outcomes.
Seek Out Legal Help
For tailored advice about your situation, be sure to reach out to a divorce lawyer. Knowing your lawyer and working with them to employ a strong legal strategy will ease your anxiety about the divorce process.
You will need the guidance of a seasoned and compassionate Divorce and Family Law Attorney to help you find the best resolution for you and your family. Contact Rebecca Medina, an experienced Fresno, California Divorce Attorney who has helped many clients just like you.